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 »

Yellow Point Fire Burns 550 Acres

NEAR ALMA, Ore. — Firefighting crews worked to contain the Yellow Point fire Sunday near Alma. Ground crews are working to create fire lines and helicopters are fighting the blaze from the sky. Flames from the Yellow Point Fire cover the hillside. “The fire’s burning pretty active today,” said Matt Howard, Oregon Department of Forestry … Continue reading »

Deception Fire Causes Smokey Skies

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – There has been quite a bit of smoke in the valleys this weekend and Monday. It’s all a part of the Deception Complex Fire near Oakridge. “Since July there has been five thunderstorms that have gone through this area. Out of those thunderstorms we have had 92 fires that have been detected,” … 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 »

National Guard Joins Fire Crews

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Oregon Military Department and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management began assisting fire crews on Douglas Complex fires Wednesday. The Oregon Army National Guard provided five aircrafts prepared to help with fire suppression; three Blackhawk helicopters, a Chinook helicopter and a Lakota helicopter. 125 soldiers with 26 high mobility, multi-wheeled vehicles … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Update

EUGENE, Ore. – Several large wildfires continue to burn across Oregon, Monday. In Douglas County, the Douglas Complex fires have burned 13,400 acres near Glendale. The fire is made up of three branches: Milo, east of Interstate 5; Rabbit Mountain/Union Creek, west of interstate 5, and Dad’s Creek/Panther Butte, west of Glendale. The fires were … Continue reading »

Man Arrested for Glendale Fires

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man suspected of setting several fires. The fires ranged in size from one-tenth of an acre to a half-acre and were all near the West Fork of Cow Creek. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy found the suspect, James Abbott, hiding in the area and … Continue reading »

Hotshot Firefighters Among the Best

EUGENE, Ore. – Firefighters go through extensive training before taking on a fire, but Hotshot crews go through even more intense training. Hotshot crews in the Siskiyou National Forest are some of the strongest firefighters around. Firefighters at Grayback Forestry Inc. say for just basic training they do 40 hours of classroom training with a … Continue reading »

ODF Reaches Out for Help

EUGENE, Ore. — A rash of fires kept response crews busy all weekend, especially since they aren’t staffed at normal fire season levels yet. The Oregon Department of Forestry says most of its summer employees are college students who aren’t out of school yet, let alone trained. ODF reps say whether or not they’re in … Continue reading »

Dry and Windy Weather Sparks Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. – Warm, dry and windy weather Saturday and Sunday sparked wildfires across Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry battled larger-than-average wildfires for May over the weekend. Weather conditions were prime for wildfires to spark, with temperatures in the 80s, relative humidity down to 15 percent and wind gusts around 30 mph. There were … Continue reading »

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