happy camphappy camphappy camp00000002HAPPY CAMP, Cal. – Due to increased fire activity of the Happy Camp Complex the northeast, the Siskiyou County Sheriff is issuing Advisory Evacuations to residents in all areas of Mill Creek Road 5 miles east of Scott River Rd.  Residents should be prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen.

An evacuation center has been established at Happy Camp Karuk Tribal Community Center, 2nd Ave. and Headway Rd, Happy Camp CA. Small animals will be accommodated at the Center. Large animal transport can be arranged through the Sheriff’s Posse. Contact Jodi Aceves, (530) 340-2422 to arrange transport. For additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900.happy camp


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[UPDATE 8:57p.m.] As of 8:45p.m Monday, level one evacuation advisories remain for the area surrounding the Onion Mountain Fire. Fire officials said there is a scam going around where people claim mandatory evacuations are in effect. They said no homes are being evacuated right now. The only advisories in place are the ones listed below.

[UPDATE 1:16 P.M] There is a new evacuation advisory in the area near the Onion Mountain Fire. All of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west is now being added to the list. This is in addition to the ones listed below.

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– The Onion Mountain Fire burning near Grants Pass, West of the Onion Mountain Lookout, tripled overnight. It is now burning 1,954 acres. The fire was first reported Saturday Morning at about 20 acres. By Sunday night it was around 500.

A fire camp is being set up at the Sprague Seed Orchard in Merlin. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has also called level one evacuations for areas near the fire.

This includes:

1. The entire Pickett Creek area, including Pickett Creek Rd, West Pickett Creek Rd and all roads off of those. Everything North of the Robertson Bridge on the West side of the Rogue River.

2. All of the Shan Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the west.

3. Riverbanks Rd. from Limpy Creek Rd. to the Robertson Bridge.

4. All of Taylor Creek Rd. (FS25 Rd) road system from Galice Road, including connection to the 2509 Road that enters Hwy. 199 at the top of Hayes Hill.

Rural Metro Fire said it’s helping the incident management team with the fight. Fire officials said they are working on providing protection to homes and buildings throughout the area.


There’s no word on a cause for the fire at this point. It is also at zero percent containment.


9-15 rob web gold hillGOLD HILL, Ore. — Just after 7:00pm Monday, Gold Hill residents pitched in to help put out a fire started in tall grass behind a storage unit. Neighbors said they saw the fire and immediately called 911, grabbed shovels and garden hoses and did the best they could to fight the fire. One neighbors said he had only dug fire lines once before and had to take several breaks because of the heat and the smoke.

“These neighbors over here brought their hoses but they weren’t quite long enough to get to the building. They connected more and got to it but by that time, the fire department was able to put the storage unit out,” said Ed Kahut who helped put the fire out with his shovel.

Fire crews arrived and quickly got the fire under control. Ultimately a quarter acre of dry grass burned and a single storage unit suffered some damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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As a trough of low pressure approached the Northwest, winds picked up throughout Monday afternoon.  One weather station near Weed reported a gust of 39 miles per hour, and when a fire began near that city, it grew quickly.  Fueled by the gusty southerly winds and very low humidity, the Boles Fire prompted numerous evacuations throughout the evening.  In addition, the Happy Camp Complex continues to burn in western Siskiyou County and the Onion Mountain fire is still burning in north central Josephine County, among other fires throughout the region.

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The Boles Fire, burning near Weed Monday afternoon.

Fire weather is the top concern in the immediate future, and a fire weather warning has been issued for the first part of the overnight hours to account for the gusting winds and low humidity.  Along Interstate 5 from Weed northward through Yreka, the fire weather warning is in effect until 9 PM due to winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and relative humidity values between 10 and 20 percent.  Winds will still be breezy throughout the night, but will subside a bit by early tomorrow morning.

Be expecting gusty conditions to return to northern California and the Klamath Basin for Tuesday afternoon.  Gusts up to 35 miles per hour are in the forecast for Siskiyou County, and winds in the Klamath Basin will be up to 25 miles per hour.  Rain chances are in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon and through the day Thursday, but with that comes the chance for lightning strikes.  Fortunately, temperatures will cool in conjunction with the frontal passage mid-week.

