Disasters & Accidents

The National Interagency Fire Center has now labeled the Chetco Bar Fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Brookings, Oregon, the "top priority fire" in the country. 

The fire is burning 98,000 acres and is 0 percent contained.

Firefighting resources are thin nationwide, and the "top priority" designation gives fire officials a better chance of getting the additional resources they need when they ask for it. 

More than 1,000 personnel were battling the blaze as of Wednesday morning.

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Among the countless millions of people who viewed yesterday’s solar eclipse, were firefighters across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, suppression efforts in Oregon were actually helped by the event. 

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Millions of people are expected to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, and many will opt to watch from the Oregon Coast.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials urge caution near the ocean.  

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Tens of Thousands of people have to change their plans for next Monday’s solar eclipse because wildfire has closed some prime viewing sites in the Willamette National Forest.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, crews are tackling 15 wildfires across Oregon.   That’s according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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An animal safety group has donated some special kits to the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re to ensure pets are cared for at disaster scenes. 

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With record high temperatures and low relative humidity, fire weather conditions have worsened in the Willamette National Forest. Officials have banned campfires effective Saturday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday as wildfire danger increased across the state.

Rising temperatures, high winds and dry conditions are likely to persist through at least the remainder of the week, creating a high chance of wildfires spreading across Oregon.

"As Oregon faces a near record-breaking heatwave, the threat of wildfires increases," Brown said in a statement.

Red flag warnings were issued across the state this week, as temperatures in the Willamette Valley crested 100 degrees in many places.

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Six wildfires are currently burning away in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, fire officials want people to be extra careful given some changing factors.

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A utility company says a dead tree that fell on power lines appears to have caused a brush fire near Oakridge that destroyed a trailer and shut down lanes of Highway 58 for several hours before it was contained.

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