Recent Rains Provide Wildfire Relief

COBURG, Ore. — It’s been a wet start to the first week of fall. With those rains comes relief for firefighters who’ve battled a tough wildfire season. “I’m very relieved for everybody in the state. Everybody needs it really bad because we are so dry right now,” said Erik McKibben, Coburg Fire engineer. “Firefighters in … Continue reading »

Community Update on Deception Complex

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — As fires in the Deception Complex continue to burn, residents in the Oakridge area get an update on fire conditions. Tuesday night the community heard from a number agencies on what to expect the next several days. A small crowd of people gathered at Greenwaters Park in Oakridge this evening to hear … Continue reading »

Illegal Burning Could Cost You

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Although Wednesday kicks off the start of fire season in Douglas County on DFPA lands, fire season is still not under way on ODF protected lands. On Monday, the burn ban in Lane County begins, meaning home owners could rack up hefty fines for illegal burning. Once fire season starts, the use … Continue reading »

S. Oregon Fire Season Starts Monday

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties. Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention … Continue reading »

Early Start to Summer Wildfire Season

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry battled 584 wildfires started by people in Oregon last year; millions of dollars spent, lost structures, forests, and lives, all that could have been prevented. Matt Mackey is the Wildland Fire Supervisor for ODF’s Western Lane District. He’s been fighting fires for eight years and although he … Continue reading »