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Photos: Smoky weekend in the Willamette Valley

Photos: Smoky weekend in the Willamette Valley

The smoke that settled in the Willamette Valley on Saturday burned eyes, hurt lungs - and created quite the photo opp.

'Forecasted conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate'

'Forecasted conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate'
A screen grab of a graph of data from LRAPA monitors in Eugene show the rapid arrival and gradual dispersal of particulate matter from wildfire smoke.

A shift in the wind helped sweep smoke from the Willamette Valley on Monday morning, ending a nearly 2-day long seige that reduced air quality to unhealthy levels.

But the winds out of the West are pushing smoke back into Central Oregon, where the state DEQ has issued an air quality alert until further notice, forecasters said.

Current Air Quality Conditions and Wildfire Locations

Chickens, sheep, cats and dogs march in Festival of Eugene PAWrade

Chickens, sheep, cats and dogs march in Festival of Eugene PAWrade »Play Video
Pets with paws, hoofs, and talons assembled Sunday to take part in the pet PAWrade put on by the Festival of Eugene and Greenhill Human Society. Animals and their owners gathered around a stage and voted for the best tricks, the best owner and pet matching costumes, and the most creative outfits. The weekend event at Skinner Butte Park lasts through Sunday night.

Animals of all shapes and sizes marched in a parade – or rather a PAWrade – Sunday in an effort to get new homes for deserving pets.

Additional 250 Oregon National Guard members to fight wildfires

Additional 250 Oregon National Guard members to fight wildfires
Canyon Creek Complex. Photo by Gert Zoutendijk of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office

Governor Kate Brown announced that she is activating an additional 250 Oregon National Guard members to help fight wildfires. They will begin their training in Salem next week.

Meet Corduroy, the world's oldest cat who happens to live in Oregon

Meet Corduroy, the world's oldest cat who happens to live in Oregon »Play Video
When she was 6 1/2, Ashley Okura picked a kitten from a litter and named him Corduroy.

When she was 6 1/2, Ashley Okura picked a kitten from a litter and named him Corduroy. That was 1989. It's now 2015, and Corduroy keeps on purring.

Father, son accused of impersonating police officers

Father, son accused of impersonating police officers
Seth J. Von Allmen and Kurt F. Von Allmen

Officials arrested a father and son duo from Portland for allegedly posing as police officers and pulling at least one person over on the highway. 

Gov. Brown and President Hollande praise Americans who stopped gunman

Gov. Brown and President Hollande praise Americans who stopped gunman »Play Video

Gov. Kate Brown is saluting an Oregon National Guard soldier for his courage after helping to subdue a gunman on a train in France. Now, she’s calling him the pride of Oregon.

Remote control planes and drones take to the sky at Red Wing RC Monsterfest

Remote control planes and drones take to the sky at Red Wing RC Monsterfest »Play Video

The sky was buzzing Saturday as remote control airplanes and drones took flight from the ERCA Flying Field in Eugene during the Red Wing R.C. Motorfest.