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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...