The lake has historically closed on Oct. 31 and reopened to fishing on the traditional trout opener in late April. But after a rule change by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2012, it's now likely to become a popular ice-fishing destination.
Paul Herbling ushered in the 2013 fishing season by catching one of the first trout of the year on New Year's Day while fishing off the frozen surface of the Diamond Lake. This year marks what could be the last time that the fishing season will stop for winter.
The Butte Fire, which broke out on the Diamond Lake Ranger District on the Umpqua National Forest late Tuesday afternoon near Windigo Butte, is now estimated at 120 acres and is also burning on Deschutes National Forest.
A few years ago, John Rachor painted his helicopter orange and yellow, so it would be easier to spot if he ever crashed and became the target of a search and rescue operation in the rugged forests of southwestern Oregon. Over the past six years, he...