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  • Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands ( Oregon )

    01/06/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    The News-Review ^ | 1/6/14 | Chuck Benson
    Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands. ... On BLM lands, federal environmental laws require a lengthy planning process that includes the public. The Douglas Complex fires burned through 76 square miles on a patchwork of public and private lands.
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal government’s ability to fight fires. Much of what’s burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fire’s growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • President Obama to tour Waldo Canyon Fire Friday

    06/27/2012 1:58:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    fox 31 Denver ^ | June 27, 2012 | Eli Stokols
    Barack Obama will fly to Colorado Springs Friday to tour the scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which continues to ravage homes and forest on the edge of Colorado’s second most populous city. ... Politically, the fire offers Obama a chance to be on the ground in a key swing state assuming the responsibilities of actually being President. Further, with the Supreme Court set to issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, traveling to the fire lines on Friday offers the President an opportunity to attempt to turn the page should the Court rule part or all...
  • Loggers: Forest Service policies thwart logging

    06/14/2012 5:47:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    ap ^ | June 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    As crews continue to face off against a fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado, some in the timber industry say the area's fire danger has been heightened by U.S. Forest Service policies and an economy that discourages them from harvesting millions of acres of dead trees that stand ready to burn. The High Park Fire burned has about 80 square miles west of Fort Collins, Colo. It is 15 to 20 percent contained but has been active on its west flank, where there are many beetle-killed trees... As bad as the fire has been, timber experts say the forests of northern...
  • Testimony: Burned Letter Didn't Start Hayman Wildfire

    09/09/2008 2:40:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 128+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | September 9, 2008
    Forest Service Investigator Believes Barton Lied About Letter. The lead U.S. Forest Service investigator looking into the cause of Colorado's largest wildfire testified Tuesday that she doesn't believe a burning letter sparked the fire. Agent Kimberly Jones was testifying in a Denver federal civil case where five insurance companies and several property owners are suing the federal government for more than $7 million because a Forest Service employee was responsible. That employee, Terry Barton, was convicted of starting the 2002 Hayman wildfire and spent nearly six years in a federal prison. When Jones testified that she didn't believe there ever...
  • Tax increases, more logging proposed to rescue counties

    06/24/2008 8:37:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 149+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | June 24, 2008 | Greg Bolt
    With two-thirds of Oregon county governments, including Lane County, facing financial crises, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Monday urged residents to accept modest local property tax increases and more logging on federal forests to help stave off deep cuts in county law enforcement and other critical services. Those steps are just two of 54 recommendations in a task force report delivered to the governor on Monday. Kulongoski commissioned the report last year to address the imminent loss of about $238 million in annual federal timber payments, including $47 million a year to Lane County. The top recommendation was for Oregon...
  • Fire danger brings call for action on Pikes Peak

    04/12/2009 12:48:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 439+ views
    THE GAZETTE ^ | April 10, 2009 | R. SCOTT RAPPOLD
    The U.S. Forest Service wants to thin or burn 25,000 acres of overgrown forest on Pikes Peak and surrounding foothills, areas where fire suppression has created "unnatural forest conditions prime for catastrophic wildlfire," . It would be the largest tree removal project on the peak since 1890s loggers left wide swaths of the mountain bare to meet the demands of Cripple Creek's gold rush. Officials say thinning and burning is needed because a major fire on the peak would pose a threat to the lives and property of the many people who live adjacent to the peak's forests, Colorado Springs'...
  • From beetles to bucks ( capitalism and entrepreneurial zeal )

    06/04/2008 9:01:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 142+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 3, 2008 | Roger Fillion
    Dead lodgepole pines turned into products from pellet fuel to pens. millions of beetle- kill pines in the nearby hills and mountains could explode into a fire ... But locals also realize that using the wood for beetle-kill products is just a start - and not a silver bullet. "There's little stuff going on, but not near what we need," ... But, still, he's grateful. "Small steps lead to big trips," ... Dead and dying lodgepole acreage in Colorado has grown to 1.5 million since the first signs of the mountain pine beetle outbreak in 1996... homes, property and lives...
  • Somber scenes from wildfires

    04/17/2008 8:22:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 93+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 17, 2008 | Kevin Vaughan
    'It was the most destructive thing I've ever seen' . A day later, the sickly sweet smell of fire hung in the air. Tendrils of smoke rose from smoldering piles as the people of this small town got their first clear picture of the fury wrought by a leapfrogging blaze that consumed or heavily damaged two dozen buildings and left two firefighters dead. Greg Korinek stood in silence Wednesday at the corner of Arkansas Avenue and Second Street, staring at a pile of ash and metal - the remnants of the mobile home where he had lived. He had rushed...
  • Keeping home fires burning ( Logging for Bio Mass Fuel )

