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As a cold front passes through the area, temperatures will drop a bit, but the main concerns will focus around falling humidity and gusty winds.  Since the winds will be shifting behind the cold front, a dry wind from the northeast will be blowing Wednesday and Thursday.  All of these issues combine to create fire weather issues in the next few days.

Following the cold front, relative humidity will drop to between 10 and 20 percent during the daytime, rebounding to 30 and 40 percent at night as the temperatures cool.  Winds will also be gusting up to 30 miles per hour, with sustained wind speeds between 10 and 20 miles per hour form the northeast.  Because of this, a fire weather warning is in effect through Wednesday evening for portions of Del Norte and western Siskiyou County, as well as western Klamath, Josephine, and eastern Curry Counties.  Afterwards, a fire weather watch goes into effect Wednesday night and Thursday for most of Jackson and eastern Douglas County.

The cool down on Wednesday will be short-lived, as temperatures quickly rebound into the 90′s on Thursday.  By Friday and Saturday, afternoon highs will be about ten degrees above average – in the upper 90′s.  Another cold front is set to move through by the beginning of next week, but in the meantime, it’s definitely still feeling like late summer.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

9-2 KASEY PICSHAPPY CAMP, Ore.– The fire burning at the Happy Camp Complex jumped the Klamath River and is within just a couple miles of hundreds of homes.

Fire officials said they expected fire activity to get worse with increasing winds and dry fuels. Now their mission is to protect the 695 homes people are living in, and about another 100 other structures.

There are new mandatory evacuation orders in place, effective 6p.m., Tuesday. The following areas are included in the order: Areas on the Northside of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Seiad Creek Road, this also includes areas south of “Johnny O’Neil Ridge and East of Seiad Creek Road. This is addition to the orders put in place a couple days ago.

Highway 96 is currently closed from Scott River Road to Seiad.

Officials said, Once you leave, you may not be able to reenter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed.

A shelter has been established by the Office of Emergency Services, at Winema Hall, Siskiyou County Fairgrounds,Yreka. Domestic pets will be allowed at the shelter. If you are in need of assistance with livestock please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 841-2900.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The new Rogue Valley Commuter Line is revving up, and today was its first day on the road.  This is a new bus route that runs from Medford to Grants Pass.

It uses the Josephine County Transit buses, and there will be a total of 10 stops offered a day.  The extended route can also pick people up in Rogue River and Gold Hill upon request.

The line, with transfers, now stretches 70 miles, allowing people to take mass transit from Cave Junction to Ashland. The new route was paid for with grant money from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Fund, and is set to be in place for three years.

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MEDFORD, Ore. –  Tuesday was the first day back to school for many kids, and along with more school buses on the roads, there were more police as well.

Starting Tuesday, the 20-mile-per-hour speed limit in school zones across the valley are being enforced.  Medford police have six officers who are assigned to patrol school zones every morning and afternoon.

During the first week of school, Sgt. Don Lane said several citations go out to those who just are not aware of the speed limit change, but a few weeks into the school year, is when they start to see people get frustrated.

“They will start going too fast or tail gating or not letting the pedestrians cross all the way across or they are just not paying attention sometimes,” said Sgt. Lane.

Police do want to remind people about school bus safety too. Unless there is a median in between you and the bus, you must stop regardless of how many lanes of traffic there are.

Officers are also looking for those who are using their cell phones behind the wheel. Texting or talking on your phone while driving is illegal unless you are using a Bluetooth or a hands-free device.

SUPERINTENDENTMEDFORD, Ore. –  Tuesday marked the first day of school for hundreds of kids in the Rogue Valley.  It was also Dr. Brian Shumate’s first official day as superintendent of the Medford School District.

He spent the day visiting several local schools, where he was meeting teachers, principals, and students.   Shumate said he plans on paying visits to all 19 schools in the district by the end of the week.

“I need to be seen, I am the leader of the district, so I understand the first day of school and all the things that go into getting ready, and I want to get out amongst teachers, staff and principals and see how things were going,” said Shumate.

