Second Round of Storms Later Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION Our first round of storms on Tuesday led to a pretty active afternoon. Lightning was striking over Southern Jackson County, along and east of the Cascades, and over Siskiyou County. Storms over the Rogue Valley traveled in from Northern California and a similar set up is likely today. In fact, today could … Continue reading »

ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

CENTRAL POINT, Ore –Oregon Department of Forestry Dispatch center tracks the lightning storms all over Southern Oregon and Northern California from a room in Central Point. Dispatchers use a variety of computer weather programs to plot and map the strikes. That information is used to compare to strikes and fires seen by field teams, lookouts, and those … Continue reading »

Three Mustangs Reflect on Journey

MEDFORD, Ore. -  Two years ago, Ashland’s Steen Fredrickson and North Medford’s Colton Westfall were coming off their freshman years. Coming off his sophomore year was Cascade Christian’s Isaiah Luzny. Fredrickson was a flame thrower with a sharp curve, Westfall a horse that could get you out with several different pitches and Luzny a crafty lefty … Continue reading »

Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

[UPDATE: 6:52p.m.] South Central Oregon Fire Management leaders said fire crews are being pulled off the fire lines because of lighting. They said as soon as the situation becomes safe again, the crews will move back in. Fire Management officials said they don’t expect it to grow too much more at this time. There is … Continue reading »

Crews Battling Reeves Creek Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Crews continued to battle a large wildfire burning near Lake Selmac on Tuesday, but told homeowners to be ready to leave if the situation gets worse. The Reeves Creek Fire was first reported Monday night, and has burned about 230 acres in an area near Reeves Creek Road and Highway 199. No … Continue reading »

First Round of Storms Expected Today

  WEATHER DISCUSSION A very active weather pattern will settle into the West today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop every afternoon through early next week …at least the way things are looking now. A ridge of high pressure positioned over the Desert Southwest, plus an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska, will … Continue reading »

Reeves Creek Fire Burns Nearly 250 Acres

(UPDATE 7:25 A.M.): Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter. (UPDATE 11:53 P.M.): Fire officials now estimate the fire to be 120 acres … Continue reading »

Medford Rogue Documents Summer

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Ryan Teel is in his second season with the Medford Rogues, which makes him a seasoned veteran by West Coast League standards, but Teel’s contribution to the Rogues extends beyond the baseball field.  Medford Rogues catcher Ryan Teel cares a lot about hits, not just the hits he gets at the plate but … 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 »

C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support

MEDFORD, Ore. – An animal shelter called the Committed Alliance to Strays, better known as “C.A.T.S.,” was on the verge of closing, when a celebrity Facebook share triggered a surge of donations. The managers said it would take thousands of donations to survive. C.A.T.S. has a budget of about $15,000 a month. Back in June, the … Continue reading »

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