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 »

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 »

View of Forest Fires from Above

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — As firefighters continue to contain the Douglas Complex, cameras are keeping an eye in the sky for flare-ups. The Dutchman Butte fire protection lookout hasn’t been staffed since 2008 because a camera is now mounted on top of the original lookout and it does everything; the camera spins 360 degrees every … Continue reading »

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