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 »

Forest Fire Update for August 4th, 2013

Total Acres: 52,518 Total Personnel: 5,544 BIG WINDY COMPLEX Acres: 7,499 Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres): 1,348 Total Personnel: 1,074 Percent Contained: 0% Evacuations/Closures: Bear Camp and Burnt Ridge Roads are closed, as well as numerous trails. The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Grave Creek to … Continue reading »

Update on Regional Forest Fires: 8-3-13

Here is updated information on the forest fires currently burning in Southern Oregon. This information is provided by the SWOR Joint Information Center. The following is consolidated information for each of the major fires burning in Douglas and Josephine Counties: Total Fires: 5 Total Acres: 47,843 BIG WINDY COMPLEX Location: 25 miles NW of Grants … Continue reading »

Smoke Affecting Indoor Air Filters

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s clean halls and clean air at South Medford High on Friday, but it might not stay that way for long. South Medford High is preparing to host several Britt Festival concerts this weekend due to the smoke, but officials with the school say while the air quality is fine for a … Continue reading »

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 »

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