Crews Contain Fire in Douglas County

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Firefighters contained the two-acre Warm Springs Butte Fire Sunday night about five miles north of Lemolo Lake, near the Diamond Drive route. The fire started on Saturday, and crews worked all through the night to build a containment line around the fire. Under public-use restrictions, open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal … Continue reading »

Wildfire Evacuates Campground & RV Park

ESTACADA, Ore. – Travelers along I-5 ran into thick smoke from the nearby 36 Pit Fire. The wildfire has burned about a 2,300 acres in the Mount Hood National Forest. Fire officials say the wildfire started Saturday afternoon near the town of Estacada. The town is not threatened at this time, but a nearby campground … Continue reading »

Possible Northern Lights Viewing Friday

EUGENE, Ore. — We’ve seen a lot of cool things in the sky lately–supermoons, asteroid showers, beautiful sunsets. But starting Friday night, we could see the granddaddy of them all: the northern lights. Space weather forecasters say the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which arrived at Earth early Thursday. It should … Continue reading »

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 »

Students Keep Cool at School

EUGENE, Ore. — Summer may be over for students, but the heat is still hanging around, prompting teachers to find ways to keep kids cool in classrooms. At Marist High School, classrooms are the same as many across the city, not having air conditioning. But school administrators say they have many ways to keep students … Continue reading »

UO Study Shows Wildfire Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — A three-year study by the University of Oregon shows there are benefits to wildfires. Staff with the Ecosystem Workforce Program say they wanted to take a look at the impact they can have on a community, outside the obvious damaging effects. While wildfires have positive ecological roles, this recent research focuses on … Continue reading »

Yellow Point Fire Update, Sept. 8

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – The Yellow Point fire continues to burn 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. The fire has burned 746 acres and was 15 percent contained as of Monday morning. Firefighters completed hand lines Sunday night and will focus on holding the established line and begin mop up operations Monday. South Sisters Road … Continue reading »

Pacific Northwest Warming Up

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The average temperature in the Pacific Northwest has increased from greenhouse gases, according to an Oregon State University study – the first regional study to isolate human causes. “When we study climate change, it’s a little bit like listening to a few bars of music,” said Philip Mote, a co-author of the … 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 »

Deception Complex Update, Sept. 3

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — The Deception Complex continues to burn near Oakridge Wednesday tonight. It’s now at 2,200 acres and 55 percent contained. Nearly 1000 crews are helping with those efforts. Crews say recent the rain has helped, but this year has been particularly dry, making it tough to fight fires. “The life fuel moisture and … Continue reading »

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