Bryant Fire Sunday Update

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Bryant Fire has grown to 1,327 acres, as of Sunday morning. The fire is about 15% contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry is crediting the heavy use of air retardant in keeping the fire from spreading past the control lines on Saturday. ODF says sixteen loads of retardant were … Continue reading »

Bryant Fire at 1,250 Acres

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry reports the Bryant Fire burning east of Klamath Falls in the Klamath-Lake District is 1,250 acres and 5% contained. An ODF fire team took over management of the firefighting effort Friday afternoon. ODF has numerous ground and air resources at the fire. The cause of the … Continue reading »

Bryant Fire Burns 800 Acres

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is leading the firefighting effort on the Bryant Fire, burning 20 miles east of Klamath Falls. First reported Thursday afternoon on the NE end of Bryant Mountain, ODF reports the fire has grown to 800 acres. The fire is burning in an active logging operation … Continue reading »

Containment Expected for Owens Fire

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Fire crews are expecting a wildfire burning outside of Hood River to be at least 85% contained by Thursday night. The Owens Fire is burning south of Hood River. The Oregon Department of Forestry says the flames moved quickly after sparking early Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, crews were estimating it was … Continue reading »

Fire Season Officially Starts Monday

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties. Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention … Continue reading »

Wildfire Timber Salvage Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Now that the fires are out in the Douglas Complex and other big fires that roared through the area this summer, state and local officials are wondering if and when salvage operations will begin on federal lands. As NewsWatch12 reported last week, private timber holders are already busy clearing what they can, … Continue reading »

Highest Priority Fire: Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been named the highest priority fire in the nation.  It has burn more than 21,400 acres and is at five percent containment. Seventeen different fire departments from Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties are at the Douglas Complex fire. Fire officials are calling for additional resources … 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 »

ODF Says Hayes Hill Fire Under Control

NEAR SELMA, Ore. — Oregon Department of Forestry says they have the Hayes Hill Fire contained. The fire size is estimated at 5.5 acres, and a fire line has been completed around the perimeter. ODF says the mopping up process has been initiated. However there are currently logging decks that continue to smolder and remain … Continue reading »