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There are currently more than 10 active fires in Oregon, according to InciWeb, a government incident information system. Of those, the Canyon Creek Complex Fire is the largest, at 105,684 acres and 49 percent contained as of press time. More than 900 firefighters are currently working on that blaze, include six National Guard units. In Central Oregon, the Warm Springs County Line 2 Fire was 88 percent contained at 67,207 acres. That fire has close to 500 people still working to control it, but is expected to be fully contained by Thursday. Its caused, though widely speculated, is still under investigation.

The Bend Chamber will host a Best in Business Showcase, highlighting local businesses and providing an opportunity for networking. Attendees will vote on four categories: Best in Show, Innovation Award, Impact Award, Superior Taste Award, and Best Giveaway.

"The Best in Business Showcase celebrates our Central Oregon's diverse businesses while providing professionals with new networking opportunities," said Robin Rogers, Bed Chamber's senior vice president of programs and events. "The showcase will foster community pride while giving participants a fun, high-profile way to converse with both current and potential customers."

Exhibitor applications are due October 15. The three-hour trade show takes place October 28 at The Riverhouse Convention Center.

The Rotary Club of Bend and Rotary Club District 5110 recently granted $30,000 to support the ReachAnother Foundation, which works in Ethiopia to prevent and treat neural-tube defects such as hydrocephalus and spina bifida. While proper treatment can allow children with these conditions to live healthy lives, many die due to a lack of trained surgeons. The organization helps fund prevention efforts and provides neurosurgical training for local doctors. One of Rotary's members, Linda Johnson, has been working with a doctor in Ethiopia since 2011.

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Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...

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