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DFPA: Fire season ends today

Fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Umpqua National Forest will officially end fire season on their respected lands today. The end of fire season is a result of cooler temperatures and rainfall returning to the area.

With the end of fire season, all Industrial Fire Restrictions and Public Use Restrictions on DFPA protected land and the Umpqua National Forest will no longer be in effect. Backyard debris burning outside of incorporated cities will be allowed without a permit from DFPA, however, residents should contact their local fire department before conducting any burning as fire restrictions vary between local fire districts. The end of fire season does not affect the status of the current wildfires (whether they are contained, controlled, or out) nor work on the fires in any capacity.

Despite the end of fire season, fire officials advise residents to exercise caution when burning or using fire in the woods. Even outside of fire season, several days of sunshine and dry weather can create a fire risk even if a week or more of rainy, cool conditions precedes them. When burning yard debris, make sure to have an adequate fire trail around the pile or incinerator and never leave the burn unattended. Campfires are now allowed on public lands or private property with landowner permission, but should be fully extinguished before leaving. Should a debris pile or campfire escape, the responsible party may be financially responsible for damages and fire suppression costs.

The only type of burning requiring a permit is for industrial logging slash and heavy debris disposal burning. Any type of commercial tree harvesting that requires excess debris to be burned constitutes industrial logging slash and therefore requires a permit to burn. To request a permit for industrial slash burning, call DFPA at 541-672-6507.

Fire staff with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Umpqua National Forest would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during the 2017 fire season.


Head Start is accepting wait list applications

COOS BAY — South Coast Head Start is accepting applications for wait list placement in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs offered throughout Coos and Curry counties. Openings may occur weekly, and the wait list is used to fill any available spots. Programs are provided at no cost to families.

For more information or to receive an application, call 541-888-3717 ext. 204.

So it Goes celebrates two years

COOS BAY — So it Goes Coffeehouse will be turning two years old Friday, Oct. 13, and is inviting the community to celebrate with a champagne art opening featuring the powerful work of artist Joi Smith of Astoria, and the music of Crushing Crayons. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Champagne will be served for those 21 and older at no charge. So It Goes Coffeehouse is located at 190 Central Ave., Coos Bay.

For more information, call 541-808-9333.


Coos Elderly Services to host Charity Bingo

COOS BAY — Coos Elderly will be hosting holding their fourth annual Charity Bingo event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Holy Redeemer Church, ADDRESS. They are seeking sponsors and prize donations.

To help, contact Coos Elderly Services at 541-756-1202 or

First Interstate Bank hosts grand opening

NORTH BEND — First Interstate Bank will be hosting a grand opening celebration at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 1611 Virginia Ave., North Bend. The event will celebrate a successful transition from Bank of the Cascades to First Interstate Bank, a merger that occurred mid-August. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call First Interstate Bank at 541-756-3102.


CB Library hosts Tween Book Club

COOS BAY — Coos Bay Public Library is inviting kids 10-13 years old to the free Tween Book Club. The club meets once a month to play games, eat snacks, and discuss books. The next meeting will take place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay.

For a list of upcoming meetings and books, visit or call 541-269-1101. Sponsored by the Friends of the Coos Bay Public Library.

Library service district board seeks members 

NORTH BEND — The City of North Bend is accepting applications from individuals passionate about libraries who would like to serve on the Coos County Library Service District Advisory Board representing the North Bend Public Library.

Applicants must live outside of the North Bend but within the boundaries of North Bend School District 13. The successful candidate will be appointed to serve a four-year term.

Applications are available at Paper copies of the form are available at North Bend City Hall, 835 California St.; North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.; or by calling 541-756-8500.

Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 23 by 5 p.m. Please submit applications to City Recorder Rene Collins, North Bend City Hall, P.O. Box B, 835 California St., North Bend, OR 97459 or emailed to For more information, contact Gary Sharp at 541-756-5442, ext. 0025 or

League of Women Voters to host forum

COOS BAY — The League of Women Voters of Coos County will present an informational forum on the Coos Bay Schools Bond Measure 6-166 from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Coos Bay City Hall, 500 Central Ave., Coos Bay. Coos Bay School Board Member James Martin will be the presenter.

The League of Women Voters of Coos County is a non-partisan organization providing informational forums as a voters’ service project to encourage active and informed participation in government.

For more information, contact Judith Vanduzer Uno at 541-404-0274 or Sue Thornton at 541-297-8305.