Students in Portland Public Schools will not return to their classrooms until next year. The PPS school board voted to continue with remote learning through January 28th. Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero cited metrics from the Oregon Health Authority, which require the state and the district’s local counties to stay below five-percent for COVID-19 positivity rates for three weeks.

Fire crews working to contain Oregon’s major wildfires have surpassed 50-percent containment for most of the blazes. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center, only the Lionshead Fire in Marion County is below that mark. That wildfire is at 46-percent containment after burning 204-thousand acres. Crews are reporting minimal growth for the fires that are still burning.