Lightning Storms Start Small Fire

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – A lightning storm moved over Douglas County early Wednesday morning. Approximately 85 lightning strikes have been recorded on the Douglas District, ranging in location from the Azalea area, to Glide, according to the Douglas Fire Protection Association (DFPA). One fire has been located near Days Creek.  DFPA has firefighters looking through the … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Fire: 55% Contained Thursday

Bend, Ore. — Fire crews have passed the half-way point in containment efforts of the Two Bulls Fire, burning west of Bend. According to the Central Oregon Fire Information Center website, the wildfire is 55% contained as of Thursday morning. Crews say that means the fire will not grow larger that its current 6,908-acre size. … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Fire: 25% Contained Tuesday

Bend, Ore. — The Two Bulls Fire burning west of Bend is 25% contained as of Tuesday morning. According to authorities in a 10:00 a.m. News conference Tuesday, crews have finished building a line around the fire. Fire crews say the weather is helping their efforts. “The winds were good to us yesterday,” said Captain … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Wildfire at 25% Containment

Bend, Ore. — More than 800 personnel are on the fire line fighting the Two Bulls Fire just west of Bend. Crews have been fighting the flames day and night since Saturday.  As of Monday evening, the fire was 25% contained, which is a drastic  improvement from Sunday’s zero containment. Officials say only 50 of … 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 »

Report Released on Big Windy Fatal Crash

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — An investigative report shows what led to the deadly crash of a fire crew member last summer in Southern Oregon. 19-year-old Jesse Trader of Albany was killed last August while fighting the Big Windy Fire In the report, investigators say he was on his first assignment driving the truck only about … Continue reading »

Public Wildfire Restrictions Eased

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas Forest Protective Association lowered the fire danger level to low Monday. Recent rain showers have reduced the threat level, but officials say the fire season remains in effect. Officials say open fires, including campfires, warming fires, cooking fires and charcoal fires are still prohibited except in designated campgrounds. They say … Continue reading »

Controlled Ecological Burn

EUGENE, Ore. — On Tuesday, firefighters were in West Eugene setting some nearby prairie lands on fire. Meadowlark Prairie went up in flames, but for a good cause. Firefighters were out doing some annual controlled ecological burns to promote new growth in the habitats. Crews gathered early Tuesday to scope out the scene. They made … Continue reading »

All Flags in Oregon at Half-Staff

EUGENE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber ordered all flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a fallen Oregon firefighter. John Hammack, 58, of Sisters died while fighting a wildfire in central Oregon on August 1. A tree fell on him and another firefighter while fighting a blaze near Mount Washington.       … Continue reading »

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 »

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