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  • Oregon feels the heat as wildfire season begins

    06/02/2003 12:29:53 PM PDT · by EBUCK · 43 replies · 272+ views
    <p>A firefighter battles a wildfire near Sisters in July 2002. Dry conditions have Oregon and other western states bracing for another potentially dangerous wildfire season.</p> <p>Fire conditions are not as bad as they were in 2002, but a five-year drought in the West fuels danger.</p>
  • USFS Service update on Apple Fires, Tiller Fires and Biscuit fires. (Oregon is still burning)

    09/03/2002 3:49:39 PM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 47 replies · 715+ views
    USFS ^ | 3 September 2002 | USFS
    Apple Fire Update: September 03, 2002: Fire Information: (541)496-0235 Size: 13,595 acres Started: August 16, 2002 Containment: 75 percent Expected Containment: September 5 at 6:00 p.m. Line to build: 3 miles Location: 21 miles east of Glide near the area of Dry Creek Resources Assigned: 27 crews, 10 helicopters, 27 engines, 20 watertenders, 7 dozers. Total 912 personnel. Objectives: Keep the fire south of the North Umpqua River, west of Twin Lakes and 4770 Road, east of Panther Ridge, and north of a line between Lake in the Woods and Snowbird Mountain. Ensure firefighter and public safety, make management decisions...
  • Four Earthquakes off the Coast of Oregon

    09/02/2002 3:55:45 PM PDT · by 2sheep · 116 replies · 832+ views
    USGS ^ | Sept. 2, 2002 | NEIC
    Four earthquakes off the coast of Oregon (and another in the bottomless pit in Fiji):  NEIC: Near Real Time Earthquake ListNear Real Time Earthquake ListUpdated as of Mon Sep 2 22:06:17 UTC 2002.DATE-(UTC)-TIME         Latitude Longitude Depth Magnitude Q  COMMENTSyyyy/mm/dd   hh:mm:ss   degrees  degrees   km                                                                                       2002/09/02  18:21:35    43.95N   128.36W   10.0  4.7       A  OFF COAST OF OREGON2002/09/02  15:17:13    44.01N   127.92W   10.0  4.4       B  OFF COAST OF OREGON2002/09/02  13:39:17    43.94N   128.29W   19.2  5.4       A  OFF COAST OF OREGON2002/09/02  13:38:10    43.91N   128.39W   21.6  5.2       A  OFF COAST OF OREGON2002/09/02  06:16:53    17.32S   178.79W   500.0 4.4       B  FIJI ISLANDS   NEIC: Historical Seismicity: OFF COAST OF OREGON          210 miles...
  • WINDS PUSH BISCUIT FLAMES OVER LINE, (Oregon still burning)

    09/01/2002 8:06:18 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 14 replies · 440+ views
    Curry Coastal Pilot ^ | 31 August 2002 | Bill Lundquist
    WINDS PUSH BISCUIT FLAMES OVER LINE Published: August 31, 2002 By Bill Lundquist, Pilot Staff Writer Chetco Effect weather conditions pushed the Biscuit Fire Wednesday afternoon over a contingency fire line near Tolman Ranch, but no structures were lost. Alaska Incident Management Team Information Officer Bill Beebe said crews were moved back and helicopters dropped water. Mike Frazier, with the U.S. Forest Service, said the area around Tolman Ranch has been cleared and protected, so there should be no danger to structures. Due to the increased fire activity, the estimated containment date has been moved to Sept. 6. In North...
  • New mapping drops Biscuit fire below half-million-acre mark (Oregon still burning)

    08/30/2002 9:54:51 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 80 replies · 724+ views
    Oregon Live/AP ^ | 30 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    New mapping drops Biscuit fire below half-million-acre mark By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 8/30/02 12:32 PM GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Based on closer mapping, the size of the massive Biscuit Fire dipped below the half-million-acre mark Friday as firefighters built the last bits of containment lines to securely encircle the blaze. Burning since July 13 when lightning raked the Siskiyou National Forest, the Biscuit Fire stood at 499,780 acres, down from 500,068 acres, and remained 90 percent contained, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Miera Crawford. Full containment was projected for Wednesday. The delay in full containment was caused...
  • Forest Service ignores offers of Russian help [use of water transport plane refused]

