Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Happy Camp Complex Hits 57,000 Acres — August 30, 2014
  2. Pot Law Unlikely to Cause DUII’s — August 29, 2014
  3. Klamath Shooting Suspects in Court — August 29, 2014
  4. New Details Emerge in Officer Shooting — August 28, 2014
  5. Shelters React to Animal Abuse Law — August 23, 2014

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National Guard Arrives at July Complex

NEAR ETNA, Cal. – Conditions on the July Complex have forced the National Guard to send ground crews to Northern California for the first time in six years. The National Guard unit arrived at fire camp on Saturday. While it isn’t uncommon to see National Guard air resources on local fires, officers say the ground … Continue reading »

Local Fire Crews Prepare for Lightning

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The red flag warning throughout the area has local fire districts preparing for lightning-caused fires. But while agencies across the area typically cooperate if a situation calls for it, some districts are staffing extra knowing that other fires are keeping crews busy. Fire District 3 is one of the districts bring … Continue reading »

Vintage Fair Celebrates Big Year

MEDFORD, Ore. – The vintage fair has wrapped up after celebrating its third year, and organizers say this year’s event was even bigger than they could have expected. About 1,100 people came to the Barnstormer Farm on opening night alone. The fair offered about 38 different vendors selling antiques, home goods, and food and drink. … Continue reading »

Meager Harvest for Local Vineyards

ASHLAND, Ore. –  Local winemakers are preparing for a meager harvest this year after losing much of their fruit. Winemakers in the valley say a combination of winter freeze from back in December and spring hail caused irreparable damage to many of their grapes. While some lost only a few, other winemakers had to abandon … Continue reading »

July Complex at Critical Point

  NEAR ETNA, Cal. – Danny Breuklander winds his ATV up the logging roads near Mill Creek. The lone member of the Texas Canyon Hotshots keeps an eye up to the sky and an ear on the radio. The rest of his team is further up the hill hoping for a helicopter drop. It’s up … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Lined Despite Spotty Storms

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Hand crews and bulldozers sift through ash and burning logs under clear skies at Parker Mountain. The stormy weather has already come and gone, and within a few hours it’s already onto mop-up duty. The 7-10 acre fire, just north of the main body of the Oregon Gulch fire, is one … Continue reading »

Red Cross Scouting Greensprings Shelters

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Red Cross volunteers are posting up in the Greensprings area to advise residents for possible evacuation, and to scope out shelters. Two volunteers were called out to the area near the Greensprings Inn Monday morning in response to the growing threat of the Oregon Gulch fire. In addition to setting up … Continue reading »

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 »

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