Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted law makers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho senator Mike Carpo to secure more than 600 million dollars of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to … Continue reading »

Moccasin Hill Fire Forces Evacuations

NEAR SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — While fire crews work to contain the Moccasin Hill Fire, hot spots continue to burn near evacuated areas. The sky above Sprague River which was clear Sunday afternoon, is now filled with smoke, helicopters and air tankers. “I’d seen how far the fire was so I went back home and … Continue reading »

Crews Say Fire Was Intentionally Set

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fire that destroyed an abandoned building in south Medford yesterday was intentionally set, according to Medford firefighters. The building, which sat just off Kings Highway, used to be an experiment station for the OSU Extension Service, but had been abandoned for a few years. Medford Fire said the fire was human-caused, … Continue reading »

An Inside Look into the Bryant Fire

BONANZA, Ore. — The Bryant Fire east of Klamath Falls has burned more than 1,300 acres now, but crews are gaining control, attacking by air and using a nearby canal for water. Small smoke towers can be seen coming off of the mountains near the small town of Bonanza. Hand crews are on the ground … Continue reading »

Wildfire South of Hood River

HOOD RIVER, Ore. –  Oregon Department of Forestry is fighting a 50-75 acre wildfire about 10 miles south of  Hood River. It was reported about 3:45 A.M. on June 18. The fire is burning on private forestland Hood River County Forestry land. O.D.F. has four fire engines and one bulldozer at the scene, and its expected helicopters and hand crews … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Fire Burns Almost 7,000 Acres

BEND, Ore. — Multiple crews continue to make progress on the wildfire burning near Bend. Officials said the fire is now at 40-percent containment. It broke out last Saturday and is now burning nearly 7,000 acres. Level three evacuations are no longer in effect. Investigation teams did conclude the fire to be human caused and … Continue reading »

Glendale Establishes Firewise Community

GLENDALE, Ore. — Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and powered up their chainsaws to clear out some brush in Glendale’s first ever Firewise project. The buzz of helicopters and images of smoke from last year’s Douglas Complex wildfire are still fresh in the memories of Glendale residents. “If you haven’t had a fire in a … Continue reading »

Fire Season Funding Deferred to 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. — Smoke filled the Rogue Valley and complex fires engulfed southern Oregon in what was the most costly fire season in Oregon. State representatives met Friday to try and figure out how to cover tens of millions of dollars. “We’re about 40 million short, roughly, right now on what we owe versus what … Continue reading »

Public Wildfire Restrictions Eased

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas Forest Protective Association lowered the fire danger level to low Monday. Recent rain showers have reduced the threat level, but officials say the fire season remains in effect. Officials say open fires, including campfires, warming fires, cooking fires and charcoal fires are still prohibited except in designated campgrounds. They say the use … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. – Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

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