    08/28/2002 6:22:55 PM PDT · by 2sheep · 30 replies · 1,109+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 27, 2002 | Sarah Foster
    A Soviet Ilyushin 76 (Courtesy GlobalEmergency Reponse)It covers an area the size of 12 football fields with one 10-second drop [of liquid – water or retardant]. It puts a fireline down 300 feet wide and 3,900 feet long in 10 seconds. It would have saved every community in Colorado and Arizona this year. It would have saved those 300 homes in Los Alamos two years ago." ] -Tom Robinson, chief administrator for Global Emergency Response, on the Ilyushin-76 "Waterbomber" The gargantuan Biscuit wildfire in Southern Oregon has now engulfed just under half-a-million acres since lightning ignited it and other western...
  • Containment nearing on Biscuit Fire (Oregon still burning)

    08/27/2002 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 34 replies · 391+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 27 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Containment nearing on Biscuit Fire By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 8/27/02 10:48 AM GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The nation's biggest wildfire this year, the Biscuit fire in southwestern Oregon, passed the 500,000-acre mark on Tuesday as firefighters closed in on containment and some crews were sent to other fires. Only 10 miles of fire line remained to be strengthened with burnout operations, raising the total acreage to 500,023 acres, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jean Schaeppi. Started by lightning strikes July 13, the fire remained 90 percent contained, with full containment expected Aug. 31. Containment means fire commanders...
  • Biscuit Fire expected to be contained Monday

    08/26/2002 7:09:46 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 28 replies · 419+ views
    KATU TV, Portland, Oregon, website ^ | August 25, 2002 | KATU Staff
    Biscuit Fire expected to be contained Monday August 25, 2002 PORTLAND - Fire bosses say they expect full containment on the Biscuit Fire in southwest Oregon by tomorrow. That's when they predict they can have the 300-mile line around the fire completed. The fire has burned nearly 500,000 acres since lightening started it about six weeks ago. However fire information officer Susan Mathison says containment does not mean the fire is out. She says it could still ignite and spread until the first serious rain. She said interior burning within the fire line, which ranges from one foot to 30...
  • Biscuit fire nearly surrounded

    08/24/2002 6:31:09 AM PDT · by madfly · 43 replies · 890+ views
    Oregonlive.com ^ | 08/24/02 | ALEX PULASKI
    Biscuit fire nearly surrounded 08/24/02ALEX PULASKI Firefighters pushed control lines closer around the Biscuit fire Friday, and hope to have its 240-mile perimeter sewn up by this weekend. From Our Advertiser Twenty-plus miles of line remained to be built around the Biscuit blaze, the biggest fire in the United States this year. The most critical stretch remains along the fire's western edge, near the Pistol River. Randy Shepard, a fire spokesman, said 10 hand crews were pressing south in rough terrain. Aided by bulldozers and three crews working toward the north to meet them, firefighters hope to tie the two...
  • Bush to Visit Oregon

    08/19/2002 8:55:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 381+ views
    President to Visit Oregon, Fire Site 08/19/2002 Associated Press President Bush will visit areas devastated by the Squires fire in Ruch next Thursday during a visit to Oregon that also will include a fund-raising dinner for Republican Senator Gordon Smith, the White House announced Friday. Bush, who is taking a "working vacation" at his ranch in Waco, Texas, also plans stops in California, according to a schedule released by the president's office. President Bush in his Ford pickup this month at his Crawford, Texas, ranch. (AP Photo) The president will deliver a speech on the importance of thinning forests to...
  • Fires burning across Oregon (Still!)

    08/20/2002 6:55:04 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 40 replies · 546+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 20 August 2002 | AP Staff
    Fires burning across Oregon (Still) The Associated Press 8/20/02 1:51 AM Major wildfires were burning on about 560,000 acres in Oregon on Monday. About 10,507 firefighters were working in the state. The Northwest Interagency Communication Center is tracking eight major fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials Monday were the Biscuit fire, covering 448,857 acres, the 6,000-acre Apple fire and the 56,900-acre Tiller Complex. BISCUIT FIRE (formerly called Florence Fire; name changed on 8/11/02) Started: Florence fire started 26 miles west of Grant Pass, 07/13/02; Sour Biscuit started 17 miles southwest of Cave Junction. Size: 448,857 acres. Containment: 40...
  • Black line protects subdivision from Biscuit Fire, (Oregon still burning)

    08/19/2002 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 81 replies · 1,184+ views
    Oregon Live/The Oregonian ^ | 19 August 2002 | WENDY LAWTON , Wendy Owen,
    Black line protects subdivision from Biscuit Oregon Live/The Oregonian, 08/19/02 WENDY LAWTON and WENDY OWEN Residents in a 25-home subdivision near Agness got some relief Sunday as crews finished a burnout to protect them from the Biscuit fire raging three-quarters of a mile away. A black line, an area devoid of fuel, now protects the Oak Flat subdivision, but the line needs to be tested by the main fire to ensure it's secure. "They've got a good buffer," said Dick Fleishman, fire information officer. However, hot temperatures and high winds can blow embers across the line and spark spot fires,...
  • Fires burning across Oregon (Still)

