Wildfires Cost ODF Millions This Year

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Fire season is far from over, and already the Oregon Department of Forestry says it has spent more than $33 million in the fire fight. The major costs come from paying firefighters, as well as helicopter and airplane fees, which prove to be an important part of stopping fires from spreading. … Continue reading »

Wildfires Cause Unhealthy Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Smoke from fires burning in Oregon and California caused hazy skies and smoke to linger in the Willamette Valley this weekend. While conditions stick around, public health officials urged people to stay inside away from the smoke. Air quality conditions throughout Lane County caused some to cough, sneeze, and wheeze as conditions … Continue reading »

Fires Burn Near I-5, Threaten Homes

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Firefighters are closely watching fires that flared up right next to I-5 Thursday evening. The Douglas Forest Protection Association says the fires spanned 60 acres flames got dangerously close to homes and cars driving by on I-5. Five fires up and down 1-5 from the Myrtle Creek exit to Clarks Branch … Continue reading »

Fires Burn Near Eugene, Cottage Grove

EUGENE, Ore. — Crews are still on the scene of a brush fire that broke out just west of Eugene Wednesday night. The fire is near West 11th Avenue and Greenhill Road. So far it has burned about 40 acres. Although most of the fire was extinguished Wednesday night, as the sun came up and … Continue reading »

Wildfires Spark, Crews Ready for More

EUGENE, Ore. — A busy day for fire crews on Wednesday. Not one, but two brush fires flare up. Crews remained on the scene of a brush fire at Ken Nielson and Cantrell Roads Wednesday night which is just west of Eugene. They were out there several times throughout the day as the fire kept … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Fires May Reach Communities

HAPPY CAMP, Ore. — The Happy Camp Complex has burned 66,335 acres and is 15 percent contained, but it continues to grow. Happy Camp Complex Fire officials said in a release early Tuesday morning that there is a fire weather watch in effect from Tuesday evening into Wednesday evening due to a combo of strong … Continue reading »

Temporary Closures Due to Siskiyou Fires

YREKA, Calif. – As the fire complexes continue to burn in Western Siskiyou County, more areas become affected. Many mandatory evacuations have been put into place. With those evacuations, comes closures of roads, campgrounds and trails, including portions of the Pacific Crest Trail. These closures are meant to protect the safety of the public during the suppression … Continue reading »

Crews Monitor Fires Caused by Lightning

DEXTER, Ore. — Fire crews say with the weather calming down, the fire danger isn’t as severe. But, we’re not out of the woods just yet. The Willamette National Forest and Springfield Oregon Department of Forestry offices watching more than 80 fires. And while most have been lined and contained, that doesn’t mean they’re all … Continue reading »

Lightning Starts Fires in Lebanon

LEBANON, Ore. — Firefighters responded to two grass fires Sunday night in Lebanon that they say started from lightning strikes. They say both fires were in grass fields just outside of town. The Lebanon Fire Department says while on the way to one fire – they spotted another one nearby. Firefighters say both fires were … Continue reading »

Wildfires Burning in Oregon, California

Here is a list of some of the fires burning in Oregon and California with acreage, containment levels, location and any evacuations you need to be aware of as of Wednesday morning. The Beaver Complex containing  The Oregon Gulch Fire – Cascade-Siskiyou Nat’l Monument – 36,568 acres – 35% contained – Lightning caused The Salt Creek Fire – Wimer – 155 … Continue reading »

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