Forest Service officials are asking for the public’s help to prevent human-caused wildfires this Labor Day weekend. Each year, fire officials told Salem News Journal, that they see a spike in human-caused wildfires around the Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend, most often from unattended campfires, fireworks, dragging tow chains, driving on dry grass, and dumping of hot ashes and BBQ coals.
Nearly 300 wildland firefighters and instructors will convene in Sweet Home next week to take part in the annual five day Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School. Officials from State, Federal, and Tribal agencies host this training to prepare new firefighters for the demands of firefighting in Oregon's forests and rural-urban interface areas.
The Oregon Department of Forestry shared its web-based Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer tool to the Public Utilities Commission this week in an effort to reduce the number of wildfires started by power lines.
Friday at approximately 5:15 am, Marion County Fire District responded to a house fire in the 4300 block of Munkers St SE, Salem.
Shortly before 11:00 pm Thursday night a fire broke out in a carport along the 3000 block of Surfwood Dr NE in Salem. First arriving crews found a carport fully involved with fire.
A house fire which started in a converted garage, and spread to the main home sent one woman to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The first arriving unit reported fire and smoke from the garage and one apparent victim down in the yard.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal has sent 10 strike teams south to assist with the wildfires in California. They are actively engaged in a 24-hour work cycle protecting homes and other structures.
A Silverton resident has his dog to thank for his life after a house fire Thursday morning. the first arriving unit found fire coming from the doors and windows catching nearby trees on fire in the 4300 block of Silver Falls Hwy.