    08/18/2002 8:46:38 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 36 replies · 808+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 18 August 2001 | Andrew Kramer
    Fires burning across Oregon The Associated Press, 8/18/02 11:20 AM Major wildfires were burning on about 540,699 acres in Oregon on Sunday. About 9,801 firefighters were working in the state. The Northwest Interagency Communication Center is tracking six major fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials Sunday were the Biscuit fire, covering 435,654 acres, the 53,900-acre Tiller Complex, and the 1,953-acre East Antelope Fire, east of Ashland. BISCUIT FIRE (formerly called Florence Fire; name changed on 8/11/02) Started: Florence fire started 26 miles west of Grant Pass, 07/13/02; Sour Biscuit started 17 miles southwest of Cave Junction. Size: 435,654...
  • More crews arriving as flames keep spreading, (Forest Fires in Oregon)

    07/18/2002 8:39:19 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 105 replies · 1,162+ views
    The Oregon ^ | 7/18/2002 | John Enders
    More crews arriving as flames keep spreading By JOHN ENDERS, The Associated Press, 7/18/02 4:08 AM SISTERS, Ore. (AP) -- Firefighters from several states are on their way to Oregon. And just in time: there are plenty of fires here for them to fight. Ten Oregon crews that were fighting fires in other Western states will be returning home by the weekend. Joining them will be firefighters from Alaska, California, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee, fire officials said late Wednesday. And, on July 29, a battalion from an Army base in Kansas will be arriving in Oregon. Crews...
  • Reinforcements head for Oregon as fires rage

    07/19/2002 12:33:10 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 5 replies · 272+ views
    Coos Bay World ^ | July 18, 2002 | John Enders, AP Writer
    An Army battalion will soon join firefighters from severalstates who are converging on Oregon to battle wildfires raging in vast stretches of brush and timber. Ten Oregon crews that were fighting fires in other Western states will be returning home by the weekend joined by firefighters from eight other states, fire officials said late Wednesday. And on July 29, 650 Army soldiers from a base in Kansas will be arriving in Oregon, officials said....(snip) For complete article click here
  • Officials say large fires may merge (Oregon Fires)

    07/19/2002 12:20:25 PM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 80 replies · 564+ views
    The Associated Press via Oregon Live ^ | 7/19/02 10:34 AM | JULIA SILVERMAN
    Officials say large fires may merge By 7/19/02 10:34 AM PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two of the largest wildfires in southern Oregon had nearly merged Friday as the total acreage burned since lightning strikes touched off blazes around the state last weekend reached 191,000 acres. The Tool Box Complex and the Winter Complex were being closely monitored as crews were trying to stop flames from crossing Oregon Highway 31 and heading east into the high desert. The Toolbox Fire had burned 44,300 acres by Thursday night near the town of Paisley north of Klamath Falls. The blaze had spread to...
  • California: Fires threaten power lines around Oregon ( Feeding power to California )

    07/19/2002 2:02:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 256+ views
    Statesman Journal ^ | July 19, 2002 | Statesman Journal staff
    <p>PORTLAND — Wildfires in the high desert were threatening power lines that feed electricity to California and the Southwest, officials said Thursday.</p> <p>The Bonneville Power Administration operates one of the main “interties” between the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest — a string of high-voltage lines that typically carry electricity south in the summer when the cooler Northwest has a surplus of hydropower and air conditioners increase demand in the Southwest.</p>
  • Fires burning on about 212,000 acres across Oregon

    07/21/2002 6:04:46 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 32 replies · 376+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 21 July 2002 | AP
    Fires burning on about 212,000 acres across Oregon The Associated Press 7/21/02 12:54 AM Several major wildfires were burning on about 212,000 acres in Oregon on Saturday. Over 7,000 firefighters are working in the state. WINTER-TOOLBOX FIRES Started: in Lake County 07/12/02 and merged Saturday. Size: 83,000 acres Containment: Being determined Evacuations: Voluntary evacuations of 65 homes. Damage: Closed highway. On scene: 1,755 firefighters Cause: Lightning. EYERLY FIRE Started: 15 miles NE of Camp Sherman, 07/09/02. Size: 19,220 acres. Containment: 65 percent. Evacuations: None. Damage: 18 houses destroyed. On scene: 1,002 firefighters Cause: Lightning. MALHEUR COMPLEX Started: 8-25 miles from...
  • Oregon Fires: Heat, dryness, lightning, wind fuel wildfire flames

