Forest Fires

Northwest Fires
4:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

California Weather Events Travel Through Idaho, Bringing Fire Risk

InciWeb. The Little Queens Fire is burning more than 20,000 acres near the town of Atlanta, Idaho.

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 4:17 pm

The same weather patterns that are making the Rim Fire a challenge for firefighters in California have been moving up through parts of the Northwest. Specifically, through central Idaho. Fire managers say the forests there are ripe for fire, and more lightning is in the forecast this week.

The fact that massive fires are raging both in California and in Idaho is no coincidence, according to Robyn Broyles. She's with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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Northwest Fires
7:06 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Idaho Fire Nation’s Top Priority

A massive wildfire burning in Idaho has become the nation’s top firefighting priority. The 125 square mile blaze is threatening hundreds of homes and hundreds of people have been asked to leave.

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Northwest Fires
4:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Rogue River Re-Opens As Fire Threat Diminishes

InciWeb. Firefighters working on the Big Windy Fire raft down the Rogue River.

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 3:41 pm

Rafters can once again try their luck shooting the rapids on a popular southern Oregon river.

The Rogue River re-opened to pleasure-seekers Monday after weekend rains tamped down some wildfires in the area. The nearly two-week closure was a major economic hit to businesses that specialize in river recreation.

Pete Wallstrom owns Momentum River Expeditions. He says his first guided trip down the Rogue won't be until Thursday as staffers try to get hold of people who canceled their trips.

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Northwest Fires
4:16 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Landslides, Road Closures Further Complicate Fire Fighting Near Wenatchee

InciWeb. Lightning at the Mile Post 10 Fire

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 3:08 pm

Torrents of mud and debris have closed three roads near Wenatchee in central Washington. The landslides were caused by thunderstorms on Sunday, along with wildfire damage. The mudflows have hampered firefighting efforts on the Mile Post 10 fire, which has grown to 6,000 acres since Friday.

Some residents and fire trucks were stranded. Rick Isaacson is an information officer for Chelan Fire District 1. He says it’s been a pretty tough couple of weeks. “If I lived up there I’d be on vacation in Hawaii for about three weeks. And just leave it at that. If I could.”

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Northwest Fires
5:48 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

College Student Fighting Fires in Southern Oregon Killed in Truck Accident

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.

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Northwest Fires
5:17 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Triggers Health Problems in Southern Oregon

More than 5,000 firefighters are working to contain the blazes in Southwest Oregon.
Credit 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.

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Northwest Fires
3:50 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Gov. Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

Credit 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.

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Northwest Fires
3:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Cooler Weather Helps Fire Crews in SW Oregon

A view of the Douglas Complex Fire in southern Oregon.
Credit Credit Marvin Vetter / ODF

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.

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Northwest Fires
5:20 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

State of Emergency Declared for Counties Affected by Wildfire in SW Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has rated the air "very unhealthy" in the region.
Credit 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. 

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Northwest Fires
4:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Thunderstorms Expected To Spread Wildfires, Start More

Douglas Forest Protective Association. A fire in the Douglas Complex in southern Oregon.

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 3:31 pm

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.

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