Crews Harvesting Wildfire Timber

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is reaping in the benefits from the wildfires over the summer. The Josephine County Forestry Department is harvesting forest lands burned from three wildfires this summer. Those three fires – Stratton, Dad’s Creek and Brimstone – burned about 2,600 acres. Crews are harvesting about half of that and they … 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 »

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.

Brimstone Fire Nearly Contained

MERLIN, Ore. — A single tent is all that remains at the Brimstone fire camp at North Valley High School as fire crews are moving out and moving on to other nearby fires. Boxes were stacked up and briefing displays were torn down Monday at the Brimstone camp in Merlin. Officials are hoping to have … 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 »

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 »

Information Center Key For Updates

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fire officials gathered in one place Wednesday afternoon to give updated information on each of five complex fires in southern Oregon. To help organize and clarify all the information and updates come through the Joint Information Center in Grants Pass. “If you can’t get immediate, accurate information, then a story begins … Continue reading »

Wednesday Morning Fire Update

Tens of thousands of acres continue to burn in Southern Oregon. The fire being called the nation’s highest priority, the Douglas Complex, has grown to 25,000 acres.  At last check it was 5% contained.  It is burning outside of Glendale. The Labrador Fire, burning about 12 miles Northwest of Cave Junction, is considered extremely active. … Continue reading »

Feeding Firefighters Keeps Crews Busy

MERLIN, Ore. — While the Brimstone Fire continues to grow, so does the line of hungry firefighters returning from the fire lines. A team with Star Catering prepared the meals for the firefighters, a feat managers say is challenging itself. “It’s always a fight to get this many guys fed. When you’re looking at 700 … 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 »