I ask myself: Why would I want to jump out of this perfectly functioning plane? Then it all happens so fast.
The area east of the Tiller Trail Highway has reopened along with the Threehorn Campground.
"Keeping people out of the woods helps protect the woods,” said CFPA’s John Flannigan. “We don't like it; it affects us too. A lot of folks like to hunt but our main job is to protect the forest, so if that's what's required, that's what we'll do."
According to the Coos Bay Bureau of Land Management, BLM rangers have stepped up enforcement and increased their presence at the beach.
Fire managers expect to have the Collier Butte Fire contained by the end of the month.
Four baby birds have hatched in recent weeks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary.
The Oregon Health Authority issued the advisory on Wednesday of last week after water samples showed higher than normal levels of fecal bacteria.
Visitors should expect increased delays at the Annie Creek entrance station as all park traffic will be routed through this point during the temporary closure of the north entrance.
Shellfish biologist Scott Groth says it’s because of a historically large bloom of phytoplankton -- a microscopic plant that releases harmful toxins.
Much of the old wooden equipment at Lion's Park had been there for around 50 years.
Nearby residents have been documenting the problem for weeks: tarps strewn in trees, abandoned campsites in the sand, trash scattered on the beachfront.
Officials say water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water – especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria – should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted.
Extremely dry conditions coupled with active fire in the Forest’s landscape have elevated the potential risk of wildfire throughout the area, officials said.
This year, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower is expected to last through the late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning period of Aug. 12-13.
It’s about 6 miles to the top, with around a 4,900-foot gain in elevation. It took us around 7 hours roundtrip.