Oregon Gulch Fire Grows: More Evacuation

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a LEVEL THREE EVACUATION for some residents on Copco Road near Ashland. Residents who live near surrounding roads also say they have been issued level one evacuations as well. The Oregon Gulch Fire is burning at least 5,300 acres and growing rapidly in the Cascade-Siskiyou … Continue reading »

Crews Moving in to Touvelle State Park

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Lightning strikes in southern Oregon have caused several dozen wildfires to pop up. Those fires have caused tents to be set up at Touvelle State Park. With the Beaver Complex burning, and more thunderstorms on the way, Touvelle State Park has become a base for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “Part … Continue reading »

Guard Fighting Fires from the Air

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard is helping fight fires in our region from the air. The Department of Forestry called in helicopters as part of Operation Plan Smokey. This request is the second this fire season for two heavy helicopters, one light helicopter and a Medivac is on standby. These resources will help … Continue reading »

Crews Battling Fires Near Wagner Butte

TALENT, Ore. – Crews continued to battle several small fires in the hills between Talent and Ashland that were sparked by lightning Wednesday. A National Forest Service spokesman said there are several fires burning in the Wagner Butte area. The largest is being called “Wagner 1,” and has burned about eight acres. Crews from the … Continue reading »

Dive Team Recovers 7-year Old’s Body

[UPDATE 11:15 a.m. JULY 31ST] The Josephine County Search and Rescue team recovered the body of 7-year old Dakota Vincent at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. He was found about 50 ft downstream from the Parkway Bridge in 8 ft of water. The Search and Rescue dive team were able to get his body. Josephine County Search … Continue reading »

Storms Spike 911 Call Volume

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Wednesday’s storms increased the amount of calls made to 911′s Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by 48% compared to Tuesday. Dispatchers expect another spike in calls Thursday afternoon since more storms are in the forecast. The first thing a 911 dispatcher asks when answer a call is, “What’s the address of … Continue reading »

Wagner #1 Fire High Priority Thursday

TALENT, Ore. — There are currently 30 reported fires on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, according to information from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The largest of those fires is the Wagner #1 Fire that is estimated to be eight acres and located in the Wagner Butte area. Currently on the High Cascades Ranger District … Continue reading »

Reeves Creek Fire Being Mopped Up

SELMA, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting that the 204 acre Reeves Creek Fire is being mopped up Thursday. Eleven fire suppression crews and eleven engines are working on finishing mop up efforts and making sure there are no more hot spots. The Level 1 evacuation advisory for the Wild Park Lane … Continue reading »

Pumice Flat Fire Becomes a Fire Complex

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Flat Fire located near the Southern boundary of Crater Lake Park has become a “complex,” according to officials at Crater Lake. The weather has caused the 25 acre wildfire to become a complex because there are several new fires within the same area. The storms over the … Continue reading »

CAL FIRE Battles Widespread Fires

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) reported Thursday morning that they had 15 new fires started by Wednesday afternoon’s thunderstorms. As of Thursday, all of those fires are contained, but crews are still out making sure there are no hot spots and reinforcing fire lines. All of these … Continue reading »

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