Tag Archives: Forest Fires

Goals to fight fire with fire often fall short in US West

The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that chewed through thick ferns, blackened downed trees and […]
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Lightning fires can be slow to start

Q: It seems as though some fires thought to be caused by lightning don’t necessarily match up with when a storm comes through. Do they sometimes take a while to get going? — Via email A: Your instincts are correct, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, which monitors the landscape constantly for these types […]
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Mother Nature helps firefighters battle lightning fires

Firefighters got some help from Mother Nature in their battle against lightning-sparked wildfires this weekend. A weather system that had the potential to start numerous wildfires with lasting impacts to Southwest Oregon came with more rain than expected, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest officials said. Source: Mother Nature helps firefighters battle lightning fires | Mail Tribune

Rains keep Jackson County flames at bay

A storm system that put fire protection agencies on high alert earlier this week rolled in with a bang, but it’s expected to leave with a whimper. More than 1,600 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes hit Southern Oregon and northern California between Friday evening and midday Saturday, according to National Weather Service and Oregon Dept. of Forestry […]
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Crews almost double HK Complex fires containment over weekend

Crews have contained more than half the HK Complex fires in the Umatilla National Forest after a weekend of rainfall and cooler temperatures aided their efforts. “It’s been a solid, cooperative effort,” said public information officer for Northwest Incident Management Team 6 Lauren Maloney. Source: Crews almost double HK Complex fires containment over weekend | […]
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Most fires contained at HK Complex

A majority of the fires in the National Forest’s HK complex have been contained according to a Thursday morning press release as firefighters transitioned command from a Type 3 management team to a Type 2 team at 6:00 a.m. The HK Complex consists of 13 fires sparked by lightning that are burning 15 miles north […]
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Type 2 Interagency Management Team to take command of HK Complex 

Firefighters have made progress on the majority of the wildfires caused by recent thunderstorms. Concentrated lightning activity occurred across portions of the National Forest on Tuesday night. Source: Type 2 Interagency Management Team to take command of HK Complex | Local News | eastoregonian.com

Pacific Northwest Towns ‘Woefully Unprepared’ As Wildfire Risk Grows

Nestled in the foothills of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely candidate for anxiety over wildfires. The region, famous for its rainfall, has long escaped major burns even as global warming has driven an increase in the size and number of wildfires elsewhere in the American West. Source: Pacific […]
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East Evans fire nearly contained

Crews fighting the East Evans fire near Sams Valley said Tuesday that containment was up to 38% and the fire was down to 155 acres — from 300 acres Saturday — but a second firefighter was injured. The firefighter was hurt Monday evening when a tanker carrying 5,000 gallons of jet fuel left the Beagle […]
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Heat and thunderstorms spark fires throughout Umatilla National Forest

Hot weather and a series of thunderstorms caused 15 to 20 fires across the Umatilla National Forest Sunday night, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release. Smoke and fires are expected to continue through the first half of the week, but the Forest Service reports that most of the fires are small and less […]
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