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 »

Preparing for Wildfire Season

EUGENE, Ore. – Wildfires are already popping up in western Oregon, and fire crews are reminding Oregonians to take the necessary precautions when burning outside. Last week, the Honeygrove Hobbit Fire on the West Oregon District burned 25 acres, 10 acres were burned in the woods west of Rogue River, 6 acres burned east of … Continue reading »

Oregon Fires Claim No Kids in 2012

EUGENE, Ore. — For the first time ever, state fire marshals reported that no children died in fires in Oregon in 2012. Firefighters attribute the record-breaking news to a team effort of fire codes, expanding education programs and hard work on all accounts, but there’s still more work to be done with non-child victims. “(We) … Continue reading »