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911 is not working

Authorities reported at 9:40 a.m. this morning (June 23) that the 911 system is not working and anyone in Curry County who has an emergency and gets a busy signal when dialing 911 should instead call 541-469-3118 and press 0.

Brookings Police Department Lt. Donny Dotson reported that the 911 system is not operating in both Coos and Curry counties. Frontier is investigating the outage, but there is no estimate of when 911 will become available, Dotson said.

 

“People should call 911 first, but if they get a busy signal, then they should dial the other number,” he said.


Fire season: Another dry summer ahead

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A firefighter burns bush to thwart the advance of the approaching Collier Butte fire in August 2015. File photo.

It’s shaping up to be another dry summer in the West, but Curry County’s wet winter could be the singular saving grace in a land of low-running creeks and dusty agricultural lands.

Fire season officially begins Friday, June 24, Coos Fire Protective Association (CFPA) announced this week. Three fires have already burned in Oregon, including a 2,094-acre fire 13 miles north of Sisters, a 21,776-acre fire in southeast Oregon and another west of The Dalles. All but the fire in Owyhee Canyon in southeast Oregon — to which CFPA has already deployed one crew — are in mop-up operations.

Nine fires are burning in California after severe heat waves moved in this week — temperatures surpassed 100 degrees in much of that state. 

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