Local History

Crawlies with Cri: Clark’s nutcracker and whitebark pine

Clark’s nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) and whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) (Photos by Christy Solo for the Illinois Valley News) In honor of the whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) receiving endangered species status Dec. 14, this week we’ll revisit the whitebarks’ keystone species; Clark’s nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana).If you’ve ever been to Crater Lake,[Read More…]

Biscuit Fire anniversary

Biscuit Fire still baking at nearly 472,000 acres; cost at $84.5 mil.; 6,607 people Sherri HopperIVN Contributing Writer More than a month after the lightning strikes that marked the beginning of what would grow to become the 471,087-acre Biscuit Fire, the conflagration continues to claim additional acreage of the forest.The[Read More…]

Biscuit Fire Anniversary

Blaze that began near valley believed largest in Oregon recorded in history Sherri Hopper – IVN Now the largest fire in Oregon’s recorded history, the fire that started on July 13 as five smaller lightning-caused fires has evolved into one 378,865-acre blaze that continues to pose a threat to a[Read More…]

Biscuit Fire Anniversary

Biscuit Fire – Originally ran in Aug. 7, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley NewsFire dragon starts to run, but danger lurks: I.V. blesses, thanks firefighters by Sherri Hopper A week after the Tuesday, July 30 public meeting during which fire officials stood before residents of Illinois Valley and requested[Read More…]

Biscuit Fire Anniversary

July 31, 2002 – I.V. News All valley on a 30-minute evacuation notice due to ‘uncontrollable fire’ By Sherri Hopper Now in its third week, the fires that comprise the Biscuit Complex continue to grow, having already displaced a number of residents and posing a threat to the entire Illinois[Read More…]

Biscuit Fire Anniversary

Starting July 27, the Illinois Valley News will publish stories from the Biscuit Fire 20 years ago until the date it was extinguished. July 17, 2002 – IV News Remote wildfires bring hazy days to the valley, as forest service considers battle planning. By Bob RodriguezHazy skies in Illinois Valley[Read More…]

Biscuit Fire continues

Fire efforts take shape with establishment of fire campManagement team evaluates situation; no evacuations This Biscuit Fire story ran in the July 24, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News By Sherri Hopper Fires that initially started on July 13 as a lightning storm passed through the area are still[Read More…]