Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Structural Protection in Place for Homes — August 13, 2014
  2. Fire Camp Returns to TouVelle — August 13, 2014
  3. Suicide on the Rise, But Help is There — August 12, 2014
  4. National Guard Arrives at July Complex — August 11, 2014
  5. Local Fire Crews Prepare for Lightning — August 10, 2014

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Fire Safety Officers Issue Heat Warning

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – In addition to battling the fire itself, crews on the Oregon Gulch fire have been having serious issues battling heat exhaustion. On Sunday alone, three firefighters had to be taken away from the lines — one of whom was airlifted away after going into shock. That prompted safety officers to issue … Continue reading »

Threatened Homes Hard to Estimate

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – The State Fire Marshall’s Office estimates the Beaver Complex is threatening 270 homes between Southern Oregon and Northern California, along with 50 other outbuildings. But the Jackson County Sheriff’s office clarified those homes are defined as structures with a certain property value, meaning it isn’t clear how many people are actually … Continue reading »

Incoming Storm Worries Fire Crews

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Firefighters got a brief stroke of luck heading into Monday morning. After days of explosive growth, calm winds and overcast skies kept the Oregon Gulch fire to 36,568 acres. That’s a scant few thousand acres of growth from the day before, given the way the fire had been spreading. But officers … Continue reading »

Salt Creek Fire Closer to Containment

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – While the Oregon Gulch fire continues to grow, crews are reporting good news on the other end of the Beaver Complex. Officials at the Salt Creek fire say they’re getting closer to containment by the day, allowing them to slowly shift to a one-front battle. Right now the Salt Creek fire … Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion Plagues Firefighters

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As if the fires themselves weren’t enough to keep crews on their toes, fire officials say the heat and dry conditions are putting unusual strain on them this year. In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be evacuated to the hospital because of heat … Continue reading »

Pinehurst Inn Remains Open During Fire

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Despite the Oregon Gulch Fire being just a few miles away, owners of the Pinehurst Inn say they’ll continue to stay open and operate as a rest stop for visitors and fire personnel. Thick clouds of smoke could be seen over a ridge next to the inn, right off Highway 66. … Continue reading »

Ashland Fire Urges Evacuation Planning

ASHLAND, Ore. – In light of stormy conditions and numerous fire starts in the area, Ashland Fire & Rescue is advising all residents to prepare for evacuation, even those who don’t live near any of the areas being affected. Spokespeople with the department say those who wait until an evacuation notice is issued often forget important items. … Continue reading »

Ashland Park Director Search Hits Snag

ASHLAND, Ore. – Ashland Parks & Recreation has hit a snag in the search for a new director after one of their top candidates turned down the job. The department has been looking for a replacement director for most of the summer after current director Don Robertson announced his retirement. Over the weekend it looked … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … Continue reading »

Ashland Rental Battle Moves on Slowly

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fight over vacation rentals in Ashland continues despite what would-be hosts say have been some unexpected delays. A group called “The Hosts” in Ashland recently got the city council’s attention, calling for the drafting of an ordinance that would loosen restrictions on short-term vacation rentals in designated R-1 zones. Originally the … Continue reading »

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