A firefighter has died in a truck accident on a one-lane mountain road in Southern Oregon. Jesse A. Trader was 19 years old. He was working for a company that was contracted to fight the Big Windy Complex of Fires south of the Rogue River.

Credit Marvin Vetter / ODF

The Red Cross says it’s handed out about 20,000  respirator masks so far in southern Oregon communities plagued by wildfire smoke.The state continues to measure unhealthy levels of smoke pollution in places like Cave Junction and Grants Pass.

Gov. Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

Aug 5, 2013
Douglas Forest Protective Association

Governor Kitzhaber and both Oregon U.S. senators received a briefing today in Glendale on the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon. Local, state, and federal agencies informed community members and state legislators on the status of the Douglas Complex Fires.

Cooler Weather Helps Fire Crews in SW Oregon

Aug 1, 2013
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The Douglas Complex of wildfires in southwest Oregon has grown to more than 28-thousand acres. The dry lightning forecast for Wednesday never materialized in the region.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has declared a state of emergency for Douglas and Josephine counties because of a complex of wildfires that's grown to more than 25-thousand acres. 

Fire managers are bracing for a round of thunderstorms that could create erratic fire behavior across the Northwest. Storms are expected from Challis, Idaho, to Grants Pass, Ore., starting Wednesday.

Sarah Levy at the Northwest Coordination Center in Portland says in some places, firefighters are digging additional lines in anticipation. But then there's the other concern – that more fires will start.

Smoke from wildfires is creating poor breathing conditions in parts of the Northwest.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says the air has reached "very unhealthy" levels in parts of southwest Oregon. That's due to a series of wildfires that have led to some evacuations but so far have caused very little property damage.

A fire that started Saturday morning near Wenatchee, Wash., is now burning more than 30 square miles in rugged terrain. Five homes have been consumed in the blaze and the residents in another 60 are being told to evacuate.

It's one of nearly two-dozen major fires now burning across the Northwest.

Forecasters predicted a higher-than-normal fire season this year in parts of the region, and so far it's right on target.

Large Fires Threaten Oregon Homes

Jul 29, 2013

Large fires in Southwest Oregon continue to threaten more than 300 homes.  Authorities have issued level 3 evacuations for about 40 homes in the vicinity of the Douglas Complex.

Goldendale Area Wildfire Grows Over Weekend

Jul 29, 2013
Anna King

Over the weekend the wildfire burning near Goldendale, in southeast Washington, grew to more than 17,000 acres. Firefighters are battling flames in grass, brush and timber. So far, no homes have burned, but the fire has closed a highway that runs between the towns of Toppenish and Goldendale. The blaze called the Mile Marker 28 fire is moving toward the town of Bickelton, Washington and is about 25 percent contained. More than 1,200 firefighters are working about 78 miles of fire line. Steve Derry is a fire crew chief. He was just getting ready to head back out.