    11/09/2007 8:31:14 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies · 446+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 9, 2007 | Roger Fillion
    New mill to turn dead trees into pellet fuel. Colorado's first wood-pellet mill owes its birth to pine beetles that are killing millions of trees near the town of Kremmling and across northwest Colorado. The diseased trees will be the new Kremmling mill's chief input - a new twist for the pellet-fuel industry. The 18,000-square-foot plant is billed as the largest west of the Mississippi. It's slated in February to start grinding trees into environmentally friendly pellets for wood-pellet stoves and industrial and commercial pellet boilers. Many of the trees are too skinny or too cracked and old to be...
  • Does fire threat drop as trees fall ?

    11/09/2007 8:08:42 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 78+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | November 8, 2007 | Edward Stoner
    Local foresters predict that up to 90 percent of lodgepole pines will die in some areas near West Vail. Local firefighters say that creates a veritable tenderbox that could easily ignite and spread. Sackbauer was pleased to see lots of work being done near his home this summer to reduce the risk of fire spreading, either from the forest into the neighborhood, or vice versa. workers created a 200- to 300-foot barrier of “defensible space,” a clear-cut area that aims to help stop the spread of fire. The town also hired a six-man “hand crew” to cut trees on town-owned...
  • Lots of logs, not enough loggers

    11/07/2007 1:21:09 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies · 180+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | February 1, 2005 | Cliff Thompson
    When the U.S. Forest Service received no bids on two small timber sales in Eagle County earlier this year, the agency's local rangers encountered what is becoming a problem throughout the intermountain West. The federal agency got a lesson in market economics and the three-way tug of war over lumber in national forests. There were no bidders for the timber "salvage" sales designed to remove trees killed by infesting pine beetles. The Forest Service also wants to sell the dead trees so they won't add extra fuel to wildfires. The glut of dead trees is occurring at a time when...
  • Timber to be burned Wednesday in Vail

    11/07/2007 10:06:28 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 109+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | November 7, 2007
    About 20 piles of downed pine and aspen trees will be burned Wednesday and Thursday ... The trees were cut down this fall by crews building a buffer between the forest and neighborhoods to prevent the spread of wildfires. Once more snow falls, some of the 250 piles of timber remaining on the upper bench of Donovan Park will be burned.
  • Task force talks wildfire lessons

    11/02/2007 8:50:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 38+ views
    summit daily news ^ | November 1, 2007 | LORY POUNDER
    District Ranger Rick Newton shared his recent experience in Southern California ... The wildfires in Southern California demonstrated how effective defensible space, building restrictions that require less flammable materials...said U.S. Forest Service Dillon District Ranger Rick Newton. Currently, the Forest Service has hired contractors who are working to create defensible space by removing trees ... The same is planned for other areas throughout the county, projects which will happen next year. However, the work is costly because of the lack of bulk diesel fuel in the area, the poor market for the trees, hauling and other challenges ... As another...
  • Beetles take big bite out of forests ( 43 percent infested )

    11/29/2006 10:24:12 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 953+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 29, 2006 | Jim Erickson
    The number of Colorado lodgepole pines killed by bark beetles jumped nearly fivefold in 2006 as the explosive, decadelong bug epidemic continues to gain steam. About 4.8 million lodgepoles were killed this year, up from roughly 1 million trees last year, according to Bob Cain, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Golden. The lodgepole acreage under attack by mountain pine beetles jumped about 50 percent this year to 644,840 acres, up from 430,526 acres last year. The new numbers, which are considered preliminary, come from aerial tree-damage surveys conducted this summer. "We had a significant increase in both...
  • Audit faults forest program controls ( Healthy Forests ag Fires )

    10/07/2006 8:02:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Star-Tribune Washington bureau ^ | October 07, 2006 | NOELLE STRAUB
    The U.S. Forest Service has not developed national guidelines to assess the risks communities face from wildfires and is unable to ensure that the most important fire prevention projects are funded first, an independent government audit has found. And while the majority of catastrophic wildfires occur in the West, nearly 58 percent of the total acres treated in fiscal year 2004 were in the southeastern states, the report said. "The Forest Service cannot clearly identify the level of risk to communities from wildfire," it said. "It cannot demonstrate to stakeholders its accomplishments in reducing those risks with the funds provided."...
  • Stubborn Calif. Wildfire Still Burning

