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 »

Southern Oregon Wildfires Update for August 5th

Crews in southwest Oregon are contending with hotter, drier weather Monday as they try to contain clusters of forest fires ignited by lightning in late July. Among them are the Big Windy fires in the Rogue River Canyon, 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass which grew steadily over the weekend to an acreage of 9,192 acres. Firefighters are trying to keep the flames south of the river.Read More »

THIS JUST IN: Crews Fighting Some 20 Lightning-Caused Fires in Josephine County

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Rural/Metro firefighters have been busy today in Josephine County. There are approximately 20 lightning-caused fires since last night; sizes range from one-tenth of an acre to ten acres. As of this morning, no structures were threatened. The Oregon Department of Forestry has committed multiple resources with air tankers and helicopters assisting.

Central Oregon Wildfire Results In Closing of River To Rafters, Evacuees Allowed To Return Home

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd July NewsDeschutes RiverGilchristwildfires
FIRE NEAR GILCHRIST A bulldozer dug a line around a wildfire threatening homes in a central Oregon town, and residents have been allowed to return. The fire broke out Monday afternoon near Gilchrist, which is along U.S. 97 in northern Klamath County. About 120 homes were evacuated.Read More »

More Firefighters Called Out To Owyhee Dam

By Jim McCoy Wed 3rd July NewsOwyhee Damwildfires
More firefighters are headed to an Eastern Oregon fire near the Owyhee Dam, where temperatures are expected to cool but the winds are forecast to pick up. Fire officials said crews totaling about 240 people were on the fire Wednesday morning.Read More »

Walden Stressing Preparation For Wildfire Season for Forest Service and BLM

Oregon Second District Rep. Greg Walden announced today that he has written to the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service outlining his concerns about the upcoming wildfire season in Oregon.Read More »

Crews Kept Busy With Weekend Wildfires

This morning, the Oregon Department of Forestry furnished the following update on wild fires burning in Oregon: The 180-acre Shively Creek Fire in Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) jurisdiction is burning in logging slash and old growth timber. Reported Sunday, the fire received some rain that evening that slowed spread.Read More »

A Busy Fire Season Coming?

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st May Newswildfires
Two small wildfires in California's wine country this week could be a harbinger of a nasty summer fire season across the West. Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday a dry winter and predicted warming trend mean the potential for significant fire activity will be above normal in the West Coast states, the Southwest, and portions of Idaho and Montana. TRead More »

Millions Spent On Fighting 2012 Wildfires

By Jim McCoy Fri 8th March Newswildfires
Federal statistics show that efforts to douse the largest of the nation's wildfires last year cost more than $580 million, and it took more than three months in some cases to put out the flames. A summary by the National Interagency Fire Center also shows more than 80 percent of the 51 largest fires were sparked by lightning.Read More »


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