Douglas County Fire Restrictions

ROSEBURG, Ore. — More than 35 million Americans will hit the road for the upcoming holiday weekend the unofficial end to summer, but there are some restrictions in place if you plan on heading to area forests. The continuing hot and dry conditions have caused the Douglas Forest Protection Association raised the fire danger level … Continue reading »

Deception Complex Causes Smokey Skies

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – Fire crews battled wildfires west of Oakridge the weekend. The wildfires make up the Deception Complex and consist of the Staley Fire, Deception Fire, Green Lake Fire, Davey Fire, and Pool Fire. The fires have burned 445 acres as of Monday morning and are 53 percent contained. Helicopters played a significant role … Continue reading »

Dexter Fire Fully Lined

DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning has ignited 51 new wildfires in Oregon, and storms are forecast to continue through Wednesday. The new fires are burning across 11 square miles. The two biggest are in eastern Oregon. Closer to home, crews are now mopping up the Dexter fire. Staff say most of the fires started Sunday night … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparked Fire Burns Near Dexter

DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning strikes have sparked new wildfires in the Willamette Valley, including a fire burning near the town of Dexter. The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday about a dozen new fires were started overnight by the lightning. Crews say the Dexter fire has burned about 20 acres so far, and they feel … Continue reading »

Protecting Homes From the OR Gulch Fire

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — As of Friday night, the Oregon Gulch Fire had consumed three dwellings.  Fire management is careful not to call them all houses, because out on Copco Road, people live in yurts, shanties, cabins, and in large houses.  In addition to the three dwellings destroyed, numerous outbuildings were also burned in the … Continue reading »

Off-Duty Firefighter Dies at Launch Fire

FOURMILE LAKE, Ore. – An off-duty firefighter staged near the Launch Fire at Fourmile Lake died Tuesday night in what officials are calling accidental in nature. According to Sgt. Darren Frank at the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year old Matthew David Goodnature, of Phoenix, Oregon was taking a walk away from his fire camp at about … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Trailer and Motor Home

LEBANON, Ore. – Lebanon firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at the base of Peterson Butte Tuesday. Firefighters say around 3 p.m. they responded to 35930 Polly Farm Ln. to a field fire that was approximately 1/3 acre in size. The fire spread to a motor home, camp trailer, and utility trailer … Continue reading »

Governor Declares State of Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. — A state of emergency has been verbally declared in Oregon by Governor Kitzhaber due to the severe fire season. The governor’s office says the emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist fire crews in the state. While no large wildfires are currently burning … Continue reading »

Wind-Driven Mills Fire Burns 5,500 Acres

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. (CNN) — At least 200 homes and other structures are in the path of a fast-moving wildfire in Washington state. The wind-driven fire is near the town of Entiat, about three hours east of Seattle. So far it’s burned 5,500 acres. An enormous mushroom cloud of smoke can be seen for miles. … Continue reading »

Algoma Fire Slows Traffic

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Algoma Fire is now 70% contained as of Sunday morning, according to the South Central Oregon Incident Management Team. There are no road closures as of Sunday, but Oregon Department of Transportation is directing traffic to slow down between milepost 265 to 267 on Highway 97. ODOT is citing … Continue reading »

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