Fire Crews Transition Out in Glendale

GLENDALE, Ore. — The outgoing fire management team creates a transition guide to let the incoming team know what they have done so far and what they are required to do, going into the next two weeks. Incident management teams are only allowed to be on a fire for 21 days. For many at the … 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 »

Crews Use Thermal Cameras for Hot Spots

NEAR WOLF CREEK, Ore. — Burnouts are working to contain one of the largest wildland fires in southwest Oregon but the threat is not over. Fire crews are monitoring the Douglas Complex with thermal cameras. NewsWatch 12 followed a three-person crew Friday night. They say helicopters can check for hot spots but their work is a bit … Continue reading »

View of Forest Fires from Above

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — As firefighters continue to contain the Douglas Complex, cameras are keeping an eye in the sky for flare-ups. The Dutchman Butte fire protection lookout hasn’t been staffed since 2008 because a camera is now mounted on top of the original lookout and it does everything; the camera spins 360 degrees every … 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 »

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 »

Fire Camps Resemble Small Cities

GLENDALE, Ore. — Firefighters have been camped out at Glendale High School and Riddle Elementary for 18 days now. The fire camps are set up to resemble small cities. They have communal showers, a portable laundromat, and food trucks serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those amenities take a lot of supplies according to the Douglas … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Must Relocate for School Year

GLENDALE, Ore. — Fire crews have to be out of Glendale High School on August 20th for school to start back up and they say they are not sure where they are going to go next. By the time that date comes around, the Douglas Complex Incident Management Team hopes to only have 400 firefighters … Continue reading »

Incident Management Teams Transition

GLENDALE, Ore. — Incident Management Teams are required to take days off.  They can work up to 14 days straight. Depending on the what company they work for, some crews get one day off after 14 days and others get two days off. The Incident Management Teams camped out at Glendale High School has been … 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 »

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