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Several Smaller Fires Touched Off By Lightning

By Jim McCoy Wed 30th July Newswildfires
Thunderstorm activity touched off seven small fires around Southern Oregon Tuesday night. The Oregon Department of Forestry says strikes were especially heavy across Mt. Ashland to Grizzly Peak. The largest reported fire was 1.5 acres on Pilot Rock Road. Meanwhile, a fire line has been completed around the 232-acre Reeves Creek Road Fire.Read More »

Forestry Department To Expand Firefighting Tanker Fleet

By Jim McCoy Tue 20th May NewsUS Forest Servicewildfires
The U.S. Forest Service says it is adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet as California recovers from a spate of blazes and other fire-prone states brace for another hot, dry summer. In a statement, the service said it will have a second DC10, which can carry up to 11,600 gallons of retardant, and three smaller planes that can carry up to 3,000 gallons.Read More »

Rare Winter Wildfires In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Fri 24th January Newsweatherwildfires
High winds and a lack of rain combined to whip up a dozen small fires around Western Oregon, many in old logging slash that was burned in recent months and would have been doused by rain in a normal winter. The Oregon Department of Forestry said two fires burned Friday on private timberland southeast of Cannon Beach. One was 50 acres and another 30 acres.Read More »

Western Governors Meet To Talk Wildfire Management

By Jim McCoy Thu 12th December Newswildfires
Leaders from around the West met to strategize about wildfire management Thursday. Governors from several states discussed ways to prevent and put out wildfires during the annual winter meeting of the Western Governors' Association on the Las Vegas Strip. Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 Western states.Read More »

Oregon Department of Forestry Seeking $40 Million

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd November NewsOregon Department of Forestrywildfires
After going through a record $122 million fighting big wildfires this year, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking the Legislature for $40 million to cover its costs this year and for greater spending authority next year. The issue was being taken up Friday by the Legislature's Emergency Board in Salem. Lightning and drought spread wildfire to more state-protected land thisRead More »

Winds Drive Columbia Gorge Fire, Thunderstorms Prompt Vigilance in Southern Oregon

Firefighters are bracing for more strong winds driving a Columbia Gorge wildfire into the Mount Hood National Forest. The Blackburn fire, part of the Government Flat complex burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, remained at 15 percent containment on Thursday after growing to 17 square miles and burning a fourth house on Wednesday. The Oregon Department of Forestry says firefiRead More »

Firefighters Closing In On Containment In Douglas Complex

The Douglas Complex, which has burned over 50,000 acres is now 75 percent contained, according to forestry officials. Throughout the region, progress is being reported as steady, with no new dramatic developments. Observers will watch with vigilance as thunderstorm activity is anticipated this week.Read More »

Firefighters Reporting Progress in Southern Oregon

Firefighters are continuing to make steady progress on wildfires burning in southern Oregon. The Douglas and Whiskey Complex Fires are now 55 percent contained, while the big windy complex stands at 15 percent containment.Read More »

Whiskey Complex Fire Meeting In Tiller

By Jim McCoy Wed 14th August NewsmeetingWhiskey Complexwildfires
A meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday August 14th) at Tiller School in relation to the fires in the Whiskey Complex- six miles east of Tiller. Among other topics, defensible space and preparedness will be discussed. The fires in the complex have burned 11,471 acres as of this morning. It stands at 55-percent containment.Read More »

Oregon Wildfires Update- August 13th

Firefighters around Oregon continue battling lightning-caused blazes with some progress. Here's the latest: Grant County (GC) Complex The GC Complex stands at 12,161 acres and 90 percent contained. It is comprised of the Grouse Mountain and Starvation fires. Both fires are in mop-up, suppression rehabilitation and patrol status and the fire perimeter has been stable.Read More »

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