    07/22/2002 9:35:33 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 81 replies · 519+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 22 July 2002 | STUART TOMLINSON and ERIC MORTENSON
    Fires: Heat, dryness, lightning, wind fuel wildfire flames 07/22/02 STUART TOMLINSON and ERIC MORTENSON PAISLEY -- Oregon National Guard troops plan to join the battle today as 16 forest fires continue to rage unchecked in Central and Southern Oregon, burning 219,781 acres during the weekend and threatening hundreds of isolated homes and ranches despite the efforts of nearly 8,000 firefighters. Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to visit the Paisley area in south-central Oregon this afternoon, where the Winter and Tool Box fires merged during the weekend into a "megafire" covering more than 87,000 acres, the state's largest. He will also...
  • Latest Oregon Wildfire Update at 3:20 pm

    07/22/2002 3:25:14 PM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 69 replies · 1,108+ views
    KGW TV ^ | 07/22/2002 | KGW Staff
    Kitzhaber Tours Fire Scenes, Guardsmen Arrive 07/22/2002 By kgw.com and AP Staff updated @ 3:20 p.m. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, conducting an aerial tour of Oregon's wildfires Monday afternoon, praised a group of property owners for taking steps to keep their homes from burning in the midst of the devastating Squire Peak Fire. Not one home around the community of Ruch was lost in the fire, although four outbuildings were destroyed. That fire was now 95 percent contained. Gov. Kitzhaber talks with folks in Ruch about fire conditions. (KGW Photo) Kitzhaber also said this year's early and devastating fires show...
  • Flames force evacuations in The Dalles, (East of Portland, Oregon)

    07/26/2002 6:24:57 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 67 replies · 758+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 7/26/02 4:04 AM | Flames force evacuations in The Dalles
    Flames force evacuations in The Dalles (East of Portland, Oregon) By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's wildfire season took a turn to the north late Thursday when the Sheldon Ridge Fire grew to 3,000 acres and forced 200 homes near The Dalles to be evacuated. The fire was reportedly a few miles southwest of the city and threatening expensive homes in the nearby hills. City firefighters from Portland were sent to the area by mandate of the Conflagration Act, which allows the governor to ask for assistance of local firefighters when wildfire resources get...
  • Flames force evacuations in The Dalles, (East of Portland, Oregon)

    07/27/2002 8:02:44 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 57 replies · 1,019+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 27 Ju;y 2002, 3:27 AM | Andrew Kramer
    Flames force evacuations in The Dalles By ANDREW KRAMER The Associated Press 7/27/02 3:27 AM THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) -- A contingent of 125 Oregon National Guard troops headed for the Columbia River Gorge Saturday to help fight a 6,000-acre wildfire threatening 270 homes. The Sheldon Ridge fire spewed smoke over The Dalles and burned to within a few feet of some homes perched on the hillsides, some with dramatic views of the river and Mount Hood. Firefighters parked their red and yellow engines in driveways with lights flashing and prepared to fight house to house if the fire picked...
  • Fires force WND HQ evacuation: Uncontrolled Southern Oregon blaze threatens offices

    07/28/2002 11:23:02 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 38 replies · 333+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Monday, July 29, 2002
    Uncontrolled wildfires destroying tens of thousands of acres of pristine forestland in southern Oregon and threatening scores of homes, farms and ranches are now raging very close to WorldNetDaily's secluded corporate headquarters, forcing evacuation of all personnel and vital equipment. The so-called "Florence" fire, ignited by lightning almost two weeks ago, has already consumed over 18,000 acres of tinder-dry forest and remains totally uncontained despite the efforts of 500 firefighters. "Our primary concern right now is for the safety of our employees and their fight to save their own homes," said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily....
  • Florence, Sour Biscuit Fires Merge in SW Oregon

    08/08/2002 7:55:09 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 82 replies · 956+ views
    KGW TV/AP ^ | 08 August 2002 | KGW and AP Staff
    Florence, Sour Biscuit Fires Merge 08/08/2002 By KGW and AP Staff Shifting winds helped merge the Florence and Sour Biscuit Fires, creating a megafire that appeared to be heading back towards the southern Oregon hamlet of Agness. The Florence and Sour Biscuit fires have burned more than 285,000 acres on the Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon and California since lightning struck July 13. Florence was 10 percent contained and Sour Biscuit 30 percent, authorities said. The threat to the 17,000 residents of the Illinois Valley diminished as crews burned out the last of a 40-mile containment line protecting O'Brien,...
  • Forest Service Chief Calls for Controlled Burns, while in Oregon

