Fire Lines Holding on Gulch Fire

GREENSPRINGS, Ore. – Fire crews have continued to make great progress against the Oregon Gulch Fire, and said fire lines have held up against erratic winds. The fire has burned 35,093 acres, and is 50 percent contained. Fire crews said unstable weather in the area overnight Thursday raised concerns about the fire expanding. But the … Continue reading »

Fire Camp Stays Busy at Gulch Fire

GREENSPRINGS, Ore. — Even though the Oregon Gulch Fire has slowed, life at the fire camp will get busier over the next few days. Officials said there will be about 1,300 firefighters and other staff members camped at Howard Prairie Lake by Thursday. They said things will likely stay at those levels until the fire … Continue reading »

Governor Tours Oregon Gulch Fire

NEAR THE GREEN SPRINGS, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber toured the fire camp at Howard Prairie Lake and praised firefighters who have continued to gain ground on the Oregon Gulch Fire. “It’s important for me to just show the support for the hard working men and women who are actually doing the job here … Continue reading »

Fire Camp Set Up at Howard Prairie Lake

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Howard Prairie Lake Resort was transformed into an incident command center and fire camp Monday, as crews positioned themselves closer to the Oregon Gulch Fire burning outside Ashland. More than 1,000 firefighters and support staff are expected to be camped there by Tuesday. Previously, the fire camp had been set up … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Fire 20% Contained

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Fire officials say the Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland is now at 20% containment. The acreage has reached 36,568. About 9,464 acres of that total are burning in California. There is still a level one evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Fire Tops 31,000 Acres

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland is now consuming 31,918 acres. About 4,645 of that acreage is in California. The fire is 10% contained as of 10 p.m. Saturday. There are a total of 1,041 people working on the fire. Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch … Continue reading »

Smoky Skies Through The Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION As the Oregon Gulch fire burned, along with many other fires in the vicinity, smoke filled the skies in northern California and portions of southern Oregon Friday afternoon.  If the fires continue to burn, the smoke we are seeing will persist for the next few days.  There is no major change to the current weather … Continue reading »