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Highest Priority Fire: Douglas Complex

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GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been named the highest priority fire in the nation.  It has burn more than 21,400 acres and is at five percent containment.

Seventeen different fire departments from Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties are at the Douglas Complex fire. Fire officials are calling for additional resources to help fight the fire. They are having to call in assistance from across the nation because the resources in Oregon are already in use.

“We’re all strapped for this area all the way to the south,” said Oregon Department of Forestry public information officer, Megan Ehnle.   “Arkansas… New Mexico… We’re trying to get as many resources as we can.  It’s pretty busy down here so we’re pulling from everywhere we can.”

Dispatching additional resources takes time and planning according to Douglas Complex public information officer, Angie Johnson.  To dispatch resources to a fire, officials work through a dispatch system.  They try to dispatch locally first. If that does not work,  then they send their request to a coordination center in Salem, where the order goes to other districts in the state. If there are no resources in the Pacific Northwest region, then officials must call in fire districts outside the region, which is what the Douglas Complex officials are doing now, according to Johnson.

“There are so many fires going on right now that everybody is looking for the same thing we’re looking for,” said Johnson.

Fire crews from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and other states are on their way to the Douglas Complex.  Fire officials say it will take them two to three days to get there.

The National Guard is also  being dispatched to the Douglas Complex as well.

“We’re using them for road blocks and just personel,” said Ehnle. They have aircrafts available for us. We’re just thankful that  they’re coming so we’re going to try to utilize them as much as possible.”

Fire officials say they’ve spent $2.3 million dollars so far on the Douglas Complex fire.

 

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  1. POD says:

    When the balance of nature is upset this is what happens. Forest fires are natural and necessary, and when fires are suppressed for decades this sort of catastrophic event is what will occur. It’s time to stop trying to find a solution with the same mind set that created the problem in the first place. Let’s start thinking outside the box and let Nature have her way!

    1. Sparrows345 says:

      Great plan, Hoss. Let the Labrador fire for instance be another 500,000 acre Biscuit Fire Redux, and this time around the only thing coming back will be scrub oaks.

    2. Tori says:

      It was lightening. Nature did have her way. Your comment is ill informed. People didn’t cause this fire. I’m sure there’s a crisis somewhere where you can hate humanity, but this isn’t it.

  2. Terri Doyel says:

    Let’s bring logging back to our industry to thin out the dense trees. It’s a renewable resource and saves our communities.

  3. RidgeRunner says:

    Nature’s fire is also beneficial to the many endangered forest critters; not to mention the wonderful smoke naturalizing mankind’s lungs.
    Overall, a great experience.

  4. Elsie Bittle says:

    WE NEED TO GIVE THANKS TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS TO AND NOW ALL THESE CREWS COMING IN GOD BLESS YOU ALL BE SAFE OUT IN THIS SCARY FIRE ALL PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL

  5. Rancher says:

    Over half of what is burning is O&C land. If the BLM had been managing it for county and school support like they are supposed to, there would be miles of roads and fire breaks already installed, and there would have been massive fuel reduction. Instead, a bunch of bureaucrats back in Washington DC decided to abandon the land. Well, if you want “natural,” this is what you get.

  6. Cynthia says:

    Hey POD:
    If we always let “mother nature” have her way then many people and animals would not continue to survive on this planet… think about it

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