    08/09/2002 8:30:13 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 67 replies · 1,787+ views
    KGW TV/AP ^ | 09 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Forest Service Chief Calls for Controlled Burns 08/09/2002 By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth toured the Florence Fire Thursday and said it is imperative to thin national forests and restore the natural role of fire in the ecosystem. Bosworth said he wanted a firsthand look at the largest active wildfire in the nation, to see how well the national firefighting effort is dealing with what could become the worst wildfire season in history. "The most important thing we can do in a good part of the West is doing some thinning and reintroduce fire...
  • Florence fire jumps lines, makes tracks for Brookings (SW Oregon)

    08/10/2002 8:03:49 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 53 replies · 966+ views
    Medford Mail Tribuen ^ | 10 August 2002 | Paul Fattig
    August 10, 2002 Florence fire jumps lines, makes tracks for Brookings By PAUL FATTIG Medford Florence fire jumps lines, makes tracks for Brookings Mail Tribune The dog days of August continue to hound firefighters battling the southern flank of the 331,375-acre Florence fire. As temperatures rise, residents in the hamlet of Wilderness Retreat along the Chetco River more than a half-dozen miles east of Brookings have been warned to evacuate on a moment’s notice if the fire flares up along its southwest flank. However, the fire is about three and a half miles from the scattered homes and as of...
  • Oregon Firefighters get no help from the weather

    08/13/2002 7:44:37 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 2 replies · 136+ views
    Oregon Live/AP ^ | 13 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Oregon Firefighters get no help from the weather By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 8/13/02 3:25 AM GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Dry east winds, low humidity and temperatures topping 100 degrees are giving firefighters all they can handle as the massive Biscuit Fire creeps toward several small towns. The fire, Oregon's largest in more than a century, stood at 376,800 acres on the Siskiyou National Forest and adjoining lands in southwestern Oregon and northern California. It started July 13 from lightning that struck in the remote Kalmiopsis Wilderness. "This week is an important week for the fire," said Susan...
  • Fires burning across Oregon, (Still)

    08/15/2002 6:38:21 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 58 replies · 791+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 8/15/02 1:45 AM | AP Staff
    Fires burning across Oregon The Associated Press 8/15/02 1:45 AM Major wildfires are burning on about 479,000 acres in Oregon on Tuesday. About 9,400 firefighters are working in the state. The Northwest Interagency Communication Center is tracking five major fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials Wednesday were the Biscuit fire, covering 390,276 acres, and the 44,880-acre Tiller Complex, and the 136-acre Hemlock fire. BISCUIT FIRE (formerly called Florence Fire; name changed on 8/11/02) Started: Florence fire started 26 miles west of Grant Pass, 07/13/02; Sour Biscuit started 17 miles southwest of Cave Junction. Size: 390,276 acres. Containment: 26...
  • Homes south of Agness, Oregon get orders to evacuate

    08/16/2002 8:45:03 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 28 replies · 485+ views
    Oregon Live/Oregonian ^ | 16 August 2002 | R. GREGORY NOKES
    More From The Oregonian Homes south of Agness get orders to evacuate 08/16/02 R. GREGORY NOKES The Curry County sheriff gave evacuation notices to residents of 30 homes three miles south of Agness late Thursday evening as the Biscuit fire continued its rapid spread north. The fire came within three-fourths of a mile of the Oak Flats and Spud Road areas near Agness, a community of 150 along the Rogue River, said Dick Fleishman, a fire information officer. Officials decided to give evacuation notices in the area while it was still light out. They did not include Agness, which remains...
  • Oregon Coastal air helps slow advance of western flank of Biscuit Fire, giving residents hope

    08/14/2002 8:51:30 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 36 replies · 433+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 8/14/02 3:44 AM | Jeff Barnard
    Coastal air helps slow advance of western flank of Biscuit Fire, giving residents hope By JEFF BARNARD, The Associated Press, 8/14/02 3:44 AM BROOKINGS, Ore. -- Hot weather made life miserable for firefighters on the eastern flanks of the Biscuit fire, but moist marine air on the western side helped a small outback subdivision under an evacuation advisory. "I don't think it will get here," Incident Commander Kim Martin said Tuesday while briefing a dozen residents of the Wilderness Retreat subdivision, located about 12 miles east of Brookings on the Chetco River. They stood in the shade of some fir...
  • Oregon Firefighters get no help from the weather

    08/13/2002 7:48:43 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 92 replies · 685+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 13 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Oregon Firefighters get no help from the weather By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 8/13/02 3:25 AM GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Dry east winds, low humidity and temperatures topping 100 degrees are giving firefighters all they can handle as the massive Biscuit Fire creeps toward several small towns. The fire, Oregon's largest in more than a century, stood at 376,800 acres on the Siskiyou National Forest and adjoining lands in southwestern Oregon and northern California. It started July 13 from lightning that struck in the remote Kalmiopsis Wilderness. "This week is an important week for the fire," said Susan...
  • Oregon fire covers 460 square miles, nears power lines

