Fire Season Continues Despite Rain

MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite the stormy weather outside, fire officials say it may not be the season ending event they’ve been looking for. It looks like summer is on its way out, but the wildfires apparently still have some life left in them. Fire officials say they’re still looking for what they call a season-ending … Continue reading »

Man Trapped by Wild Fires Returns Home

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — A Southern Oregon man, trapped at his hotel business for 16 days, is now safe, and back in his wife’s arms. The co-owner of the Black Bar Lodge near Bear Camp Road was essentially trapped by the Big Windy Fire. Thursday, after more than 2 weeks, conditions were finally safe enough … 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 »

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 »

A Look at the Type I Fire Team

GLENDALE, Ore. — While the Douglas Complex may be the highest priority fire in the country, some of the country’s most elite firefighters are elsewhere. Officials are calling the Big Windy Fire one of the most complex because of its rugged terrain, which is why it’s getting what’s called a Type I incident management team. … Continue reading »

Thursday Morning Wildfire Update

For information on evacuations, road closures and meetings, click here.  Here is the latest information on all of the wildfires currently burning in southern Douglas County, and northwestern Josephine County. Total acreage burning has now grown to 39,828 acres: Douglas Complex, near Glendale: -28,496 acres burning -7% contained Labrador Fire, near Selma: -1,970 acres burning -remains … Continue reading »

Smoke Keeps Fire Helicopters Grounded

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A valuable firefighting resource is stuck on the ground, as the thick smoke above Southern Oregon continues to prevent helicopters from taking to the air. 16 helicopters are parked at the Grants Pass and Illinois Valley airports, and pilots are unable to take off because of poor visibility. Fire crews said … Continue reading »

Smoke Choking Much of Southern Oregon

SELMA, Ore. – Thick smoke continues to tighten its choke hold across Southern Oregon, impacting air quality and forcing people to take steps to protect their health. The smoke from six wildfires across southwest Oregon have been swept across our region and into Northern California. Air quality levels have been constantly changing, but reporting stations … Continue reading »

New Crews Sent Out to Brimstone Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Officials with the Department of Forestry say two fires, the Big Windy and Brimstone fires Northwest of Merlin, are demanding much of their attention, but only one of the two is receiving resources. The 1500-acre Big Windy fire is being called one of the most problematic because of its remote location, but … Continue reading »