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 »

Multiple Wildfires in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — A haze sits over Southern Oregon and the smell of smoke is in the air as firefighters continue to respond to multiple wildfires in the area. The column of smoke that was visible from Medford on Friday was from the Whisky Fire. The fire is a part of what BLM is calling … Continue reading »

Smoke Investigation

NEAR ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — A large column of smoke can be seen for miles coming from the Evans Valley Area. The smoke can be seen billowing out from the area. The Evans Valley Fire Department confirmed their response. The Bureau of Land Management says the column visible to the NNW of Medford is the … Continue reading »

Cause of Pacifica Fire Investigated

WILLIAMS, Ore. — People living in the Williams area are sharing what they saw leading up to last week’s wildfire. Some neighbors said the fire appeared to start near or at the Pacifica Gardens. One neighbor said he saw people trying to pat out the fire near where a sweat lodge ceremony was being held. … Continue reading »

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