Early Start To Wildfire Season & More Danger Ahead

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd July Newswildfires

Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

Fires have destroyed more than two dozen homes and torched 30 square miles in Washington, as well as burned about 60 square miles in Oregon so far this year.

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Southern Oregon Wildfire Updates: Cowboy and Red Dog Fires Contained

By Jim McCoy Thu 11th June Newswildfires

The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting no new fires on ODF-protected lands. In the Galls Creek Complex- in the Gold Hill area- fire crews and equipment operators have built trails around the 90-acre complex of roughly 12 fires.Read More »

Wildfires Already A Concern In Northeastern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th March Newswildfires

Firefighters in Eastern Oregon say they're already chasing grass fires, weeks earlier than usual.

The Hermiston fire department tells the East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1Nj67oX) it's had five grass fires so far in March.Read More »

The Latest On The Boles Fire, Onion Mt. Fire & Relief Efforts

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th September NewsBoles FireOnion Mt. Firewildfires
The Cal Fire agency is reporting continued progress on the Boles Fire in Weed. It is holding at 375 acres and is 100 percent lined, but only 20 percent contained as of this afternoon. 1,068 personnel are on the firefighting effort. Over 150 structures have been lost to the blaze that broke out Monday afternoon and quickly spread. A number of relief efforts are underway in southern Oregon.Read More »

Reports On Onion Mountain, 790 Fires

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th September Newswildfires
Two wildfires started over the weekend in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry and the weather is hot. The Onion Mountain Fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 15 miles west of Grants Pass grew to nearly 2,000 acres as of today. Residents of 10 homes along the Rogue River have been told to be ready to evacuate. There's no word yet on what caused the fire.Read More »

Weather Concerns Firefighters, Brings Freezing Temps East of The Cascades

By Jim McCoy Fri 12th September Newsweatherwildfires
Forecasters say a combination of gusty winds and low humidity are creating a high wildfire danger through Friday evening west of the Cascades in much of western Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect in the area because of the danger that any fire would rapidly spread in winds of 25 mph or stronger when the humidity is as low as 20 percent.Read More »

Weather Forecast Raises Fire Concerns

By Jim McCoy Thu 4th September Newsweatherwildfires
Forecasters are warning that a combination of low humidity and winds are creating a danger of wildfires the next few days in western Oregon. The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a red flag warning west of the Cascades from noon Thursday through Saturday. Any fires that break out would likely spread rapidly. Forecasters say conditions may improve Sunday.

Updates on 790, Lost Hubcap and Happy Camp Complex Fires

By Jim McCoy Wed 3rd September Newswildfires
Forestry officials are reporting moderate fire behavior at the 790 Fire burning 10 miles southeast of Prospect and in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Today- crews are working on directly around the burning perimeter, ready to disengage if volatile conditions become dangerous. The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Crater Lake National Park to Highway 140.Read More »

790 Fire Continues To Grow

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th August News790 fireSky Lakes Wildernesswildfires
According to a spokesman from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the 790 fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness has grown to a total size of 1,686 acres. Fire crews were very successful in shoring up the eastern most flanks of the fire. Current fire activity remains moderate and has moved south across Big Ben Creek and toward Luther Mountain.Read More »

Winds Fuel Growth of Sky Lakes Wilderness 790 Fire

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd August News790 fireSky Lakes Wildernesswildfires
Wind fueled the growth of a stubborn wildfire in south central Oregon. Forestry spokesman Scott Blower says: "Yesterday afternoon, winds increased as relative humidity’s decreased, prompting more increased fire growth on the 790 Fire. Crews worked late into the evening in an effort to suppress the increased fire activity.Read More »


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