    08/12/2002 7:53:20 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 14 replies · 431+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | August 12, 2002 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Oregon's largest wildfire in more than a century threatened power lines feeding several Northern California towns yesterday as crews tried to stop a slow creep along its southeastern flank. Hand crews had created three or four fire lines in front of the advancing flames west of O'Brien, but said they would have to ask Pacific Power to shut down the power lines if the wildfire got too close. When carbon-rich smoke thickens around the cables, it can cause the electricity from the lines to arc, endangering firefighters. Turning off the power would put the California towns of Gasquet, Hiouchi and...
  • Hot, dry weather concerns Oregon firefighters

    08/12/2002 7:47:31 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 57 replies · 901+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 12 August 2002 | Oregon Live/ AP
    Hot, dry weather concerns Oregon firefighters The Associated Press 8/12/02 10:28 AM Firefighters battling the giant lightning-caused Biscuit fire in southern Oregon and northern California watched nervously Monday as hot, dry and windy conditions moved into the fire zone. A new fire, this one human caused, sprang up Sunday in eastern Oregon. "This one has potential. If we don't catch it today, it's going to be a biggie," said David Widmark, spokesman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland. The new fire, named the Bald Green Butte fire, was burning on 100 acres near a Ponderosa forest and rugged...
  • Florence Fire expands, threat to Agness continues

    08/09/2002 10:43:54 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 3 replies · 184+ views
    KATU News ^ | August 9, 2002 | no by-line
    Grants Pass- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth said thinning national forests and restoring the natural role of fire in the ecosystem should be made top priority after he toured the largest active wildfire in the nation.The Florence Fire was threatening to become the largest wildfire in state history after expanding to 308,000 acres on the Siskiyou National Forest and adjoining lands in southwestern Oregon and Northern California.The largest wildfire in Oregon was the Tillamook Fire in 1933 which burned 311,000 in the northwest corner of the state.The threat to 17,000 people of the Illinois Valley has eased, but the...
  • Agness, Oregon Residents receive fire evacuation warning

    08/07/2002 7:19:38 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 84 replies · 1,226+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | JEFF BARNARD | JEFF BARNARD
    Agness residents receive evacuation warning By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 8/7/02 2:01 AM GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The Curry County sheriff on Tuesday warned residents of more than 220 homes around the white-water rafting community of Agness to be ready to evacuate in case the Florence Fire moves closer. Firefighters and deputies began going house to house through the settlements of Agness, Illahe, and Oak Flat, located at the confluence of the Rogue and Illinois rivers within three to six miles of the northern flank of the Florence Fire. "If we come talk to you a second time,...
  • Cool weather is two-edged sword on Florence and Sour Biscuit Fires/Oregon

    08/06/2002 7:33:30 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 64 replies · 526+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 06 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard / AP
    Wildfire News/Oregon Cool weather is two-edged sword on Florence and Sour Biscuit Fires By JEFF BARNARD, The Associated Press, 8/6/02 3:17 AM CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) -- Cool and humid weather that has kept a lid on the Florence and Sour Biscuit fires prevented crews from fire-hardening the southern end of the 40-mile containment line protecting the Illinois Valley. "It's a two-edged sword," said Mike Lohrey, incident commander on the eastern front of the fires that have burned a combined 275,000 acres of the Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon said Monday. A few drops of rain fell on the...
  • Home Educators: Coming of Age in an Unfree Society

    08/05/2002 12:32:15 PM PDT · by Aric2000 · 39 replies · 1,012+ views
    E-mail | August 2002 | Cathy Henderson
    Introduction: Through an e-mail sent last December to HELM Harbor, HELM's e-mail list, I learned that the Bryant children had been placed into the custody of DSS. This news was totally unexpected, and I was stunned. What I learned about this situation has deepened my concern for the increasing forcible restraint of parental rights. Home educators have a responsibility to act in support for the Bryants and others waging battle in the front lines. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Bryant family continues a five-year-old court battle which, though located on the battleground of homeschooling, is part of the much...
  • Oregon Fire Fight Hampered by Cooler Weather

    08/05/2002 7:37:46 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 85 replies · 543+ views
    KGW TV ^ | 5 August 2002 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Fire Fight Hampered by Cooler Weather 08/05/2002 By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer Firefighters trying to get a line around the massive Florence Fire hoped for rain Monday, but said they were nevertheless making good progress on corralling the blaze with a 200-mile containment line starting at the California border. The 240,000-acre fire, located in the Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon, increased Sunday by more than 40,000 acres from burnouts alone, said Tom Valluzzi, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman. Burnouts are fires that are intentionally set behind dirt containment lines by crews hoping to rob the main blaze of...
  • Fire threat drops in southern Oregon

