Incident Management Teams Transition

GLENDALE, Ore. — Incident Management Teams are required to take days off.  They can work up to 14 days straight. Depending on the what company they work for, some crews get one day off after 14 days and others get two days off. The Incident Management Teams camped out at Glendale High School has been … Continue reading »

Brimstone Fire Nearly Contained

MERLIN, Ore. — A single tent is all that remains at the Brimstone fire camp at North Valley High School as fire crews are moving out and moving on to other nearby fires. Boxes were stacked up and briefing displays were torn down Monday at the Brimstone camp in Merlin. Officials are hoping to have … Continue reading »

Oak Flat Homeowners Ready To Evacuate

OAK FLAT, Ore. — The community of Oak Flat in Josephine County remains under a Level 2 evacuation.   A Level 2 evacuation means homeowners need to be ready to leave at a moments notice. Glenn Lewman and his family were still at their house along Illinois River Road.  They have been moving their belongings … Continue reading »

Information Center Key For Updates

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fire officials gathered in one place Wednesday afternoon to give updated information on each of five complex fires in southern Oregon. To help organize and clarify all the information and updates come through the Joint Information Center in Grants Pass. “If you can’t get immediate, accurate information, then a story begins … 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 »

Oregon Wildfire Funding Increased

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the active start to this year’s wildfire season, it could be much worse. Last month, state lawmakers passed the Wildfire Protection Act. With that approval comes an additional $1.8 million for the Oregon Department of Forestry, which has already paid dividends in the early part of the fire season. The money–at least in … Continue reading »

Neighbors Save Man’s Ranch from Fire

WILLIAMS, Ore. – While no homes were lost in the Pacifica fire, that almost wasn’t the case for one rancher on Powell Creek Road. Mack Stewart has owned and worked on his ranch for a decade. When the fire hit, the 83-year old chose to fight back. He says the fire, which left scorched earth … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire Forces Evacuations

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Traffic backed up and some were left stranded as roads leading into an evacuated area were closed off while crews battled the fire. Some had seen the flames, packed up, and left for safer ground. “What happened was that it was really spreading out really pretty quickly and it was coming up … Continue reading »

Fire Threat Rising as the 4th Nears

OREGON — Although cool and damp weather has helped to calm the wildfire threat in recent weeks, the fire danger is forecasted to rise in the coming days in addition to the temperatures. Humidity levels and fuel moistures will be decreasing and this is a concern with the 4th of July approaching. The Oregon Department … Continue reading »

Crews Continue to Mop Up Fire Remains

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Fire officials are calling the Beacon Hill fire a fitting end to the most active May in at least a decade. Crews continue to mop up the remnants of the fire that consumed roughly 115-acres of the Beacon Hill area of Grants Pass. Officials say the fire was likely caused by a … Continue reading »

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