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 »

Tough Break for Job Hopefuls at Fires

NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — The Big Windy Complex isn’t just getting attention because of the fire activity. Crews at the fire’s command post say it’s also attracting a lot of job applications. According to security officers, the camp sees about two or three people every day looking for jobs. Usually manual labor or camp cleanup … Continue reading »

Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff

SALEM, Ore. — In honor of the young firefighter who died in our area this week, flags will be flown at half-staff across Oregon on Saturday. Governor Kitzhaber ordered all public institutions to participate, after 19-year-old Jesse Trader rolled his truck down an embankment on the way back from the Big Windy Complex on Tuesday … Continue reading »

Crews on the Lookout for Fires

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — In Jackson County, crews gather resources to put out several lightning-caused fires overnight. A helicopter has been in and out of the Oregon Department of Forestry base since 6 a.m. Crews have already detected several fires in the northern part of Jackson County. In the past two days, crews have caught … Continue reading »

Wildfire Update for August 8th, 2013

Big Windy Complex Acres: 14,085 Percent Contained: 5% Total Personnel: 1,339 A community meeting will be held at the Galice Community Hall at 4 p.m. this evening. On August 7, an additional Level 1 notice was issued for the area of Galice Access Road, including the road north to the Graves Creek Bridge. A red … Continue reading »

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