Firefighters & Crews get BIG “Thank You”

YREKA, Calif., — Tuesday morning Liana Wilson put up a Facebook post asking for people to help make signs to thank the firefighters. By 6:00, Tuesday night, more than a dozen people were in the back parking lot of Siskiyou Central Credit Union with paint brushes, crayons, and poster paper in hand. For more than … Continue reading »

Firefighters Compensated for Overtime

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass firefighters are being awarded back-pay for overtime wages. The International Association of Firefighters submitted the petition to the Bureau of Labor and Industries on behalf of city firefighters in June 2011. They claim overtime hours worked should be paid accordingly regardless of whether hours up to the 40-hour work … Continue reading »

Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 Victims

MEDFORD, Ore. — Over a hundred firefighters climbed the tallest building in the Rogue Valley as a symbolic gesture to the lives lost 12 years ago on September 11th. The tribute to the World Trade Center attacks is an annual tradition at the Rogue Valley Manor for southern Oregon firefighters. Firefighters got their protective gear … Continue reading »

City Firefighters Staying Local

MEDFORD, Ore. — City firefighters are staying close to their stations for now. Right now, Medford’s Fire District 3 only has one crew member out on the Douglas Complex. Local crews usually stay in town until the governor declares a fire “conflagration” for their county. This grants special permission to utilize other crews and resources in … Continue reading »

The Life of a Firefighter

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been burning for 5 continuous days. Some firefighters on the scene have been there since day one, and others are just arriving. Their morning begins with a morning briefing scheduled bright and early at 5:30 a.m. every morning. More than 300 people gather around a map in … 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 »

Douglas Complex Continues To Burn

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire continues to burn.  It has consumed 21,000 acres so far.  The Douglas Complex fire began Friday when lightning started 54 fires in the area bordering Douglas and Josephine counties.  Those fires combined into two big fires, making up the Dad’s Creek and Cow Creek fires. The fire remains … 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 »

Reinforcements Head to Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — For the third straight day, fire crews are hard at work battling the Douglas Complex fire approximately seven miles north of Glendale. Two-thousand firefighters from Oregon and Washington are expected to be on scene by Sunday night.    According to fire officials, the Douglas Complex fire is the largest complex burning this … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prepare for Dry Lightning

WILLIAMS, Ore. –With dry lightning in the forecast, fire crews are preparing for more wildfire outbreaks. The Pacifica Fire is 95 percent contained.  Fifty firefighters and one strike team remain at Pacifica Ranch on Wednesday.  The crews are mopping up hot spots in the area and are on standby in case another fire starts. “They’re … Continue reading »

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