    08/05/2002 7:38:38 AM PDT · by Archie Bunker on steroids · 8 replies · 267+ views
    NW Cable News August 5, 2002 Fire threat drops in southern Oregon 08/05/2002 CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. - Cooler, humid weather both helped and hampered fire crews Sunday as they worked round the clock to get an upper hand on the Florence fire. Low winds, temperatures in the 70s and high humidity meant the fire was not active and had not grown significantly. But the wet weather was also preventing crews from starting burnouts, or planned fires used to starve the main blaze of its fuel. "Even though this is slowing the fire, it's still hurting what we do," said Tom...
  • "I'M ASHAMED OF THIS" Interview with a 'copter Wildfire Fighter.

    08/02/2002 7:10:45 PM PDT · by AuntB · 150 replies · 3,137+ views
    The Lars Larson Show ^ | 8/02/02 | AuntB
    The following is a transcribed portion of an interview aired today on the Lars Larson radio program from Portland, Or., which is broadcast across the Northwest from noon to 4:00 P.M. pacific. There is little I can add to his exchange with the executive vice-president of a company that supplies helicopter service to the US Forest service to show the inept and dangerous policies of this bureaucracy. Please bring these disclosures to your congress people’s attention and demand the policy of silence and media blackout practiced by the Forest Service and environmental groups stop. Our homes, forests and lives are...
  • Fires burning on more than 438,000 acres across Oregon

    08/03/2002 7:09:17 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 105 replies · 881+ views
    Oregon Live/AP ^ | 8/3/02 1:59 AM | AP Staff
    Fires burning on more than 438,000 acres across Oregon The Associated Press Major wildfires have burned and are burning on more than 438,000 acres in Oregon on Friday. About 12,000 firefighters are working in the state. The Northwest Interagency Communication Center is tracking at least nine major fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials were the 150,000-acre Florence fire, the 17,000-acre Timbered Rock fire, the 38,000-acre Sour Biscuit Fire, and the 26,850-acre Tiller Complex. LUCKY FIRE Started: 7/29/02, 10 p.m. six miles south of Detroit. Size:87 acres Containment: 70 percent Evacuations: None. Damages: None yet. In heavy timber. On...
  • Wildfire News, Successful burnout diminishes threat to Illinois Valley, Oregon homes

    08/02/2002 7:59:19 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 53 replies · 1,064+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 2 August 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Wildfire News! Successful burnout diminishes threat to Illinois Valley, Oregon homes By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 8/2/02 3:43 AM SELMA, Ore. (AP) -- A shift in the wind allowed firefighters to torch miles of brush in an effort to save thousands of homes in southwest Oregon. Hotshot crews poured fire from drip torches, burning a black swath of safety for the 17,000 people of the Illinois Valley. With each mile of burnout added along the 30-mile front of fire, the threat to the towns of Selma, Kerby, Cave Junction and O'Brien diminished. "I certainly feel better today," Illinois Valley...
  • Southern Oregon Wildfires Rage, More Residents Flee

    08/01/2002 1:09:21 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 34 replies · 394+ views
    KATU News ^ | August 1, 2002 | Jeff Bernard
    CAVE JUNCTION - About 500 people have either left their homes in the Illinois River Valley or told officials of their intention to do so as the largest wildfire int he Coast Range in years burned out of control.The Josephine County Sheriff's Officeaid 400 people have evacuated their homes and registered with the Red Cross, and about 100 more have notified the police of their intent to leave "People have been calling and offering people places to stay in their homes and pastures for their animals," said Lt. Brian Anderson with the sheriff's office.Most of the 17,000 residents in the...
  • Oregon Firefighters set own blazes in bid to corral wildfires

    08/01/2002 6:19:24 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 123 replies · 598+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 08/01/02 | ALEX PULASKI and BETH QUINN
    Firefighters set own blazes in bid to corral wildfires 08/01/02 ALEX PULASKI and BETH QUINN SELMA -- A column of thick smoke reared its head near this Southwest Oregon town at sundown Wednesday, proof that firefighters had begun an important counterattack. From Our Advertiser Bulldozer operators and hand crews had spent two days stitching together a 30-mile line in the dirt, but until Wednesday night, fickle winds had prevented them from setting their own fires to protect Oregon's Illinois Valley. "The wind has just been too squirrelly," spokesman Tom Valluzzi said. As incident commander Mike Lohrey explained to residents Tuesday...
  • Thousands in the Line of Fire in SW Oregon

