Preventing Fires During the Winter

EUGENE, Ore. — As the weather gets colder, local fire departments are reminding people to be careful when heating their homes. Lane County fire officials said they often times see many fires caused by improper use of space heaters, chimneys, and wood burning stoves. They said at the beginning of winter people need to clean … Continue reading »

Ruiz Fires Eugene City Prosecutor

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz has fired City Prosecutor Dan Barkovic, a city spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. City spokeswoman Jan Bohman told KEZI 9 News his termination is due to his recent arrest for DUII and his refusal to take a Breathalyzer test. He has not been charged with any crimes. He was previously … Continue reading »

Fires Start in Umpqua National Forest

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters suppressed two fires started by lightning in the Umpqua National Forest, Saturday. One fire was located in the Little River area east of Grotto Falls. Fire crews were able to keep the fire to less than a tenth of an acre. The second fire was west … Continue reading »

Cameras Help ODF Keep Watch on Wildfires

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — As the latest round of storms moved through Thursday night into Friday, the Oregon Department of Forestry has dozens of digital eyes closely watching for wildfires. The ODF has about three dozen cameras covering forest lands throughout the state. Each camera is on a tower and snaps pictures. The images eventually provide … Continue reading »

Wildfires Remain a Concern

Firefighters are still focusing on a number of wildfires between Roseburg and Medford. The Douglas Complex, near Glendale, is the largest set of fires. It has burned nearly 46,000 acres in three weeks and is 55 percent contained. The Big Windy Complex has scorched 16,000 acres and is 15 percent contained; meanwhile, the Whiskey Complex … Continue reading »

Eugene Firefighter Injured in Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene firefighter is in the hospital after being injured while fighting the Douglas Complex Fires. That fire is burning at about 45,000 acres. Kenneth Cole from Eugene was helping to fight the fires when he had an allergic reaction to smoke inhalation from poison oak that was burning. He’s a part … Continue reading »

Progress Made Against Oregon Wildfires

SOUTHERN OREGON — Several wildfires are still burning in southern Oregon, but fire crews have made progress in containing them. The top priority is still the Douglas Complex, which has burned more than 44,000 acres. Those fires are now 32 percent contained, and the Oregon Army National Guard has sent about 140 soldiers to Douglas … Continue reading »

Wildfires Threaten Local Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Fires burning in the state could affect air quality in Lane County. A shift in winds will increase the potential for smoke intrusions from the Douglas Complex and Whiskey wildfires into the Willamette Valley. Right now, the air quality in Eugene and Springfield area is good. But LRAPA predicts it could creep … Continue reading »

Wildfires Threaten More Than 400 Homes

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex Fire is threatening more than 400 homes, and already about 90 of those have been evacuated. Most of the evacuees live in Douglas County, and 30 are from Josephine County. The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at Glendale Elementary. At this time only a handful are … Continue reading »

Wildfires Evacuate Homes Near Glendale

UPDATE: the Douglas Complex fire grew to 13,00 acres and was 2 percent contained Sunday night. GLENDALE, Ore. — Several homes have been evacuated near Glendale and officials may ask more residents to leave as a fire there continues to spread, Saturday. Lightening is responsible for sparking more than 50 fires in Douglas County. The … Continue reading »

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