Oak Flat Homeowners Ready To Evacuate

OAK FLAT, Ore. — The community of Oak Flat in Josephine County remains under a Level 2 evacuation.   A Level 2 evacuation means homeowners need to be ready to leave at a moments notice. Glenn Lewman and his family were still at their house along Illinois River Road.  They have been moving their belongings … 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 »

Improved Visibility Helps Fire Fight

ILLINOIS VALLEY, Ore. — Getting resources on the forest fires have been difficult. Half a dozen helicopter have been ground for most of the week due to low visibility near the fires. As the Labrador Fire continued to burn, visibility improved, allowing pilots to get back into their helicopters and back to the fire fight. … Continue reading »

Fires Crews Utilizing Illinois River

SELMA, Ore. — The Labrador Fire continues to burn now at 2,000 acres with 0% containment. At 1 a.m. Thursday, crews took an infra-red picture of the fire. They couldn’t see the west side of the fire because the fog and clouds blocked it. They say the damage could be a lot worse. On the … 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 »

Smoke Keeps Fire Helicopters Grounded

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A valuable firefighting resource is stuck on the ground, as the thick smoke above Southern Oregon continues to prevent helicopters from taking to the air. 16 helicopters are parked at the Grants Pass and Illinois Valley airports, and pilots are unable to take off because of poor visibility. Fire crews said … 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 »

Labrador Fire Grows to 1,000 Acres

SELMA, Ore. – The Labrador Fire continued to grow Tuesday, and has now reached more than 1,000 acres in size. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m., at the Josephine County Building in Cave Junction. Fire managers will be on hand to answer questions and give more details on … Continue reading »

Smoke Choking Much of Southern Oregon

SELMA, Ore. – Thick smoke continues to tighten its choke hold across Southern Oregon, impacting air quality and forcing people to take steps to protect their health. The smoke from six wildfires across southwest Oregon have been swept across our region and into Northern California. Air quality levels have been constantly changing, but reporting stations … Continue reading »

Slow Firefight Against Labrador Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Fire resources stretched thin, combined with thick smoke choking the air, have made it difficult for crews to battle a large wildfire burning in the Illinois Valley. The Labrador Fire has burned 870 acres in an area 12 miles northwest of Selma. 439 firefighters and fourteen 20-person handcrews are currently building firelines … Continue reading »

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