2021 wildfires

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The first soaking rain of the season is predicted to arrive in western Oregon later this week.


Karen Richards

Many of us are still dealing with poor air quality this week. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an alert through Thursday afternoon for Central and Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley.



Umpqua National Forest

If you’re heading out into the woods this Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Forest Service urges you to plan ahead.


Douglas Forest Protective Association

Officials say the Skyline Ridge Complex of fires in southern Douglas County is 100% contained. The complex of 19 lightning-caused fires started on August 1st and burned more than 57-hundred acres.



The Bull Complex Fire east of Salem is still growing, but so far weather conditions mean the blaze isn’t threatening the Santiam Canyon communities that were devastated by wildfire a year ago.


Douglas Forest Protective Association

Three fire calls kept crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments busy throughout the day Saturday.


Warming temperatures and increasing winds have caused the Bull Complex east of Salem to expand roughly 300 acres. 


A firefighter was killed Monday while working on the Gales Fire within the Middle Fork Complex north of Oakridge.

Willamette National Forest

While crews are mopping up and increasingly containing the Knoll Fire just east of McKenzie Bridge, parts of the affected area will be closed for a year, perhaps longer. 

Eugene Springfield Fire

Eugene Springfield Fire crews, with assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry, contained a fast-moving grass fire in West Eugene Sunday evening.

The fire was in the area of West 18th from Bertelsen to Willow Creek Rd. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fire managers with the Middle Fork Complex and Knoll Fire will hold a Virtual Community Briefing Monday at 6:30 p.m. The incident management team will provide a status update of the ongoing containment efforts for those fires burning on the Willamette National Forest.

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After days of triple-digit highs, slightly cooler temperatures are giving firefighters across the Pacific Northwest a reprieve.  But many challenges still face crews this weekend.

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Most of Oregon is under an air quality advisory between now through at least noon, Monday. 

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With roughly 20 wildfires burning across Oregon, many people are concerned about their effects on wildlife.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens of wildfires are actively burning across the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon. Crews are not only battling the fires, but scorching, triple-digit heat and smoke in many areas.

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Fire officials are warning the public to take extra care over the next few days to not add to extreme fire danger brought on by high temperatures and forecast lightning.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Across Oregon, fire crews are working under a red flag warning today and Friday due to searing triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions.

Lane County

With Lane County facing multiple wildfires and another heatwave, officials are urging residents to take precautions and review safety plans.


The Knoll Fire in the McKenzie River Corridor has grown, but a forestr official says that’s the plan.


The Middle Fork Complex fires in eastern Lane County continue to be active. Fire managers announced new evacuation notices Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Recreational fires, including those in backyard fire pits, will be banned throughout Lincoln County starting Friday, August 13.


Additional Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation orders were issued Sunday for areas near fires burning north of Oakridge and in Douglas County.


Officials with the Skyline Ridge Complex of fires in Douglas County say three of the fires continue to grow, while most of the other fires are being described as “more stable.”

Oregon Wildfire Updates

Aug 6, 2021

Multiple wildfires are burning across the state. Here's a look at some recent updates on size, containment, closures, evacuations, and firefighters efforts to contain the fires.

Douglas County


Douglas County has issued a temporary ban on open fires at inland county parks and campgrounds. The decision was made due to the current extreme fire risk in the area. The recent barrage of new wildfire upstarts, including the Skyline Ridge Complex, has increased concerns for the safety of residents and visitors.

Office of Emergency Management

UPDATED 8/3/21 at 9:45 a.m.: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has updated their evacuation notices for areas around the Wildcat Fire east of Azalea.

The following homes are now under a Level 3 “GO!” Evacuation Notice

Willamette National Forest

An emergency closure has been issued for areas around the Middle Fork Complex of fires north of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest.

Middle Fork Complex Facebook

Level 3 evacuations remain in place in areas near one of the fires that make up the Middle Fork Complex east of Lowell.

Middle Fork Complex Facebook

Level 3 -Go Now!- evacuation orders were issued Saturday in the area of the Middle Fork Complex of fires east of Lowell on the Willamette National Forest.

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Forest officials are urging outdoor recreationists to abide by all fire restrictions, or they may find lots of their favorite areas in Oregon off-limits.