Improved Visibility Helps Fire Fight

ILLINOIS VALLEY, Ore. — Getting resources on the forest fires have been difficult. Half a dozen helicopter have been ground for most of the week due to low visibility near the fires. As the Labrador Fire continued to burn, visibility improved, allowing pilots to get back into their helicopters and back to the fire fight. … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Spreading the Word

WOLF CREEK, Ore. — The most smoke is being put out by the Douglas Complex, which is larger than the other four fires combined. The fire is also the most expensive, now estimated at more than $6 million. It is burning more than 28,000 acres, and is 9% contained. Officials from a half dozen agencies … Continue reading »

Friday Update on Wildfires

Labrador Fire The estimated size of the fire remains at 2,020 acres. There is no word on containment. Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail. The Labrador Fire is burning in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. … Continue reading »

A Look at the Type I Fire Team

GLENDALE, Ore. — While the Douglas Complex may be the highest priority fire in the country, some of the country’s most elite firefighters are elsewhere. Officials are calling the Big Windy Fire one of the most complex because of its rugged terrain, which is why it’s getting what’s called a Type I incident management team. … Continue reading »

Rail Disruptions from Wildfires

GLENDALE, Ore. — One of the major impacts of the fires burning near Glendale is the shutdown of Southern Oregon’s only north-south rail line west of the Cascades. Fire has apparently burned part of at least one bridge or trestle in the Cow Creek Canyon, and repairs are delayed until the fire danger passes. More … Continue reading »

Additional Thursday Wildfire Information

For numbers on acreage burned and percentage contained from the fires, click here. Fire Information Meetings: A public meeting is planned in Wolf Creek tonight at 6:00 pm at the Wolf Creek County Park. This is a change from the original planned location due to the capacity of the community center. Josephine County Public Health … Continue reading »

New Crews Sent Out to Brimstone Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Officials with the Department of Forestry say two fires, the Big Windy and Brimstone fires Northwest of Merlin, are demanding much of their attention, but only one of the two is receiving resources. The 1500-acre Big Windy fire is being called one of the most problematic because of its remote location, but … Continue reading »

Sunday Update on Forest Fires

For more information, here are some helpful websites. http://www.swofire.com http://www.inciweb.org/state/38/ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/?m=1 The Labrador Fire is currently estimated to be 700 acres in size. Officials say the primary strategy for the Labrador Fire today is for firefighters to continue to scout and size up the fire situation. Firefighters are dealing with the combined challenges of rugged … Continue reading »

Saturday Update on Regional Forest Fires

For more information, here are some helpful websites. http://www.swofire.com http://www.inciweb.org/state/38/ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/?m=1 From Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.: MEDFORD, Ore. — Winds created a number of challenges for firefighters working active fires across Southern Oregon on Saturday. The BLM says acreage numbers are difficult to estimate at this time and there should be new numbers … Continue reading »

Large-Scale Fire Response Underway

MEDFORD, Ore. – Teams from five federal agencies, as well as state, local, and contract crews continue to battle a series of wildfires caused by overnight lightning strikes. Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say nearly a hundred ignition points sparked up throughout the night. Much of the coordination for that firefight takes place … Continue reading »

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