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Zach Urness

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Scio, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Zach:

Report and burn severity maps show impact of Cedar Creek Fire at Waldo Lake, Oakridge area

A new report and burn severity maps show the impact of the 127,311-acre Cedar Creek Fire that burned this summer near Waldo Lake and Oakridge. → Read More

Oregon's 'Green Friday' brings free fishing and state parks entry, waterfalls, tree cutting

With Oregon celebrating 'Green Friday' once again, here's five ideas for things to do over the holiday weekend. → Read More

Oregon weather: Heavy rain in valley, major snowfall on Cascade passes over weekend

The wildest weather of the season is expected to hit Oregon beginning Friday and lasting through the weekend. → Read More

Explore Oregon Podcast: Biggest stories of summer ’22 include wildfires, campsite pirates, permits

In this episode of the Explore Oregon Podcast, host Zach Urness breaks down the biggest stories from the summer of 2022. → Read More

Reality stars Heavy D and Diesel Dave help remove plane wreck from Jefferson Wilderness

Last week, two helicopters dropped off multiple personnel on the mountain and lifted the wreckage out after the fatal crash. → Read More

Marion Lake area features waterfall, fishing and sweeping views

Marion Lake has a lot to explore in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. → Read More

Winter weather advisory issued for 6 to 10 inches of snow on Oregon mountain passes

A winter weather advisory has been issued for snow and high winds on Western Oregon's mountain passes and some highways into Wednesday morning. → Read More

What wildfire victims need to know: Trial set for high-stakes Labor Day fires suit against Pacific Power

A class action lawsuit that blames Pacific Power for damage in the 2020 Labor Day fires is moving forward. → Read More

Oregon and Washington wildfire growth could fuel worst air quality of the year

"I don't think the air quality will be as poor as (after the Labor Day Fires in 2020), but it could be as bad as anything we've seen yet this year." → Read More

Wildfire-burned Shellburg Falls won't reopen until next spring after delays

One of the most popular waterfall hikes in the Salem area and Santiam Canyon won't reopen until next spring. → Read More

Family of pilot killed in Jefferson Wilderness plane crash raising money to remove debris

Wayne Wirt, 67, of Chehalis, Wash., died when his Piper Cherokee crashed just south of Mount Jefferson on a high peak on Sept. 22. → Read More

Crash closes Highway 22 east of Gates

A crash Monday night closed Highway 22 east of Gates in both directions in the Santiam Canyon. → Read More

Fistfights, 'campsite pirates': Anger boils at crowded Oregon campsites

From fights over campsites to park rangers being assaulted, Oregon's campgrounds are getting angrier. → Read More

Oregon fire danger to mellow Saturday evening, air quality improves Sunday night

Major improvements for wildfire danger and air quality are on the way, but this weekend could be bleak. → Read More

'The entrance is burning.' Campers evacuate Milo McIver State Park, Estacada area

Campers at Milo McIver State Park along the lower Clackamas River near Estacada had to flee late Friday night after a wildfire ignited and spread. → Read More

Evacuations ordered as fire reported in South Salem south of Vitae Springs Road

A fire has been reported in South Salem near Vitae Springs Road South and Skyline Road South. Multiple fire crews are on the scene. → Read More

Cedar Creek Fire now 33,100 acres, next 24 hours may bring extreme growth toward Oakridge

The Cedar Creek Fire could see extreme growth over the next 24 hours as east winds hit the fire that could move it toward Oakridge. → Read More

Backpack, fish, swim or search for waterfalls at Linton Lake in Three Sisters Wilderness

There are a variety of adventures to be had a Linton Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness. → Read More

Oregon to see extreme wildfire danger similar to 2020 Labor Day blowup

A red flag warning is in place for all of western Oregon from Thursday night into Saturday. → Read More

Use ‘extra effort loophole’ to score permits to Matthieu Lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness

Outdoors reporter Zach Urness shares his tips on exploring Matthieu Lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness. → Read More