Red Cross Shelter Open for Evacuees

GLENDALE, Ore. — The American Red Cross Cascades Region has opened a shelter for residents being evacuated by the Douglas Complex wildfire. The shelter is located at the Glendale Elementary School, 100 Pacific Ave. Individuals seeking assistance regarding Red Cross services can call 888-680-1455.      

Wildfires Evacuate Homes Near Glendale

UPDATE: the Douglas Complex fire grew to 13,00 acres and was 2 percent contained Sunday night. GLENDALE, Ore. — Several homes have been evacuated near Glendale and officials may ask more residents to leave as a fire there continues to spread, Saturday. Lightening is responsible for sparking more than 50 fires in Douglas County. The … Continue reading »

Crews Limit Fire Damage on Coburg Hills

NEAR MARCOLA, Ore. — For the second time this month, emergency crews raced to put out a fire on top of the Coburg Hills. The fire started Wednesday afternoon near one of the McGowan overlooks. The bulldozer was out by late afternoon as crews worked on a containment line. Crews managed to limit the fire … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfires Continue to Burn

EUGENE, Ore. — Fire season continues to intensify in Oregon. Fire crews from Lane County just returned from battling the Grants Pass wildfire this past weekend. There are four wildfires burning in the state. The Warm Springs fire is the biggest; it’s burned nearly 23,000 acres and was only 20 percent contained Tuesday. The Gilchrist … Continue reading »

Fire Burns Near South Umpqua Road

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — The Douglas Forest Protective Association responded to a wildfire that started Monday night. The fire, located near South Umpqua Road three miles north of Tiller, began just after 4:30 p.m. The blaze burned about 25 acres before members of the DFPA managed to stop it. About 40 firefighters, seven fire engines and … Continue reading »

Crash Sparks Brush Fire

ALBANY, Ore. — Oregon State Police say a driver fell asleep at the wheel and then started a brush fire Monday afternoon. Troopers say Joseph Bagg fell asleep on Highway 20. His car ran off the road and hit a power pole. Sparks from the live wires then ignited a brush fire. Bagg wasn’t hurt, … Continue reading »

Hotshot Firefighters Among the Best

EUGENE, Ore. – Firefighters go through extensive training before taking on a fire, but Hotshot crews go through even more intense training. Hotshot crews in the Siskiyou National Forest are some of the strongest firefighters around. Firefighters at Grayback Forestry Inc. say for just basic training they do 40 hours of classroom training with a … Continue reading »

Firefighters Train to Battle Wildfires

SWEET HOME, Ore. — New firefighters battled the heat during firefighter training on Friday. For some of them, this was the first time they’d ever fought a fire. During the week-long fire school, students spent time in the classroom learning about hazards to avoid while on the job and about emergency medical procedures like CPR. … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Andrews Creek Wildfire

NEAR YONCALLA, Ore. — Fire crews fought a 60 acre wildfire Saturday. With hands on the ground and help in the sky, firefighters worked to control the burn. “We brought in a couple helicopters to help cool stuff off and then we also have a fixed wing aerial observer aircraft in the sky, as well … Continue reading »

Low Humidity + Wind = Perfect Storm

EUGENE, Ore. — Many of the fires over the weekend started as burn piles that got out of hand, quickly consuming multiple acres. Oregon has only received 30 percent of its usual rainfall so far in 2013. Low humidity and wind gusts up to 30 mph added to the dry weather over the weekend, which … Continue reading »

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