Salt Creek Fire Burns Near Wimer

WIMER, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry responded dozens of fires on Wednesday evening, but ODF officials said the most concerning is the Salt Creek Fire. The fire was one of the latest to develop sending a smoke plume up on the north side of the Rogue Valley about 10 miles Northeast of Wimer. The … Continue reading »

Launch Fire Cause Determined

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.– A human was determined to be the cause of the fire burning at Four Mile Lake. Forest Service officers figured out where it started and gathered evidence. Now they are interviewing witnesses and following up on several leads. South Central Oregon Management officials said the Launch Fire is also being turned over … 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 »

Widespread Wildfire Investigations

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– [UPDATE 11:50 P.M. Salt Creek Fire Burns Near Wimer] Crews are monitoring about two dozen fires in areas outside of Grants Pass and Ashland. The newest reported fire is near Sprignett Butte. In just about 20 minutes, the fire jumped from zero to 25 acres. As of 6:30 p.m. fire crews were still … Continue reading »

34 Fires on Rogue River-Siskiyou NF

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officials at the U.S. Forest Service are reporting that from fire lookouts and aerial reconnaissance done this morning, they have identified thirty four confirmed fires have ignited on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest as a result of Tuesday’s thunderstorms in the area.  The starts are located on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger … Continue reading »

Launch Fire Still Burning Wednesday

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The “Launch” Fire near Fourmile lake is still burning and is gaining heavy fuels because the area is covered with snags and spot fires are occurring. Fire crews are continuing to work on a containment line and also working indirect areas to mitigate hazards. The following special restrictions and prohibitions are … Continue reading »

Off-Duty Firefighter Dies at Launch Fire

FOURMILE LAKE, Ore. – An off-duty firefighter staged near the Launch Fire at Fourmile Lake died Tuesday night in what officials are calling accidental in nature. According to Sgt. Darren Frank at the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year old Matthew David Goodnature, of Phoenix, Oregon was taking a walk away from his fire camp at about … Continue reading »

Police Investigating Alleged Assault

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Rogue Community College security officer at the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass was allegedly assaulted Tuesday night and Oregon State Police are investigating it. The officer said she was injured by an unknown assailant while on patrol on campus. On July 29, at about 10:15 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center … Continue reading »

Containment Scaled Back for Reeves Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Tuesday night, fire crews were confident that the Reeves Creek Fire burning near Selma would soon be fully contained. By Wednesday morning, the forecast had them less confident. The fire, which has burned 230 acres, was listed at 90 percent containment Tuesday night, but was downgraded to 50 percent containment Wednesday. Fire … Continue reading »

Residents Should Be Ready For Evacuation

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Fire Department is encouraging all Ashland residents to be ready in the event of an evacuation due to wildfires. As fire season continues to escalate, people need to understand that evacuations could become a reality. No evacuations are in place at this time, but the fire department said that a … Continue reading »

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