Most Wildfires Closer to Containment

MEDFORD, Ore. — Crews watched and waited as the storms moved through, hoping the weather would help, rather than hurt, the firefight in Southern Oregon. The Douglas Complex reached 100% containment just this week. Fire management has yet to report containment problems created by the storm. Crews did respond to one lightning started fire near … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. – Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

Wednesday Wildfire Information

Below is the most up to date information regarding the wildfires burning across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Whiskey Complex — 17,339 acres, 75% containment, 453 personnel The Umpqua National Forest has revised the Forest Order near the Whiskey Complex by reopening parts of the closure area. South Umpqua Road (Forest Service Road 28) and … Continue reading »

Hot Shot Crew Works Swing Shift

MERLIN, Ore. — There’s the crew that works during the day and the crew that works during the night. Tuesday a swing shift from noon to midnight was put into place. This hot shot crew focuses on waiting for the right time to burn out. As the sun set on day 25 of the Big … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Update for August 17, 2013

Information below provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Douglas Complex The Douglas Complex is now 72 percent contained and has burned 46,932 acres to date. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. … Continue reading »

Communication Challenges at Forest Fires

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — Nearly 79,000 acres are burning. All of these fires are burning in very rural, rugged terrain. Communication is key to get resources in motion. Cell phone service, radio signals, and internet service are all among the things that pop up overnight once a fire camp is established. Before fire fighters are … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Updates for August 15th

Douglas Complex: The lightning-caused Douglas Complex fires have burned 45,698 acres to date and is now 55% contained. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Big Windy Complex: The Big Windy Complex, eight … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Update for August 10th, 2013

Whiskey Complex: Total Size: 10,656 Acres Whiskey – 8,946 ac Buckeye – 1,683 ac Smith Ridge – 27 ac (Contained) Containment: 40% Personnel: 911 Friday’s Red Flag warning has been extended into Saturday because of the continued threat of thunderstorms. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but lightning can easily ignite fires … Continue reading »

Work Continues on Big Windy Complex

NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — Fire crews say they’re racing against time to create a perimeter around the Big Windy Complex. The roughly 14,000 acre fire has seen relatively favorable weather conditions, but officials say changing winds could make it much more active. Fire officials say the terrain at the Big Windy Complex is some of … Continue reading »

Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff

SALEM, Ore. — In honor of the young firefighter who died in our area this week, flags will be flown at half-staff across Oregon on Saturday. Governor Kitzhaber ordered all public institutions to participate, after 19-year-old Jesse Trader rolled his truck down an embankment on the way back from the Big Windy Complex on Tuesday … Continue reading »

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