Shumate said his primary focus right now is leadership, making sure his teachers are leading their classrooms, and the students are being upstanding citizens, while creating an atmosphere of respect and good rapport.

One of his main goals is to increase the graduation rate to 80 percent by 2017.

Fire StockKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded to a house fire Monday with four engines in the 600 block of High St. in Klamath Falls. Fire crews found a 276 square foot home with smoke and flames coming from the front door and window. 23-year old Nathaniel Raphael Immanuel Carrasco-Monaco said he was asleep when the fire started and woke up because of the smoke. 

He told fire crews that smoke and flames were blocking the only exit door, so he escaped through the window. He was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the flames. Klamath County Fire District No. 1 has asked for assistance from the Klamath Falls Police Department to help determine the circumstances that led to the fire.

The home was built in 1906 and received heavy fire and smoke damage throughout.  The occupants have been offered assistance through the American Red Cross.  There were no injuries to firefighters. Mr. Carrasco-Monaco’s wife and sister-in-law who also reside in the home were not present at the time of the fire.

Fire crews that the estimated loss between the structure and content inside was $29,000.

cnn ebola(CNN) — The Ebola epidemic is worse than thought and spiraling out of control. That’s the warning from the man in charge of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden. More than 3,000 cases are confirmed and about half of the infected people have died.

“The bottom line is despite tremendous efforts from U.S. government, from CDC, from within countries, the number of cases continues to increase and is now increasing rapidly,” said Frieden with the CDC. “I’m afraid that over the next few weeks those numbers are likely to increase further and significantly.”

On Tuesday it was revealed that another American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The doctor was working in Monrovia and is receiving treatment there.

Human trials for the Ebola vaccine start this week. It’s being tested on three healthy volunteers at the National Institute of Health in Maryland.

If deemed safe, the vaccine will be given to another small group of adults.

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Medford, Ore. — The painted lady runner bean has been an American favorite for well over a century.  The plant produces beautiful vines with bright scarlet and white blooms.  After that you get pods filled with pinkish-brown streaked beans.

For more information about the plant, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment.

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cnn sotloff(CNN) — The ISIS militant group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. He had been in captivity for more than a year.

On the video, Sotloff is shown speaking to the camera before he is killed, saying he is “Paying the price” for U.S. intervention. The video also threatens the life of British captive David Haines.

Sotloff disappeared while reporting from Syria in August 2013. But his family kept the news secret, fearing harm to him if they went public.

Sotloff appeared last month in an ISIS video showing the decapitation of another American journalist, James Foley.

The militant in the video warned that Sotloff’s fate depended on what President Barack Obama did next in Iraq.

Last week, Sotloff’s mother released a video pleading for mercy from his captors.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — According to the official statement released by the two companies, 1-800 will acquire Harry and David for nearly $150 million.

The deal includes Harry and David’s brands and websites. Also included are the Harry and David headquarters, 47 retail stores, and the Medford manufacturing and distribution centers, as well as Medford orchards. The statement highlights the fact Harry and David’s senior management team will remain with the business. C.E.O. Jim McCann is quoted as saying the deal provides revenue growth opportunities and will push total annual revenue past one billion dollars. McCann stated Harry and David had a revenue of nearly $400 million in its most recently reported fiscal year.

C.E.O. of Harry and David, Craig Johnson, stated joining forces will allow them access to enhanced resources and a global presence.

Local economic development experts said the move allows for a combined reach to potential customers.

“Each of them, I’m sure, have a  substantial book of customers, people  who have purchased from them either  annually or at one point in time and the  opportunity to sort of leverage across  those product lines I think would be  tremendous,” said S.O.R.E.D.I. Executive Director Ron Fox.

Harry & David employees said they got out early Tuesday because of a meeting held in the afternoon. Employees said the move was a surprise to them. Although the deal was announced Tuesday, it is not expected to be official until it closes in October.

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