Wildfire Update for August 8th, 2013

Big Windy Complex Acres: 14,085 Percent Contained: 5% Total Personnel: 1,339 A community meeting will be held at the Galice Community Hall at 4 p.m. this evening. On August 7, an additional Level 1 notice was issued for the area of Galice Access Road, including the road north to the Graves Creek Bridge. A red … Continue reading »

Community Reacts to Big Windy Tragedy

MERLIN, Ore. – Many firefighters are still learning the details around Jesse Trader’s death. But officials say within 24-hours every firefighter nationwide will be informed. Meanwhile, community members are still reeling from what they say is like losing a brother. “We’re family. We’re not blood but we’re family,” said Leighanna Peacock, owner of Baldini’s Family … Continue reading »

Family Mourns Son Killed at Big Windy

MERLIN, Ore. – The family of a fire crew member killed Tuesday said he was a leader who was close to becoming an elite firefighter. Jesse Trader, just 19 years old of Albany, was killed Tuesday while driving a water truck at the Big Windy Fire, burning near Galice. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said … Continue reading »

Big Windy Claims Life of Firefighter

Near Grants Pass, Ore. — Early Tuesday morning 19 year old firefighter, Jesse Trader, was killed while helping battle the Big Windy Complex in Josephine County. Sheriff Gilbertson says the young man was driving a water tanker and was killed when it rolled into a ditch along Bear Camp Road at milepost 10 near Soldier … Continue reading »

Tuesday Morning Fire Update

Here is the most up to date information on the wildfires burning across Southern Oregon and Northern California.   Big Windy Complex — 10,841 acres, 0% containment, 1,159 personnel Jenny 3,092 acres, Calvert Peak 177 acres, Big Windy 7,572 acres Officials are still concerned the Jenny Fire will jump the Rogue River.   Douglas Complex — 38,406 … Continue reading »

Big Windy Complex May Cross River

MERLIN, Ore. – In two days the Big Windy Complex has grown from just over 6,000 acres, to over 9,000 acres. Now one of its three fires is threatening to jump over the Rogue River. Fire officials say infrared shots show the Jenny Fire moved north over the river, but infrared shots are too imprecise … Continue reading »

Monday Morning Fire Update

Firefighters are continuing to battle several fires burning tens of thousands of acres throughout Southern Oregon. The fire with the most overnight activity was the Big Windy Complex.  It grew by 1,693 acres to 9,192 acres.  It is still 0% contained.  Officials are concerned the Jenny Fire, which is part of the complex, will jump … Continue reading »

Update on Regional Forest Fires: 8-3-13

Here is updated information on the forest fires currently burning in Southern Oregon. This information is provided by the SWOR Joint Information Center. The following is consolidated information for each of the major fires burning in Douglas and Josephine Counties: Total Fires: 5 Total Acres: 47,843 BIG WINDY COMPLEX Location: 25 miles NW of Grants … Continue reading »

Friday Update on Wildfires

Labrador Fire The estimated size of the fire remains at 2,020 acres. There is no word on containment. Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail. The Labrador Fire is burning in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. … Continue reading »

Rogue Is The Only Route For Fire Crews

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — Fire crews and local rafting guides teamed up and packed up rafts full of supplies and floated down the Rogue’s rapids to structures in danger. Firefighters from across the country have arrived in southern Oregon and within hours a handful were sent down the Rogue River. “I’ve done rafting for fun, … Continue reading »

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