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 »

Man Trapped by Wild Fires Returns Home

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — A Southern Oregon man, trapped at his hotel business for 16 days, is now safe, and back in his wife’s arms. The co-owner of the Black Bar Lodge near Bear Camp Road was essentially trapped by the Big Windy Fire. Thursday, after more than 2 weeks, conditions were finally safe enough … 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 »

Wildfire Update for August 11, 2013

Whiskey Complex: Total Size: 10,954 Whiskey: 9,242 Buckeye: 1,682 Smith Ridge: 30 Containment: 40% Personnel: 848 Fire officials at the Whiskey Complex say the Umpqua National Forest received over 728 lightning strikes over the past 48 hours. The rain associated with these storms was varied across the landscape. For fire firefighter and public safety, a large … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Update for August 10th, 2013

Whiskey Complex: Total Size: 10,656 Acres Whiskey – 8,946 ac Buckeye – 1,683 ac Smith Ridge – 27 ac (Contained) Containment: 40% Personnel: 911 Friday’s Red Flag warning has been extended into Saturday because of the continued threat of thunderstorms. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but lightning can easily ignite fires … 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 »

Forecasting for the Firefight

GLENDALE, Ore. — One of the keys in fighting the fire in our area is correctly forecasting the weather, which is why an “incident meteorologist” has been called out to each of the major fires burning throughout Southern Oregon. The specially-trained National Weather Service meteorologists come from throughout the nation. They say their job is … Continue reading »

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