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 »

Most Wildfires Closer to Containment

MEDFORD, Ore. — Crews watched and waited as the storms moved through, hoping the weather would help, rather than hurt, the firefight in Southern Oregon. The Douglas Complex reached 100% containment just this week. Fire management has yet to report containment problems created by the storm. Crews did respond to one lightning started fire near … Continue reading »

Rain Affecting Firefight at Labrador

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Labrador Fire in Josephine County is still zero percent contained. On Thursday, crews were unable to utilize helicopters because of visibility issues. Since the start of the fire firefighters could not fight the flames on foot very well because of the rough and dangerous terrain. A fire assessment team with … Continue reading »

Illinois River Road to Remain Closed

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Due to safety concerns, the U.S. Forest Service says the Illinois River Road is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time due to the Labrador Fire. Labrador Fire currently has no containment lines around it and Forest Service says current weather conditions could give the fire potential to … Continue reading »

Labrador Fire Proving To Be An Anomaly

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Officials are calling it an anomaly as a nearly stagnant Labrador Fire is forcing crews onto the sidelines. The roughly 2,000-acre fire has barely changed in size in the past week, but containment remains at 0%. Now officials say a shift in strategy could be on the way. The fire has … 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 »

Crews Use Biscuit Fire to Fight Labrador

SELMA, Ore. — Fire crews on the Labrador Fire say they have had plenty of experience in how to handle the flames. That’s because much of the same crews battled multiple wildfires in that area over the past 10 years. Many firefighters and managers helped battle the Biscuit Fire in the Illinois Valley in 2002, … Continue reading »

Experience Helps Crews at Labrador Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Fire crews on the Labrador fire say they have had plenty of experience in how to handle the fire. That’s because much of the same crews battled multiple wildfires in that same area over the past 10 years. Many firefighters and managers helped battle the Biscuit Fire in the Illinois Valley in … Continue reading »

Progress With Labrador Fire in Selma

SELMA, Ore. — Since the fire started there wasn’t much crews could do about the snags falling from the hills near the Labrador Fire, but they have been able to build contingent lines. Now, they’re collecting hoses and equipment. One 20 person hand crew is glad to go home for a bit. They’ve been in … 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 »

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