Firefighters throughout the state have had a busy month fighting fires, and while some have been caused by lightning, a news release from the Oregon Department of Forestry states that human-caused fires are causing concern.

“It’s startling how many human-caused fires we’re seeing right now,” Steve Meyer, protection supervisor for the forest department, said. “Firefighting resources are spread pretty thin at this point in the summer. Now is the time we are really asking for cooperation in following the Public Use Restrictions, also known as Regulated Use Closure.”

Meyer reminded people that they can be held liable for the cost of suppression if they are caught causing fires through careless handling of campfires or other methods.

“The nights may feel cooler, but the fuel conditions indicate that we are still deep in fire season,” the news release stated. “Many of the measurements that fire managers use to assess conditions, are pointing at drought-like conditions.”

Travelers through forestlands are asked to be prepared for emergencies by bringing a shovel and a gallon of water or large fire extinguisher.

Restrictions may vary depending on the land manager or management agency. Current Public Use Restrictions can be found online at bmidc.org/restrictions.

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The Eastern Oregon Counties Association is set to add four new members.

Gilliam, Lake, Wasco and Wheeler counties are preparing to join the EOCA, which lobbies and advocates on behalf of Oregon counties east of the Cascade Mountains.

The 13 that have been part of the EOCA for several years are Union, Wallowa, Baker, Umatilla, Morrow, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Malheur and Sherman counties.

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The Hermiston Herald is now accessible in other languages through the newspapers’ audio option on www.hermistonherald.com.

Readers can click on the globe next to the words “Listen to this article now” at the top of each story, and change the audio from English to six other languages, including Spanish.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center continues to provide takeout and delivery meals to senior citizens in the community.

The menu for Thursday, Aug. 27, is baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and dessert.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m. Meals are $4 and can be picked up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

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