    07/31/2002 8:14:18 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 119 replies · 980+ views
    KGW TV/AP ^ | 31 July 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Thousands in the Line of Fire in SW Oregon 07/31/2002 By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer Officials say there is just one main route out of the fire zone in southern Oregon's Illinois Valley -- U-S 199 South -- along with three back roads. Josephine County sheriff's deputies say signs pointing out evacuation routes will go up today. The Florence Fire has burned about 145-thousand acres and the Sour Biscuit fire stands at about 35-thousand acres. They two fires remain about three to four miles apart, but together they form a 30-mile long front of fire threatening the communities of...
  • 30-mile fire front menaces southwest Oregon towns

    07/30/2002 6:48:28 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 138 replies · 998+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 7/30/02 | Beth Quinn
    30-mile fire front menaces southwest Oregon towns 07/30/02 BETH QUINN CAVE JUNCTION -- Wildland firefighters battled to keep a 30-mile-long wall of fire from reaching the Illinois Valley on Monday where 17,000 people were warned to get ready to flee. From Our Advertiser As the 70,000 acre Florence fire roared south toward the 20,000-acre Sour Biscuit blaze, firefighters dug a last-ditch fire line stretching along the western edge of the valley and southwestern Oregon communities. Sixteen bulldozers worked the line on the steep ridges west of Woodrat, Tennessee and Eight Dollar mountains while 14 more wait along U.S. 199 in...
  • Wildfire News Fires burning on more than 272,000 acres across Oregon

    07/29/2002 6:19:19 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 98 replies · 983+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 7/29/2002 | The Associated Press
    Wildfire News Fires burning on more than 272,000 acres across Oregon The Associated Press 7/29/02 1:03 AM Major wildfires were burning on 272,422 acres in Oregon on Sunday. About 12,503 firefighters are working in the state. The Northwest Interagency Communication Center is tracking at least 15 major fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials were the Cache Mountain fire, Sheldon Ridge fire and Biscuit-Florence-Sour fire. WHITE RIVER Started: 7/23/02, one mile east of Maupin Size: 25,000 acres Containment: 95 percent. Evacuations: mandatory evacuation of White River campground 7/24/02; Bake Oven Road and Buckhollow Road reopened, 7/27/02. Lower Deschutes River...
  • Fires burning on more than 260,000 acres across Oregon

    07/28/2002 10:14:13 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 82 replies · 944+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 07/28/2002 | AP
    Fires burning on more than 260,000 acres across Oregon The Associated Press 7/28/02 1:04 AM Major wildfires were burning on 264,000 acres in Oregon on Saturday. About 10,495 firefighters are working in the state. The Northwest Interagency Communication Center is tracking at least 14 major fires in Oregon. Top priorities for fire officials were the 9,000-acre Sheldon Ridge fire near The Dalles and the 2,261-acre Skunk Fire in Klamath County. WHITE RIVER Started: 7/23/02, one mile east of Maupin Size: 20,000 acres Containment: 30 percent. Evacuations: mandatory evacuation of White River campground 7/24/02; Bake Oven Road and Buckhollow Road reopened,...
  • Oregon Firefighters Injured and forced to deploy emergency fire shelters

    07/25/2002 10:14:49 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 60 replies · 797+ views
    Oregon Live/ AP ^ | 25 July 2002 | Jeff Barnard
    Firefighters forced to deploy emergency shelters By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press 7/25/02 11:36 AM BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Flames overran a 20-person crew battling Oregon's biggest wildfire, forcing them to deploy their emergency shelters. Eleven firefighters were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation and released from a hospital here. They returned to fire camp at 3 a.m. Thursday, said David Widmark, spokesman for the Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center. The firefighters were members of a contract crew known as Ferguson 53 from somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, hired by the U.S. Forest Service to fight the Tool Box...
  • Governor of Oregon, bailing on envirals?

    07/22/2002 9:54:53 PM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 42 replies · 571+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 22 July 2002, 7:37 pm | Brad Cain
    National Guard troops to join firefighters By BRAD CAIN The Associated Press 7/22/02 7:37 PM PAISLEY, Ore. (AP) -- Touching down from a helicopter tour of fires across Oregon, Gov. John Kitzhaber urged Congress to boost its commitment to preventing future blazes in the nation's forests. "This is as much a war as the war we are fighting in Afghanistan,' Kitzhaber said at Paisley High School, which houses 814 firefighters hoping to contain the 31,500-acre Winter Fire in the Summer Lake Basin of south central Oregon. "Congress has got to put in a permanent appropriation to keep resources coming" for...