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 »

National Guard Joins Fire Crews

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Oregon Military Department and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management began assisting fire crews on Douglas Complex fires Wednesday. The Oregon Army National Guard provided five aircrafts prepared to help with fire suppression; three Blackhawk helicopters, a Chinook helicopter and a Lakota helicopter. 125 soldiers with 26 high mobility, multi-wheeled vehicles … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Update

EUGENE, Ore. – Several large wildfires continue to burn across Oregon, Monday. In Douglas County, the Douglas Complex fires have burned 13,400 acres near Glendale. The fire is made up of three branches: Milo, east of Interstate 5; Rabbit Mountain/Union Creek, west of interstate 5, and Dad’s Creek/Panther Butte, west of Glendale. The fires were … Continue reading »

Wildfires Grow in Central Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — The Stagecoach Fire, south of the Highway 97 and Highway 31 junction, grew to 400 acres Tuesday morning. Over a hundred people were evacuated Monday, but the Klamath County lifted the order by Tuesday morning. Two hotshot crews have taken over command. There’s no estimate on containment at this time. The cause … Continue reading »

Summer Storms Spark Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. – Summer storms sparked new wildfires across Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday. From 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday there were 862 lightning strikes in Oregon, most in northeast corner of the state. Firefighters were dispatched to 16 potential fires in northeast Oregon. Fires are often not found and reported within the first … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Pole Creek Fire

Near SISTERS, Ore. — The plume of smoke is massive over the Three Sisters Wilderness area. Incident managers are paying close attention to the unstable atmosphere, high temperatures and low humidity. Smoke from the Pole Creek Fire can be seen for more than a hundred miles. There are 652 personnel, along with four hot shot … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Update, Aug 24th

EUGENE, Ore. — The Buckhead Complex was 100% contained as of Friday morning and burned 292 acres. Fire managers have lifted the closures for the North Fork Trail, Forest Road #1910 and the Waldo Lake Trail. The Bobby Lake Trail, Alpine Trail and Forest Service Roads #5828 and #1925 remain closed. The Butte Fire near … Continue reading »

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