Teens Help Fire Camp Run Smoothly

YREKA, Calif., — Incident command for the portion of the Oregon Gulch Fire that falls into CAL FIRES’ jurisdiction is set up at Yreka Union High School. The school’s entire campus is put to use including the classrooms which double as finance and logistical offices. Behind a lot of that coordination is the California Conservation … Continue reading »

Ferguson Fire Burning at 200 Acres

NEAR BEATTY, Ore. — Two structures have been lost to the Ferguson Fire burning about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, and five miles north of Beatty. South Central Oregon Incident Management Team reports six structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire is currently at 200 acres and is 20 percent contained. The … Continue reading »

Crews Battle California Wildfires

Escondido, Calif. (CNN) — Ten thousand acres have been scorched by wildfires raging through San Diego County. The smoke is even visible from space. At least one person has been killed. Thousands have been evacuated, fleeing a fire that covers 15 square miles. Many of those who returned home found nothing left. “Those flames were … Continue reading »

Fires Start in Umpqua National Forest

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters suppressed two fires started by lightning in the Umpqua National Forest, Saturday. One fire was located in the Little River area east of Grotto Falls. Fire crews were able to keep the fire to less than a tenth of an acre. The second fire was west … Continue reading »

Cameras Help ODF Keep Watch on Wildfires

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — As the latest round of storms moved through Thursday night into Friday, the Oregon Department of Forestry has dozens of digital eyes closely watching for wildfires. The ODF has about three dozen cameras covering forest lands throughout the state. Each camera is on a tower and snaps pictures. The images eventually provide … Continue reading »

Blackburn Fire Threatens Homes

THE DALLES, Ore. — Strong winds are fanning the flames in the Columbia Gorge. The Blackburn Fire is part of the Government Flat Complex that has been burning since last Friday, ten miles southwest of The Dalles. Because of that, fire bosses are ordering more evacuations and warning dozens of residents to be ready to … Continue reading »

Eugene Firefighter Injured in Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene firefighter is in the hospital after being injured while fighting the Douglas Complex Fires. That fire is burning at about 45,000 acres. Kenneth Cole from Eugene was helping to fight the fires when he had an allergic reaction to smoke inhalation from poison oak that was burning. He’s a part … Continue reading »

Wildfires Threaten Local Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Fires burning in the state could affect air quality in Lane County. A shift in winds will increase the potential for smoke intrusions from the Douglas Complex and Whiskey wildfires into the Willamette Valley. Right now, the air quality in Eugene and Springfield area is good. But LRAPA predicts it could creep … Continue reading »

Firefighters Work to Protect Homes

WOLF CREEK, Ore. — Firefighters have made significant progress on the Douglas Complex fires Sunday. The complex of fires have burned more than 34,000 acres, threatening 470 homes. Structural protection firefighters specialize in keeping threatened homes safe from the blaze. Saturday the crews mopped up an area near homes in Wolf Creek. Firefighters are calling … Continue reading »

Douglas Complex Fire Update

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex burning 7 miles north of Glendale is 9 percent contained and is now at 28,740 acres. A public meeting is planned for Friday, August 2 at the Glendale Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Evacuations have been downgraded to a level 2 for Reuben Road, Mt. Reuben Road and McCullough … Continue reading »

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