Fire Destroys Two Structures in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. – Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

Hot Shot Crew Works Swing Shift

MERLIN, Ore. — There’s the crew that works during the day and the crew that works during the night. Tuesday a swing shift from noon to midnight was put into place. This hot shot crew focuses on waiting for the right time to burn out. As the sun set on day 25 of the Big … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Crews Battle Grass and Trailer Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Fire crews were busy Thursday responding to both a grass and trailer fire which spread quickly with the continuously dry conditions. The grass fire covered 1.5 acres and started from a lawn mower at the Merlin Land Fill Thursday morning. The fire rapidly spread and a second alarm was initially called. This … Continue reading »