Big Windy Evaluation Report

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — An environmental group is doing their own evaluation on the Big Windy fire. The fire burnt nearly 29,000 acres along Bear Creek Road and the Rogue River last summer.  The report includes information about the fire effects and fire behavior as well as an examination on the environmental impacts to the … 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 »

Big Windy Team Packs Up

MERLIN, Ore. – Sunday is the last full day for the Big Windy camp. The third and final type one incident management team on that complex leaves Monday. Now, the rest of the work gets turned over to the Department of Forestry. This is the third type one team to occupy that camp during the … 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 »

Big Windy Crews Form Contingency Lines

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex is completely boxed in by a contingency line. “It has about a six mile contingency line that they are currently working on today where they are burning out back towards the fire,” Public Information Officer, Tin O’Donnell, said. Douglas Complex fire crews have been building contingency lines for a … 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 »

Satellite Images Since Day 1 of Fires

Below are the satellite images progressively in order beginning on Saturday, July 27th. The above images are all courtesy of the National Weather Service in Medford.

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 »

The Smoke is Here to Stay

NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — Fire officials say despite the amount of expertise assigned to these fires, we will likely be feeling the effects for quite a while. Experts say while fire behavior is influenced by changes in humidity and winds, nothing short of an extended period of rain would have a long term impact. They … Continue reading »