    09/27/2006 11:55:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 291+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2006 | JEREMIAH MARQUEZ
    Officials urged residents in rural mountain communities to evacuate as they battled one of California's largest and longest-lasting wildfires. Thick smoke turned the sky gray and purplish Tuesday as flames rolled through pines and juniper trees on slopes of Los Padres National Forest, where more than 3,800 firefighters have battled the blaze since it started on Labor Day. "The problem is we've had extremely dry fuels," fire spokesman Dan Bastion said Wednesday. "Brush and trees will be ignited by the heat of the fire, so there's a domino effect going on." Fire trucks, bulldozers and water tankers guarded homes within...
  • Logging on around Eagle ( Beetle killed trees to prevent fires )

    09/25/2006 8:54:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 567+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 24, 2006 | Corey Reynolds
    Logging trucks are again rumbling through town after a nearly 15-year hiatus. The Forest Service has reopened - or has plans to reopen - numerous drainages south of Eagle Ranch to logging... There are currently two active sales south of Eagle, with another in the works, said Cary Green, the White River National Forest's timber management assistant for the Eagle area. The 60-acre Beecher Gulch salvage timber sale, on Hardscrabble Mountain, sold in 2005, and about 500,000 board feet of timber is currently being harvested... A typical 2,000-square foot, single-family home requires about 27,000 board feet of framing lumber, paneling...
  • Firefighters Fight 60 Wildfires in West

    09/09/2006 7:38:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 434+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2006
    Federal officials on Friday were tracking 60 large, active fires that were burning more than 1 million acres, or more than 1,500 square miles, across the West. The states in the region with the most number of fires included Idaho, Nevada, and Montana, according to the Web site of the Boise-based National Interagency Fire Center, composed of various federal agencies that coordinate to battle wildfires. In Idaho, fires had burned more than 231,000 acres, or 360 square miles, the center reported. State officials toured fire camps to survey the damage -- as well as to tell federal firefighting crews here,...
  • Pine-beetle epidemic heading south ( looking for new trees to destroy )

    08/28/2006 4:39:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 2,456+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | August 27, 2006 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Millions of mountain pine beetles are swarming the Rocky Mountains...looking for new trees to destroy. The Colorado State Forest Service wants residents to help stop the spread of the devastating pest before the Pike and San Isabel national forests take on a brown cast like those in Summit and Grand counties. "It's currently at an epidemic level," ... Dead trees are a sign the forest is unhealthy; they also pose a fire risk. The U.S. Forest Service... Trees are succumbing by the millions. "If the beetle is successful in getting underneath the bark of the tree, mama mates and burrows...
  • Beetle Kill Turns Forest Red, Raises Wildfire Risk

    08/15/2006 8:50:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 2,850+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | Aug 15, 2006 | Paul Day
    Experts and emergency management officials in Grand County worry that a large stretch of forest devastated by pine beetles may be waiting to burn in a massive wildfire. At least a quarter million acres of lodge pole pines are either dead or dying because of the mountain pine beetle. They've turned once green forests into large areas of dead, red colored trees. "Some of these county roads are very thin," Billy Sumerlin, director of Grand County's Natural Resources department said. "It makes it very difficult for fire apparatus to get in, especially if we're in the process of trying to...
  • Death of a forest ( more large fires soon across the West )

    08/08/2006 11:52:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 1,069+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 7, 2006 | Alex Miller
    Experts paint grim picture for local trees, eye future forest.. It seems there’s just not much good news for trees these days... Pine beetles decimating lodgepole pines across the West ...foresters are already looking ahead to what the landscape will look like in the future. “This mature pine forest is a goner,” said Cal Wettstein, district ranger for the Holy Cross and Eagle ranger districts. “We’re focusing on the next forest.” Asked what the future holds...Wettstein said simply “large fires.” Over the next two decades, the beetle-killed trees will shed their needles and their branches, then fall down and contribute...
  • Pine beetle fight intensifying ( To minimize forest fires )

    07/23/2006 9:16:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 2,070+ views
    This ski town has stepped up its campaign to battle pine beetles, which have killed countless trees and threatened others in the surrounding valley and nearby counties. Everyone including residents, local government and giant resort operator Intrawest Corp. has been footing the bill to blunt the bugs’ impact on a swath of the state whose economy depends heavily on its scenic lands. “The situation will get worse. It’s one of those things that grows exponentially each year,”... During a Front Range outbreak in the 1970s, the government launched a $20 million program to control the beetles. But now, perhaps more...
  • Ex-Wildfire Chief Accused of Setting Fires

    11/11/2005 6:48:30 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 540+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 11 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    The former commander of an elite wildfire team that battled the largest blaze in Arizona history and aided in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center is accused of starting two fires last year, federal prosecutors said. Van Bateman, 55, was indicted Wednesday for allegedly setting the fires in the Coconino National Forest in 2004. He faces two federal counts of setting timber afire and two counts of arson on public lands. The first charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, while arson is punishable by up to 20 years, prosecutors said Thursday. Bateman was a Type I...
  • Lost crew was like family: Firefighter deaths in crash hit hard at Roseburg headquarters

