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 »

New Crews Sent Out to Brimstone Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Officials with the Department of Forestry say two fires, the Big Windy and Brimstone fires Northwest of Merlin, are demanding much of their attention, but only one of the two is receiving resources. The 1500-acre Big Windy fire is being called one of the most problematic because of its remote location, but … Continue reading »

Wildfires Grow in Central Oregon

CENTRAL OREGON — The Stagecoach Fire, south of the Highway 97 and Highway 31 junction, grew to 400 acres Tuesday morning. Over a hundred people were evacuated Monday, but the Klamath County lifted the order by Tuesday morning. Two hotshot crews have taken over command. There’s no estimate on containment at this time. The cause is … Continue reading »

Four Lightning Induced Fires Burn in OR

OWYHEE , Ore. — There are at least four fires burning in Oregon right now, all in Malheur County, and all are believed to have been caused by lightning. Four miles outside of Adrian, the Owyhee fire is burning out of control. It has charred more than 40,000 acres by some reports, and at this … Continue reading »

Calif. Wildfire Counts Double Average

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — “Unprecedented” is the way California Fire is describing this year’s fire season. Governor Jerry Brown has declared this week “Wildfire Awareness Week.” It’s in response to one of the driest winters in the region. In fact, Cal-Fire has already responded to 11-hundred fires statewide. That’s about double the average. California Fire officials … Continue reading »

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