California Fires Nearing Containment

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say they expect the most destructive of Southern California’s recent wildfires to be fully contained by Thursday. The fire in northern San Diego County is about 90 percent surrounded Monday. State fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler says crews are busy checking for hotspots. The fire erupted Wednesday in San Marcos … 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 »

New Fire Starts Despite Heavy Rains

MEDFORD, Ore. – Heavy rains over the weekend helped suppression efforts on lightning-induced fires around the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, but two new fires were still discovered. Crews responded to the Winchuck Fire on the Gold Beach Ranger District, about a ¼ of an acre in size, as well as a fire on the High … Continue reading »

Wednesday Wildfire Information

Below is the most up to date information regarding the wildfires burning across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Whiskey Complex — 17,339 acres, 75% containment, 453 personnel The Umpqua National Forest has revised the Forest Order near the Whiskey Complex by reopening parts of the closure area. South Umpqua Road (Forest Service Road 28) and … Continue reading »

Labrador Fire Proving To Be An Anomaly

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Officials are calling it an anomaly as a nearly stagnant Labrador Fire is forcing crews onto the sidelines. The roughly 2,000-acre fire has barely changed in size in the past week, but containment remains at 0%. Now officials say a shift in strategy could be on the way. The fire has … Continue reading »

Monday Wildfire Update

Below is the most up to date information on the wildfires, closures and evacuation orders in place across Southern Oregon and Northern California.   Big Windy Complex – 15,278 acres, 15% containment, 1,417 personnel A Level 2 evacuation is in place from the Marial Lodge, along the Rogue River east to Grave Creek, then north and … Continue reading »

Crews Use Biscuit Fire to Fight Labrador

SELMA, Ore. — Fire crews on the Labrador Fire say they have had plenty of experience in how to handle the flames. That’s because much of the same crews battled multiple wildfires in that area over the past 10 years. Many firefighters and managers helped battle the Biscuit Fire in the Illinois Valley in 2002, … Continue reading »

The Life of a Firefighter

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been burning for 5 continuous days. Some firefighters on the scene have been there since day one, and others are just arriving. Their morning begins with a morning briefing scheduled bright and early at 5:30 a.m. every morning. More than 300 people gather around a map in … Continue reading »

Douglas Complex Continues To Burn

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire continues to burn.  It has consumed 21,000 acres so far.  The Douglas Complex fire began Friday when lightning started 54 fires in the area bordering Douglas and Josephine counties.  Those fires combined into two big fires, making up the Dad’s Creek and Cow Creek fires. The fire remains … Continue reading »

Air Quality Impacts Next Few Days

A cooler and new air mass is now settling in. This air mass is stable, bringing dry conditions but breezy afternoon winds. The humidities are higher and this has helped crews, but the firefighting efforts are battling average wind speeds in the teens with gusts even highers. This will be the trend again into Monday, … Continue reading »

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