Governor Declares State of Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. — A state of emergency has been verbally declared in Oregon by Governor Kitzhaber due to the severe fire season. The governor’s office says the emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist fire crews in the state. While no large wildfires are currently burning … Continue reading »

Dry Conditions Spur Oregon Wildfires

NEAR SALEM, Ore. — In addition to the Alder Creek Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry says unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon. In the Astoria District between Arch Capes and Manzanita, the Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to the 50-acre Falcon Fire and nearby the 30-acre Shingle Mill … Continue reading »

Wildfire Warning in Southern Oregon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Extremely dry weather will combine with gusty, dry winds this week to increase the risk of fire in Southern Oregon. And if the weather pattern continues, that risk of wildfire could stick around for a long time, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Rogue Valley is under a Red … Continue reading »

Slow Firefight Against Labrador Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Fire resources stretched thin, combined with thick smoke choking the air, have made it difficult for crews to battle a large wildfire burning in the Illinois Valley. The Labrador Fire has burned 870 acres in an area 12 miles northwest of Selma. 439 firefighters and fourteen 20-person handcrews are currently building firelines … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prep for Wildfire Season

ASHLAND, Ore. — It is not wildfire season just yet, but crews are already fighting fires in dry brush. Firefighters were called out to several fires on Thursday. With just two days into the month of May, wildland fire crews thought their jobs this time of year was to clear out vegetation; instead, they’re fighting … Continue reading »

Controlled Burning Could Begin

MEDFORD, Ore. – The chance of rain this weekend could mean a chance for seeing smoke in the skies. If the rainfall is significant, the Oregon Department of Forestry or ODF can allow some controlled burning projects to begin only the projects in higher elevations. ODF officials consider a lot of factors before giving the … Continue reading »

Record Fire Year For Northwest

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s been a season of wildfires across Oregon this year, leading to a record number of burned acres. Fire managers say 2012 may be the biggest wildfire season on record for the Northwest with more than a million acres burned. The burned areas in Oregon and Washington are six times larger than … Continue reading »