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 »

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 »

Deception Complex 53% Contained

WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST — Evacuation orders are in place for La Duke Road, the Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, and the Middle Fork Ranger Station, due to the Deception Creek Complex Fires. Despite the slightly better conditions, as of Thursday afternoon, more than 1800 acres have fallen to the flames, really pushing the 24 crews, four … Continue reading »

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