News Stories Aug. 6, 2018 - KWSO 91.9

News Stories Aug. 6, 2018

(CNN)Catastrophic wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the weekend to make it the fourth largest in the state’s history. No one has been injured in the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of two fires — the Ranch Fire and the River Fire — burning around Clear Lake, in Northern California. Combined, they form the biggest blaze that California firefighters are currently battling. Altogether, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 266,982 acres — growing about 70% over the weekend. As of Sunday night, it was 33% contained. Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 17 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is changing the way hunters and anglers buy licenses and tags. ODFW says the new way will be more convenient and take less time as licenses will be bought on line with the option of printing at home. The new methods will go into place on Dec. 1 for all 2019 licenses and tags. In addition to being easier for the hunters and anglers, it will also save ODFW money, to the tune of around $2 million annually. ODFW will also offer a cell phone app that can hold the tag or license. The app will work in areas with no cell service, but users are asked to make sure their cell phone batteries are charged.

Firefighters increased containment on the South Valley Fire burning near Dufur Sunday. It is now 20,026 acres and 60 percent contained. Officials dropped all evacuation orders to a Level 1 (Get Ready). Crews are focusing on mopping up hot spots to make sure the fire does not jump containment lines.