Disasters & Accidents

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Beginning Friday, the Umpqua National Forest -and lands under the Douglas Forest Protective Association- will be at Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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People troubled by the destruction and suffering caused by the Chetco Bar Fire in southwestern Oregon -- and Hurricane Harvey in Texas -- can help. 

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50 miles east of Roseburg, the Umpqua North Complex has burned about 21,000 acres.  It’s a large and difficult series of fires for crews to battle.  

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Southwest of Roseburg, crews continue to fight the Horse Prairie Fire, which has burned more than 2,500 acres.  This afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation notice for residents in the Riddle community near Lower Cow Creek. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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Roughly 20 wildfires are burning across Oregon, including the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings, which has destroyed more than 117,000 acres.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the fire remains uncontained.  

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Hot and dry conditions are adding to the challenges firefighters are facing as they battle 23 active wildfires throughout Oregon, and wildfire smoke has caused air quality conditions to deteriorate.

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Low-income Oregonians who’ve had their home destroyed by wildfires might be able to get financial help.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Retirees Ford and Monica Williams were getting ready for a quiet Sunday night at home when they saw their neighbors packing up to leave.

“At 6 p.m. our neighbors were leaving. We did not get an alert, so when they said they were leaving, then we packed up and left at 7 because we thought we better get out," Monica Williams said. "Plus it was really eerie.”

 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 99,944 acres, approaching designation as a 'megafire' -- defined by the The National Interagency Fire Center as a fire burning at least 100,000 acres. The fire 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.

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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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