Structural Protection in Place for Homes

Near SHADY COVE, Ore. — The State Fire Marshall’s Office and local fire districts are working together to protect about 135 threatened structures in the evacuation zone of the Rogue River Drive Fire. The area is roughly a six mile stretch of Rogue River Drive. Units are doing house visits today, meeting face to face … Continue reading »

Matthew Goodnature Remembered

PHOENIX, Ore. — It was standing room only in the Phoenix High School auditorium as several hundred people attended Matthew David Goodnature’s memorial. On july 29th, Goodnature was on a break while he was working the launch fire. He decided to go on a walk, and apparently fell. Investigators found that Goodnature died of a … Continue reading »

Wildfires Burning in Oregon, California

Here is a list of some of the fires burning in Oregon and California with acreage, containment levels, location and any evacuations you need to be aware of as of Wednesday morning. The Beaver Complex containing  The Oregon Gulch Fire - Cascade-Siskiyou Nat’l Monument – 36,568 acres - 35% contained – Lightning caused The Salt Creek Fire – Wimer – 155 … Continue reading »

Wildfire Smoke Causes Hazy Skies

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County residents might notice a bit of a haze in the sky because of wildfires burning in southern Oregon and even northern California. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) says most people don’t need to worry. Air quality is still in the good range, even though the smoke is causing … Continue reading »

Salt Creek Fire Closer to Containment

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – While the Oregon Gulch fire continues to grow, crews are reporting good news on the other end of the Beaver Complex. Officials at the Salt Creek fire say they’re getting closer to containment by the day, allowing them to slowly shift to a one-front battle. Right now the Salt Creek fire … Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion Plagues Firefighters

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As if the fires weren’t enough to keep crews on their toes, fire officials say the heat and dry conditions are putting unusual strain on them this year. In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be taken to the hospital because of heat exhaustion. Fire … Continue reading »

Local Firefighters Fight Beaver Complex

GOSHEN, Ore. — Badly needed help from western Oregon is on the way to help fight the Beaver Complex. Area firefighters gathered this afternoon in Goshen before heading south. They’re from Lane Fire Authority, Eugene and Springfield Fire, McKenzie Fire, Mohawk Fire, and Coburg Fire–15 personnel in all. “This is a structural task force so … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted lawmakers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho Senator Mike Carpo to secure more than $600 million of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to allow the … 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 »

Increased Fire Restrictions Begin

OREGON – Growing concern for wildfire safety has caused the Oregon Department of Forestry’s West Oregon District to implement increased fire restrictions. These heightened restrictions begin July 15 and affect Benton, Lincoln, Polk and southern Yamhill counties. Similar bans started on July 3 in Douglas County. “The grasses and other fine fuels have cured, and our … Continue reading »

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