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 »

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 »

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