Spot Fires South of Springfield Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Fire crews have been putting out small spot fires overnight and into Friday, likely sparked by debris that drifted from the mill fire. Fire crews have responded to fires in a sixty acre radius. One homeowner, several miles south in Creswell, says debris fell into her yard. The Springfield mill fire will … Continue reading »

Young Women Learn to Fight Fires

EUGENE, Ore. — Some young women in Eugene are getting a taste of what’s it’s like to be on the front lines fighting a fire. Thursday a group of young women worked together in teams to put out a burning car. While fighting the fire, they also fought the heat, wearing pounds of heavy gear. … Continue reading »

GM Fires 15 Employees in Wake of Recalls

WARREN, Mich. (CNN) — The CEO of General Motors said Thursday that 15 people have been dismissed over the car company’s handling of faulty ignition switches. GM has admitted it discovered the ignition switch problem as early as 2004, but there was no recall until this year. Thirteen deaths have been linked to the problem. … Continue reading »

Crews Battle California Wildfires

Escondido, Calif. (CNN) — Ten thousand acres have been scorched by wildfires raging through San Diego County. The smoke is even visible from space. At least one person has been killed. Thousands have been evacuated, fleeing a fire that covers 15 square miles. Many of those who returned home found nothing left. “Those flames were … Continue reading »

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 »

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