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Cornet fire spreading, large smoke plume visible from Baker City

A strong hot wind is feeding the Cornet fire in southern Baker County this afternoon, producing a large smoke plume visible from Baker City.

The fire has burned "several hundred acres," Jamie Knight, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Forestry, said this afternoon. 

Bev Duby, who lives at Hereford, about five miles west of the fire, said the temperature was 93 at 3 p.m. with a gusty south wind.

BLM working on new 100-acre fire in Burnt River Canyon

The Windy Ridge fire has burned about 100 acres in the Burnt River Canyon south of Baker City, according to the BLM’s Vale District.

Windy Ridge is about eight miles east of Dooley Mountain.

Two engines, Vale Helitack and two heavy air tankers are on scene at that fire. Two crews have been ordered to the scene as well as a bulldozer.

Lightning fire burns 243 acres in Hereford area

The largest of more than a dozen fires sparked by lightning Monday in and around Baker County is burning near Cornet Creek, several miles east of Hereford.

The fire, which is 50 percent contained this morning, has burned 243 acres, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

Putting your best porcine foot forward

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald — Taylor Cochell guides her hog around the auction ring in front of prospective buyers Saturday at the Baker County Fair. The Eagle Valley 4-H Club member hoped her 249-pound swine would garner a good sale price. J.Q. Livestock 4-H member Kaiden Dalke took the award for grand champion market swine that sold for $5 per pound.

See more photos from the Baker County Fair in Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald 

Cattle: king of Oregon ag sales

Cattle regain top spot among the state’s ag products for the first time since 1993

By Jayson Jacoby

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After 20 years of playing second fiddle to the likes of tulip bulbs and maple trees, beef cattle have regained their spot at the top of Oregon’s list of most valuable agricultural products.

The sale of cattle and calves — the biggest sector of Baker County’s ag industry for decades — brought in $922 million in gross sales in 2014, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Lime Hill fire contained; cause still uncertain

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker County’s biggest fire of 2015 is fully contained, but investigators have yet to figure out what sparked it.

The Lime Hill fire, reported about noon Wednesday along Interstate 84 about 40 miles southeast of Baker City, burned 11,929 acres of brush and grass, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Boise.

Spitting Image

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Orrin Cobb, 8, puffs up for a great spit during Thursday’s watermelon seed contest.

Baker County Fair contest includes an unexpectorated variety of techniques

By La’akea Kaufman

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Thursday’s watermelon seed spitting contest was a chance for Baker County Fairgoers to take a break from ogling fattened steers and cooing at precisely groomed rabbits, and showcase their own talents. 

A sheet of paper about 12 feet long by three feet wide serve as the playing field. Two large buckets stocked with watermelon slices sit on a folding table at one end, the participants line up on the other.

Flying high — on two wheels

Submitted photo Les Parsons shows one of his many stunts.

Freestyle motorcyclists perform Saturday

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

As a child, Robert Haslam loved to climb trees and jump.

At 4, he started riding a dirt bike.

Now 27, he flies across a gap of 75 feet, 40 feet in the air, as he does tricks on a motorcycle.

That’s freestyle motocross, which he took up seven years ago.

Fire foiled

By Jayson Jacoby and Chris Collins

Baker City Herald

A range fire that threatened Huntington on Wednesday evening couldn’t break through control lines Thursday, and fire crews hoped to have the 12,000-acre blaze nearly contained by dusk Friday.

“They held the line yesterday,” BLM spokesman Larry Moore said Friday morning.

Lime Hill fire 50 percent contained, no growth Wednesday

Cause remains undetermined, but investigators don't believe lightning was ignition source

The range fire that started about noon Wednesday and threatened Huntington, did not grow Thursday, remaining at an estimated 12,000 acres, BLM spokesman Larry Moore said this morning.

"They held the line yesterday," Moore said.

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