Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As more than 600,000 acres burn across the state, Southwest Oregon crews are still ready and waiting. Handfuls of southwest Department of Forestry firefighters have been shipping out one at a time to help with fires elsewhere. But the region has yet to see a major fire event. That’s obviously good … Continue reading »

Springfield Mill Fire Fully Contained

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thursday’s massive fire is now fully contained, but not before devastation. Crews from eight different jurisdictions worked to put out the fire, but also battled high temperatures winds and low humidity. Then there were the technical difficulties. “The sprinkler system as the building collapsed broke open, so we had open pipes flowing … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Keep Lookout Over Weekend

MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite thunderstorm activity across the region on Friday, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest only detected one fire, and it was contained at less than one tenth of an acre. Officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest says lightning strikes were mostly concentrated on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts. Fire officials … Continue reading »

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 »

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