Governor Declares State of Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. — A state of emergency has been verbally declared in Oregon by Governor Kitzhaber due to the severe fire season. The governor’s office says the emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist fire crews in the state. While no large wildfires are currently burning … Continue reading »

Dry Conditions Spur Oregon Wildfires

NEAR SALEM, Ore. — In addition to the Alder Creek Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry says unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon. In the Astoria District between Arch Capes and Manzanita, the Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to the 50-acre Falcon Fire and nearby the 30-acre Shingle Mill … Continue reading »

Oregon Native Among the AZ Lives Taken

WEST LINN, Ore. — We now know more about the Oregon man who died on his second day on the job. The last day of John Percin’s life started with a prayer. “Lord watch over us as we go into battle. Amen.” He posted that on Facebook at 6:23 Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, the … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prep for Wildfire Season

ASHLAND, Ore. — It is not wildfire season just yet, but crews are already fighting fires in dry brush. Firefighters were called out to several fires on Thursday. With just two days into the month of May, wildland fire crews thought their jobs this time of year was to clear out vegetation; instead, they’re fighting … Continue reading »