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 »

Letters Center Around Salvage Harvesting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drafted last week and sent out on Monday a letter from the Jackson County Commissioners was sent to fourteen people including Senator Ron Wyden and he deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C. The letter highlights the damage to both the environment and tourism industry caused by this … 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 »

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 »

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 »

New Fires Caused by Lightning

MEDFORD, Ore. — Between Wednesday night and 3 p.m. Thursday, there were 11 fires started by lightning in Jackson and Josephine counties. 4 of the 5 in Jackson County have been mopped up and contained, with the largest only growing to a fourth of an acre, but crews say the number of starts has been … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparks New Fires

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore. — Hundreds of lightning strikes spark fires from Siskiyou County to the Applegate Valley on Wednesday night. Several new fires were reported, significant resources were sent out to at least two in Jackson County on Wednesday. A storm moving east through Eagle Point toward the Klamath Basin dropped dozens of lightning strikes. … Continue reading »

Oregon National Guard Assist Firefight

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard provided assistance with the Douglas Complex earlier this month; now, they’re assisting fire-fighting efforts near The Dalles. Oregon Military Department says the Oregon National Guard is providing assets to support the fire-fighting efforts at the Government Flats Complex Fire, located approximately six miles southwest of The Dalles. The … 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 »

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