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Local Thunderstorms leave new wildfires burning in Oregon(New) Thunderstorms leave new wildfires burning in Oregon(Photo Gallery)
For the second time this month, lightning raked across Oregon and left new wildfires in its wake.

On the Willamette National Forest, the Forest Service said crews are responding to two new smokes near Oakridge in the wake of Tuesday's lightning.

The Umpqua National Forest is tracking down 6 possible fires, and the Douglas Forest Protective Association is looking for starts on lands under its jurisdiction.

Lane County Fair opens Wednesday

Lane County Fair opens Wednesday »Play Video
Ready, set, go - to the fair

Rain or shine, the annual Lane County Fair kicks off Wednesday.

Crews were working to put the finishing touches on the midway before visitors arrive.

"There's always a lot of last-minute stuff that just can't get done until Tuesday," said Rachel Bivens with the fair, "but we're all used to it, and we all love it, and we thrive on it."

Grooving grandpa goes viral

Grooving grandpa goes viral »Play Video
We dare you to try not to smile watching the groovin' grandpa dance his way into hearts. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports he tosses his canes with disdain.

'Keyboard Kitten' reboots for Oregon adventure

'Keyboard Kitten' reboots for Oregon adventure »Play Video
Meow

The "Keyboard Kitten" came to life for author Bob Welch early one morning last year with unexpected help of his own cat.

"One morning he literally walked across the keyboard, and he started typing letters and numbers and asterisks and such," Welch recalled, "and I said to myself: children's book."

Welch teamed up with his good friend and illustrator Tom Penix, and Comma the kitten's adventures in Oregon began.

One book just wasn't enough.

Comma is back in the sequel, "The Keyboard Kitten Gets Oregonized".

Hollering Place: 'This is a project that has a story to tell'

Hollering Place: 'This is a project that has a story to tell' »Play Video

Development of a destination retail and lodging complex at the Hollering Place is one step closer to becoming a reality.

"I'm really excited that we're now moving forward on a project that could eventually bring some jobs, bring some economic development to Empire which really needs it," said Bob Garcia, chairman of the tribal council for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.

Sheriff: 2 bodies found in aftermath of house fire

Sheriff: 2 bodies found in aftermath of house fire
Photo courtesy South Lane Fire and Rescue

Two bodies found in the ashes of a Creswell-area house fire last week have not yet been identified.

"The fire burned so hot that at this point we don't even know if the bodies are male or female," Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

The Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify the victims.

Pilot survives helicopter crash in rural Washington

Pilot survives helicopter crash in rural Washington
Rescuers place the injured helicopter pilot on a gurney at the crash site.
A helicopter pilot is injured but apparently conscious after crashing in a rural area of Snohomish County, officials said.

Buy fruit at Costco or Trader Joe's? Fruit recall goes nationwide

Buy fruit at Costco or Trader Joe's? Fruit recall goes nationwide
The Trader Joe's in downtown Boise. FILE Photo by JERRY MANTER -- KBOI2.com web producer

Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure.