Oregon Wildfire Update

SOUTHERN OREGON – Fire crews made progress against the wildfires burning in southern Oregon over the weekend. The Douglas Complex fires have burned 45,411 acres and were 48 percent contained Monday. The cost of fighting the complex is estimated to be more than $32 million. The Whiskey Complex fires have burned 10,957 acres and were … Continue reading »

Progress Made Against Oregon Wildfires

SOUTHERN OREGON — Several wildfires are still burning in southern Oregon, but fire crews have made progress in containing them. The top priority is still the Douglas Complex, which has burned more than 44,000 acres. Those fires are now 32 percent contained, and the Oregon Army National Guard has sent about 140 soldiers to Douglas … Continue reading »

Backyard Burn Gets Out of Control

LEBANON, Ore. – Lebanon Fire Crews responded to a structure fire caused by an out-of-control backyard burn Tuesday. Around 2 p.m. crews responded to a possible house fire in the 900 block of West Isabella Street. When they arrived, firefighters found the backyard and a utility shed on fire. The fire was quickly spreading towards … Continue reading »

Oregon Fire Responder Killed in Action

Near GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says that one of the responders to the Big Windy Complex fires has been killed. The sheriff says 19-year-old firefighter Jesse Trader was killed when the water tanker he was driving rolled into a ditch along Bear Camp Road. Firefighters following the tanker stopped to … Continue reading »

State Examines Fire Funding Options

GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber says he’s already exploring the state’s options for what’s expected to be a massive fire bill. The state has a complex formula for how it pays for the costs to fight fires. An Oregon Department of Forestry spokesperson says the state and landowners split the first $20 million. An … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Update

EUGENE, Ore. – Wildfires continue to burn in Oregon. 5,596 personnel continue to work to contain the fires. The Douglas Complex near Glendale has burned 35,633 acres and was 18 percent contained Monday. The complex of fires continues to threaten 470 homes. Access to homes on Poorman Creek Road, Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek and … Continue reading »

Douglas Complex Expenses

GLENDALE, Ore. — Statistics show the Douglas Complex is costing more than $1.5 million a day, and already more than $12 million has been spent. On August 27, FEMA eligibility came through, which means FEMA will foot 75 percent of the bill. The other 25 percent will be paid for by the Douglas Forest Protection … Continue reading »

Lane County Firefighters Return Home

EUGENE, Ore. — Officials say the threat to homes has gone down and some crews who were responsible for protecting structures returned home. Right around noon on Sunday, six Lane County fire crews returned from southern Oregon. They left home last Saturday to help battle the Douglas Complex wildfires. After some debriefing at the Goshen Fire … Continue reading »

Governor Kitzhaber Tours Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon leaders toured the Douglas Complex instant command center Saturday to get a first hand look at the fire.  The governor went room to room checking in with crews as they met to discuss the nearly 33,000 acre wildfire. “We are fully deployed all the resources that … Continue reading »

Crews Contain Two-Acre Fire in Florence

FLORENCE, Ore. — Firefighters responded to a two-acre fire on the South Jetty, Tuesday night. Around 10 p.m., firefighters from the Siuslaw Valley Rural Fire Department, Siuslaw National Forest, and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a fire reported on the jetty near the sand dunes. The fire was burning in the brush and grasses. Fire … Continue reading »

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