For more information, or to send me your weather pictures, head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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[UPDATE 11:31 P.M.] Cal Fire Public Information Officer Suzi Brady said Monday night that all evacuation notices have been lifted except those in the Carrick Subdivision and Hoy Rd.

[UPDATE 9:30P.M.] As of 8:45p.m, Cal Fire is reporting the Weed fire is now 350 acres with 15% containment.

[UPDATE 8:21P.M] Evacuation orders have been lifted for Lake Shastina communities.

WEED, Calif.– At least 100 homes were either damaged or completely destroyed so far because of the fire burning in Weed.  Several other structures are also destroyed. This includes at least one church and other large buildings.

The fire began around 2:15 as a vegetation fire in the Boles Creek area and has spread to more than 300 acres. There are several resources from other areas coming in, including Sacramento.


The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s office said at least two-thousand people are being evacuated right now.

This includes the downtown area of Weed-North, and the communities of Carrick, and Lake Shastina. The Sheriff’s Office says the communities surrounding Weed are under evacuation advisories.

Evacuation Centers are set up at Yreka and Mount Shasta High School.

Evacuees from the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds are being relocated to Yreka High School.


I-5 and Hwy 97 is closed in the Weed area.

1-5 Southbound is now open, but traffic is slow.

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Updated at 5:25 PM with phone interview with Suzi Brady of Cal Fire

WEED, Calif., — A rapidly spreading wildfire is forcing immediate evacuations in Weed and the communities of Carrick and Lake Shastina. The fire began around 2:15 as a vegetation fire in the Boles Creek area and has spread to more than 300 acres. 100 structures have been confirmed as either damaged or destroyed and more than 1,000 more structures are threatened. Resources have been called in from as far away as Sacramento and include helicopters, air tankers and VLATs. Evacuation centers have been established at the fairgrounds in Yreka. Highway 97 from Weed to A12 is closed, as well as I-5 Southbound from Yreka to Weed.

3-25 jbo marijuanaMEDFORD, Ore. — Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for a speed violation. Upon contacting the car’s two occupants, they were identified as driver RORY GENE WOMACH, age 30, from Grandview, Washington, and passenger JUAN NAVARRO RAMIREZ, age 25, from Yakima, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.

WOMACH and RAMIREZ were arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office jail website, neither suspect is listed in custody at this time.

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Medford, Ore. — There are growing concerns as a rare virus spreads across the country, even sending some children to the hospital.  Enterovirus D68 has been reported in the Midwest, with unconfirmed reports in Idaho.  However, local doctors said it is not reason for panic, saying it is like the common cold.

Dr. Barbara Sibley with Southern Oregon Pediatrics said, “Just like the average cold, some people are barely sick, some people are kind of sick and some people get really sick.”

She said the concern with this virus is that some younger children are getting more sick than doctors expect.  Those with breathing problems, like a history of wheezing or asthma, have the most trouble.  She said parents should started to worry when children are coughing harder, if they’re dehydrated, or if they’re having breathing trouble.  Of course, you can call your doctor.

Enterovirus D68 has not been reported in Oregon yet.

missing girl

[UPDATE 11:56A.M.] Klamath Police said the girl reported missing Sunday night has been found and is no longer in danger.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.– Police are looking for a girl they say was reported missing, Sunday.

Gianna Renee Tenio is a 13 year old female. She is said to be 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium to large build. She has long brown hair with blonde streaks.

Police said she was last seen wearing a gray and white tank top and black pants. Her pants possibly have blue paint streaks on the rear pockets. Police say she was also possibly wearing black ankle high combat style boots.

Anyone who may have any information on her whereabouts are asked to contact them at 541-883-5336 or the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334.


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[UPDATE 10:43A.M.] Central Point Police said they got a trespassing report about 6:30a.m., Monday morning. They said the person living at a home on First St. jumped in his truck and followed the accused trespasser when they tried to run away. Police said the driver of the truck hit the man on foot, causing critical injuries. There is no word on charges for either party just yet. Jackson County and Central Point Law Enforcement are still investigating. Tune into Newswatch 12 at 11:00a.m, where we will be live with the latest.

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Police are on the scene of a truck crashed into the Grange Co-op’s fence.  Initial reports indicate it the driver was being pursued by a homeowner, after trying to break into that person’s house. NewsWatch 12 has a reporter at the scene and we will bring you more information as soon as it’s available.

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