Forest Fire Update for August 10th, 2013

Whiskey Complex: Total Size: 10,656 Acres Whiskey – 8,946 ac Buckeye – 1,683 ac Smith Ridge – 27 ac (Contained) Containment: 40% Personnel: 911 Friday’s Red Flag warning has been extended into Saturday because of the continued threat of thunderstorms. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but lightning can easily ignite fires … Continue reading »

Doctors Say Smoke Could Increase Anxiety

MEDFORD, Ore. — As the Rogue Valley enters its third week being covered in smoke, doctors are warning about the possible impacts in people’s mental health. Doctors say the smoke can have a psychological impact and cause a rise in anxiety levels. For people who already suffer from anxiety problems or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they … Continue reading »

Work Continues on Big Windy Complex

NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — Fire crews say they’re racing against time to create a perimeter around the Big Windy Complex. The roughly 14,000 acre fire has seen relatively favorable weather conditions, but officials say changing winds could make it much more active. Fire officials say the terrain at the Big Windy Complex is some of … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms Forcing People Indoors

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Thunderstorms rolling into Southern Oregon forced people indoors and out of the elements Wednesday. All of the smoke that has choked much of the Rogue Valley made it almost impossible to see the storm was coming. But when people began to hear thunder, they headed inside. Many golfers at the Grants … Continue reading »

Family Mourns Son Killed at Big Windy

MERLIN, Ore. – The family of a fire crew member killed Tuesday said he was a leader who was close to becoming an elite firefighter. Jesse Trader, just 19 years old of Albany, was killed Tuesday while driving a water truck at the Big Windy Fire, burning near Galice. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said … Continue reading »

Friday Update on Wildfires

Labrador Fire The estimated size of the fire remains at 2,020 acres. There is no word on containment. Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail. The Labrador Fire is burning in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. … Continue reading »

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 »

Thursday Morning Wildfire Update

For information on evacuations, road closures and meetings, click here.  Here is the latest information on all of the wildfires currently burning in southern Douglas County, and northwestern Josephine County. Total acreage burning has now grown to 39,828 acres: Douglas Complex, near Glendale: -28,496 acres burning -7% contained Labrador Fire, near Selma: -1,970 acres burning -remains … Continue reading »

Air Quality ‘Hazardous’ in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The air quality continued to deteriorate in Josephine County, and county Public Health officials now say people should consider leaving the area to avoid the smoke. The air quality in Grants Pass has consistently been recorded in the “hazardous” category this week. That means everyone could feel negative health effects. Some … Continue reading »

Smoke Keeps Fire Helicopters Grounded

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A valuable firefighting resource is stuck on the ground, as the thick smoke above Southern Oregon continues to prevent helicopters from taking to the air. 16 helicopters are parked at the Grants Pass and Illinois Valley airports, and pilots are unable to take off because of poor visibility. Fire crews said … Continue reading »

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