Public to Observe Whiskey Fire Aftermath

NEAR TILLER, Ore. — The public is getting a close up look of what one of the worst fire seasons in recent history left behind. A group of people headed out with Umpqua National Forest employees to take a look at the damage caused by the Whiskey Fire. The Whiskey Fire burned more than 16,000 … Continue reading »

Businesses Affected by Wildfire Get Help

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Hundreds of thousands of dollars – maybe even millions – were lost by local companies because of the wildfires in Southern Oregon. Now there could be help in the form of just-approved disaster assistance loans. Rafting companies took a major hit when the Big Windy Complex shut down the Wild and … Continue reading »

Containment Date Pushed Back

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — Flare ups forced fire crews to push back the containment date for the Douglas Complex burning near Glendale. They were shooting for Sunday to call it 100% contained. Falling trees and rocks, plus windy conditions, kept crews from getting as much marked off the to-do list than they anticipated. Smoke billowing … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Update for August 24, 2013

Douglas Complex: 48,679 acres, 86% contained Starting Monday evening, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Eighteen crews and 21 engines will remain to finish mopping up the perimeter of the fires. At night, engines will patrol the perimeter. Helicopters and additional fire suppression resources will be available … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Chase Lightning Fires

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. — Fire crews are chasing multiple newly-sparked fires after lightning strikes from Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. The largest fire has grown to more than 20 acres just east of Applegate Lake. Ground crews and a helicopter have been on scene trying to slow down the flames. The firefighting resources have been … 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 »

Communication Challenges at Forest Fires

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — Nearly 79,000 acres are burning. All of these fires are burning in very rural, rugged terrain. Communication is key to get resources in motion. Cell phone service, radio signals, and internet service are all among the things that pop up overnight once a fire camp is established. Before fire fighters are … Continue reading »

Firefighters Dipping into River Levels

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — This year began with lower than average water levels, and with the firefight, helicopters and other resources have been dipping into the Rogue River to drop on the nearby fires. A single bucket drop is typically 800 gallons and the helicopters, when running, work for several hours at a time making … 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 »

Work Continues on Big Windy Complex

NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — Fire crews say they’re racing against time to create a perimeter around the Big Windy Complex. The roughly 14,000 acre fire has seen relatively favorable weather conditions, but officials say changing winds could make it much more active. Fire officials say the terrain at the Big Windy Complex is some of … Continue reading »

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