While cloudy and rainy weather has kept fire activity down, it has prevented crews from flying over the Umpqua North Complex and the Umpqua National Forest with infrared cameras to get up-to-date estimates of the fires’ acreage.
The Umpqua North Complex fires in the Umpqua National Forest have grown to 43,139 acres and have remained 38 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. The cooler temperatures and rain showers throughout the day Monday and Tuesday night have kept fire behavior minimal.
As the Umpqua North Complex fires burn over 41,000 acres in the Umpqua National Forest, Task Force Spearhead, a U.S. Army task force of about 245 soldiers, has joined in the firefighting efforts.
The Umpqua North Complex was burning at 40,856 acres and was 38 percent contained Wednesday evening as crews continued to patrol primary containment lines on the east side of the Happy Dog Fire and mop up the Devil Fire. A suppression repair group will continue working throughout the complex…
Even though the B747-400 SuperTanker can carry almost double the amount of water or fire retardant — almost 20,000 gallons — compared to the next largest SuperTanker, don’t expect to see it fighting fires in Western Oregon anytime soon.
The 16,436-acre Horse Prairie Fire near Riddle was 60-percent contained as of Monday night as the 692 personnel assigned to the fire continue to mop up in all divisions of the fire.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Umpqua North Fire managers lowered evacuation levels for the Dry Creek Community and Slide Creek area, between mileposts 53 and 56 on Highway 138 East, from Level 2 "Get Set" to Level 1 "Get Ready."
About 30 lightning strikes hit within one mile of land protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association Thursday afternoon, when fire crews located and suppressed two new lightning fires. The Diamond Creek Fire nine miles southeast of Tiller was stopped at one-quarter acre and the Ben …
Through the heavy smoke that would ordinarily block flames from sight and keep a helicopter from working on a fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry can see fire activity with a thermal imaging camera.
“Don’t bite your fingernails because we’re going to need all we have to hold on,” Operations Section Chief Matt Howard told the Oregon Department of Forestry’s incident management team during Monday’s planning meeting for the Horse Prairie Fire. Howard wanted to emphasize the next 24 hours w…
Oregon Department of Transportation has suspended motor carrier regulations during the wildfires in Oregon to make it easier for private carriers and for-hire vehicles to help with firefighting operations.
CAMAS VALLEY — Private and federal landowners are losing timber and equipment as the Horse Prairie fire burns thousands of acres near Camas Valley.