Lightning Sparks Fires In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August Newswildfires
As lightning crossed the eastern portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Sunday, seven new fires were reported- all on the southern half of the High Cascades Ranger District. The fires were located between Mt. McLoughlin and Brown Mountain. All of these fires have been contained, according to a forestry spokesman. The largest of these was a one acre blaze along Highway 140.Read More »

For Now, Progress Is Good On Oregon Gulch Fire

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th August NewsOregon Gulch firewildfires
Sunday’s weather enabled firefighters at the Oregon Gulch Fire to make continued progress on mop-up efforts. The 35 thousand acre fire is now 74 percent contained. Crews are working today on putting out any hot spots found within the 500 foot boundary on the interior of the fire. Residents in the 6-thousand block of Copco Road are instructed to remain ready to evacuate.Read More »

Evacuation Levels Change, Progress Made on Oregon Gulch Fire

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th August NewsOregon Gulch fireSalt Creek Firewildfires
As firefighters continue making progress on the Oregon Gulch Fire, the evacuation notice has been lowered to a Level One for the 6,000 block of Copco Road, south to the Oregon- California border. That means "be ready" for a potential evacuation.Read More »

Wolfpack Avoids Wildfires

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th August NewsOR-7wildfires
The Oregon Gulch wildfire is burning within several miles of where a pack of wolves lives in southern Oregon, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says they are not threatened. Wildlife biologist Mark Vargas in the Rogue District office says OR-7, his mate and three pups should have little trouble skirting the flames and smoke. He told Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/1otNpxwRead More »

Gains Made In Southern Oregon Fires, New Fires In Central Oregon

While gains have been made on fires burning in Southern Oregon, new fires have broken out in Eastern Oregon. This occurs against a backdrop of a red flag warning for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. In the Beaver Complex- the 36,723-acre Oregon Gulch Fire is now 35% contained. The 155-acre Salt Creek Fire is 95% contained.Read More »

9:00 a.m. Monday Update From Beaver Complex Fire

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th August NewsOregon Gulch fireSalt Creek Firewildfires
Here is the latest on the fires from the Beaver Compl;ex. It is helpful to keep in mind that conditions can change quickly, and some elements of this report- especially with respect to road closures and evacuations- can change quickly as well. At the Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland- personnel are reporting excellent progress.Read More »

Numerous Smaller Fires Touched Off By Lightning

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st July Newswildfires
With quickly changing weather, and the volatile nature of fire, things can change very quickly.Read More »

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 »


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