    08/26/2003 12:14:34 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 4 replies · 304+ views
    registerguard,com ^ | August 26, 2003 | By Jeff Wright
    ROSEBURG - The phone call was at once awful and familiar for Dale and Carol Ransdell, who learned that their 23-year-old son, Mark, was among the eight firefighters killed when their van smashed into a tractor-trailer and exploded in flames on a remote stretch of Eastern Oregon highway Sunday. Six of the eight victims were from Douglas County, and all eight worked for Roseburg-based First Strike Environmental, a contract firefighting and environmental cleanup company. The news of their deaths stunned co-workers and families - certainly none more so than the Ransdells, whose other son, Michael, died nine years ago...
  • Congressional hearing draws protests, pleas in Flagstaff

    03/09/2003 11:54:53 AM PST · by madfly · 19 replies · 190+ views
    The Daily Courier (Prescott Newspapers) ^ | Mar. 9, 2003 | JOANNA DODDER
    FLAGSTAFF – A familiar Washington, D.C., scene made its way to Flagstaff Friday: People carrying signs protesting Republican federal forest proposals while standing outside a congressional hearing. But alongside them was a more unusual sight: even more people carrying signs to show support for those proposals. Mark Rey, undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, makes a point. They were people from the mountains of Arizona who have seen firsthand the devastation of ponderosa pine forests from catastrophic wildfire – residents of the White Mountains, where the 467,000-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire ran rampant this past...
  • ARIZONA BURNING AGAIN! Pack Rat and Trick Fires

    08/27/2002 8:44:22 AM PDT · by madfly · 64 replies · 1,099+ views
    Southwest Area Wildland Fire Operations ^ | Aug. 27, 2002 | Fire Management Team
    Last Update:8:30 a.m. (MDT); August 27, 2002   Six fires reported for yesterday.  Three fires reported by the State of Arizona, two fires on Santa Fe NF, and one fire on Fort Apache Reservation.  One new large fire (i.e. fires >100 acres), LAKES FIRE on Santa Fe NF.   ARIZONAPACK RAT FIRE, located along the Mogollon Rim, 15 miles north of Payson, AZ, is now over 1,210 acres.  Burning in mixed conifer and chaparral on Coconino and Tonto National Forest's, the fire became very active yesterday with increased torching, spotting, and upslope runs.  A number of spot fires were found across...
  • Timber Tom the Hypocrite

    08/06/2002 9:38:51 PM PDT · by joyce11111 · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Free Market Environmentalism | 08/05/2002 | Linda Platts
    Timber Tom the Hypocrite By Linda Platts 08/05/2002 TCS Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle brings many skills to his job, including one few of us knew he possessed—that of professional land manager. Last week, he quietly attached an amendment allowing timber sales and fire-prevention treatment in his home state of South Dakota to a bill concerning terrorist attacks. With wildfires raging through many western forests this summer, Daschle is determined to protect the tourist-rich Black Hills National Forest. Using a clever trade-off, he calls for 3,500 acres to be added to a wilderness area, and then clearly stipulates thinning and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 30 Mile Fire...Remembered (my title)

    06/26/2002 4:54:22 PM PDT · by joyce11111 · 12 replies · 1,095+ views
    Yakima Herald-Tribune | June, 2001
    Today is for mourning. Wednesday was for shock. Four young lives, three from Yakima and one from Ellensburg, were claimed by the Thirtymile Fire near Winthrop. The four were part of a 21-member fire crew that was caught in a valley in the middle of the blaze. Four other firefighters were injured, including one Yakima man who is hospitalized in serious condition. Families were notified in the early hours of Wednesday. Their grief spread as word of the deaths circulated. Two teen-agers with college aspirations. A 21-year-old who wanted to be an engineer. A 30-year-old football hero and father of...
  • Survivors unhappy with Forest Service memorial (Thirty Mile fire)

    06/14/2002 4:30:05 PM PDT · by Glutton · 7 replies · 220+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 14 June 02 | AP
    WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - The wording on a U.S. Forest Service memorial to four firefighters who died in the Thirty Mile fire last summer is unpopular with some surviving family members. ``One of the things we're having trouble with is, the Forest Service is making these kids look like heroes,'' said Barbara Weaver, the mother of Devin Weaver, one of the firefighters killed July 10. ``Their lives were taken from them. They were not out there trying to save somebody's life.'' ``They were led down a dead-end road and sat there to do nothing - that's the story,'' Weaver told...