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 »

Wild Stretch of Rogue River Re-opened To Rafters

By Jim McCoy Mon 12th August NewsraftingRogue Riverwildfires
Whitewater rafters can resume running the popular wild section of the Rogue River that has been closed nearly two weeks due to heavy smoke from local wildfires. Rain over the weekend cleared the skies enough for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday to lift the closure that rafting outfitters and lodges say has cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.Read More »

Showers Aid Firefighters In John Day

By Jim McCoy Fri 9th August NewsJohn Daywildfires
Firefighters and rainfall have blunted a grass fire threatening the Eastern Oregon town John Day. The National Weather Service says the overnight showers, two of them, amounted to about a tenth of an inch. That dampened the grass and slowed the flames enough for authorities to lift the be-ready-to-leave notices given to neighborhoods at the edge of town of 1,700 people. Read More »

Southern Oregon Wildfire Update- August 8th

The latest report indicates that helicopters were able to take advantage of better visibility to bring in helicopters to drop water on the wildfires burning in southern Oregon. A red flag has firefighters watching cautiously for more lightning-caused fires. The Whiskey Complex Fire is at 35 percent containment.Read More »

Flames Cause Firefighters To Retreat At Whiskey Fire

By Jim McCoy Wed 7th August NewsWhiskey Firewildfires
Fire crews on one of four major fires in southwestern Oregon may have to reassess their strategy after retreating from flames that jumped roads and fire lines Tuesday evening. Spokeswoman Alexis West says there were about 100 firefighters on the southern flank of the Whiskey Fire in the Umpqua National Forest when the flames came rushing up from Beaver Creek. She says it's not cRead More »

Southern Oregon Wildfire Update- August 7th (11:00 a.m.)

By Jim McCoy Wed 7th August NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Forestry officials are reporting that steep terrain, limited access and dry fuels continue to make control efforts difficult on the four uncontained fires in the Southwest Oregon area. Poor visibility is hampering the use of aircraft in making progress.Read More »


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