Tag Archives: Wildfires

Wildfire smoke can be significant health hazard

Docs recommend staying inside, closing windows. The thick smoke from nearby fires that’s blanketing Central Oregon does much more than obscure views of the mountains. For some, it’s also a significant health hazard. Source: Wildfire smoke can be significant health hazard; Docs recommend staying inside, closing windows

Medford air pushed to unhealthy levels

Smoke drifting in from Chetco Bar fire in Curry County pushed Medford’s air quality into the unhealthy category over the past 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. The 24-hour air-quality reading updated at 1 p.m. Monday from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed Medford’s air quality at the “unhealthy” level; the 1-hour […]
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Since You Asked: How do firefighters measure wildfire acreage?

Q: I’ve been paying a good deal of attention to the numerous wildfire reports. One thing I’ve always been curious about is the fire acreage… A: Depending on the methods wildland firefighters use, it could be either one. It generally starts off rough, then gets more precise… Source: Since You Asked: How do firefighters measure […]
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Firefighters continue struggle to contain Umpqua North Fire Complex

The Umpqua North Complex fires increased Sunday as a smoke inversion lifted, and by Monday morning the fire had grown 10,793 acres. Residents from Dry Creek and Illahee remained evacuated from their homes Monday, and Clearwater residents were put under a Level 1 evacuation notice over the weekend. On Sunday, the fire’s size had been reported […]
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Where The Wildfires Are In The Pacific Northwest

As the 2017 Pacific Northwest’s wildfire season rages on, here is the list of all of the fires that have happened so far. UPDATE (Aug. 20, 2017, 12:04 p.m. P.T.) After a rainy, cool winter and spring, this year’s fire season kicked off June 7 in southern Oregon. The summer has brought little rainfall, prompting fire protection […]
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Skies choked by Douglas County smoke

Fires raging in eastern Douglas County have been sending smoke pouring into Jackson County the last couple days, according to weather officials. The 1,710-acre Umpqua North Complex, burning about 50 miles east of Roseburg, and the 1,100-acre Falcon Complex, 25 miles east of Tiller, are the main culprits, said meteorologist Ryan Sandler. The High Cascades […]
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Milli Fire threatening homes near Sisters; Evacuation warnings in place as fire grows to 4,565 acres

Households west of Sisters have been told to be ready to leave on a moment’s notice due to the Milli Fire, which grew overnight Wednesday from about 260 acres to 4,565 acres in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office ordered the potential evacuation notice Thursday morning for areas south of McKenzie Highway […]
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Oregon National Guard Activated To Assist With Firefighting Efforts

Governor Brown has activated around 100 members of the Oregon National Guard to help with firefighting efforts at the High Cascade Complex near Crater Lake. Eriks Gabliks with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training says the National Guard will mostly be helping with mop-up so the more specialized fire personnel can return to […]
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Grizzly Peak trail system reopens

Closure signs and caution tape are no longer at the Grizzly Peak trailhead or its tributary trails. The Bureau of Land Management Medford District and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District have decided the area is now safe for public access. Source: Grizzly Peak trail system reopens

Oregon National Guard heads to wildfire near Crater Lake

Spc. Alex Beall, an Oregon National Guard member from Medford who fought in the war in Afghanistan, is being deployed along with more than 100 fellow guard members to take on a different foe: A wildfire at iconic Crater Lake. More than 100 members of the Oregon National Guard received refresher wildland firefighting training Tuesday […]
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