Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. A Tiny Miracle Out of the Ash — September 20, 2014
  2. Plans Set for Roseburg Mill Employees — September 18, 2014
  3. Firefighters Discuss Recovery — September 18, 2014
  4. Long Healing Process for Mill Community — September 16, 2014
  5. Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen — September 13, 2014

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July Complex at Critical Point

  NEAR ETNA, Cal. – Danny Breuklander winds his ATV up the logging roads near Mill Creek. The lone member of the Texas Canyon Hotshots keeps an eye up to the sky and an ear on the radio. The rest of his team is further up the hill hoping for a helicopter drop. It’s up … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Lined Despite Spotty Storms

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Hand crews and bulldozers sift through ash and burning logs under clear skies at Parker Mountain. The stormy weather has already come and gone, and within a few hours it’s already onto mop-up duty. The 7-10 acre fire, just north of the main body of the Oregon Gulch fire, is one … Continue reading »

Red Cross Scouting Greensprings Shelters

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Red Cross volunteers are posting up in the Greensprings area to advise residents for possible evacuation, and to scope out shelters. Two volunteers were called out to the area near the Greensprings Inn Monday morning in response to the growing threat of the Oregon Gulch fire. In addition to setting up … Continue reading »

Fire Safety Officers Issue Heat Warning

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – In addition to battling the fire itself, crews on the Oregon Gulch fire have been having serious issues battling heat exhaustion. On Sunday alone, three firefighters had to be taken away from the lines — one of whom was airlifted away after going into shock. That prompted safety officers to issue … Continue reading »

Threatened Homes Hard to Estimate

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – The State Fire Marshall’s Office estimates the Beaver Complex is threatening 270 homes between Southern Oregon and Northern California, along with 50 other outbuildings. But the Jackson County Sheriff’s office clarified those homes are defined as structures with a certain property value, meaning it isn’t clear how many people are actually … Continue reading »

Incoming Storm Worries Fire Crews

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Firefighters got a brief stroke of luck heading into Monday morning. After days of explosive growth, calm winds and overcast skies kept the Oregon Gulch fire to 36,568 acres. That’s a scant few thousand acres of growth from the day before, given the way the fire had been spreading. But officers … Continue reading »

Salt Creek Fire Closer to Containment

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – While the Oregon Gulch fire continues to grow, crews are reporting good news on the other end of the Beaver Complex. Officials at the Salt Creek fire say they’re getting closer to containment by the day, allowing them to slowly shift to a one-front battle. Right now the Salt Creek fire … Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion Plagues Firefighters

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As if the fires themselves weren’t enough to keep crews on their toes, fire officials say the heat and dry conditions are putting unusual strain on them this year. In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be evacuated to the hospital because of heat … Continue reading »

Pinehurst Inn Remains Open During Fire

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Despite the Oregon Gulch Fire being just a few miles away, owners of the Pinehurst Inn say they’ll continue to stay open and operate as a rest stop for visitors and fire personnel. Thick clouds of smoke could be seen over a ridge next to the inn, right off Highway 66. … Continue reading »

Ashland Fire Urges Evacuation Planning

ASHLAND, Ore. – In light of stormy conditions and numerous fire starts in the area, Ashland Fire & Rescue is advising all residents to prepare for evacuation, even those who don’t live near any of the areas being affected. Spokespeople with the department say those who wait until an evacuation notice is issued often forget important items. … Continue reading »

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