Rehabilitation Begins at Whiskey Complex

TILLER, Ore. — A Type 3 Incident Management team remains in place at the Whiskey Complex.  Crews are now working on rehabilitating the land they destroyed to make fire lines and road access. Three excavating crews, two wood chippers, and a road grader are at the Whiskey Complex.  Fire officials said they are covering the … Continue reading »

Most Wildfires Closer to Containment

MEDFORD, Ore. — Crews watched and waited as the storms moved through, hoping the weather would help, rather than hurt, the firefight in Southern Oregon. The Douglas Complex reached 100% containment just this week. Fire management has yet to report containment problems created by the storm. Crews did respond to one lightning started fire near … Continue reading »

School Safety a Concern During Wildfires

DAYS CREEK, Ore. – As firefighting activity remains high, officials on the Whiskey Complex are urging crews to watch out for school kids. Schools like Days Creek Charter School were just a short distance from where the fires were burning at their peak. Now they’re not-so-conveniently located in the middle of fire traffic. Trucks drive … Continue reading »

Burnout Continues on Whiskey Complex

DAYS CREEK, Ore. – Firefighters at the Whiskey Complex are continuing burnout operations as a period of dry, windier weather approaches. Command post officials say warmer, drier weather is expected to come in Sunday. Crews are focusing on the eastern flank of the Whiskey Fire, doing controlled burnouts before the vegetation becomes too dry and … Continue reading »

A Second Chance for Fire Crew Members

DAYS CREEK, Ore. – There’s a lot of dirty work to be done in the fire camps, but many locals are treating it as a second chance. About 45 students are doing behind the scenes work as part of the Wolf Creek Job Corps. It’s one of 28 programs nationwide run by the US Forest … Continue reading »

Whiskey Complex Crews Enter Final Lap

NEAR TILLER, Ore. – The Whiskey Complex is nearing containment after burning about 12,000 acres. But officials say they have a big fight ahead of them in the next couple of days, and some stubborn conditions to contend with. Come Sunday, the weather is expected to become dry and windier. Officials say the challenge for … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Updates for August 15th

Douglas Complex: The lightning-caused Douglas Complex fires have burned 45,698 acres to date and is now 55% contained. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Big Windy Complex: The Big Windy Complex, eight … Continue reading »

Wildfire Update for August 8th, 2013

Big Windy Complex Acres: 14,085 Percent Contained: 5% Total Personnel: 1,339 A community meeting will be held at the Galice Community Hall at 4 p.m. this evening. On August 7, an additional Level 1 notice was issued for the area of Galice Access Road, including the road north to the Graves Creek Bridge. A red … Continue reading »

Satellite Images Since Day 1 of Fires

Below are the satellite images progressively in order beginning on Saturday, July 27th. The above images are all courtesy of the National Weather Service in Medford.

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 »

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