Salt Creek Fire Burning 80-100 Acres

[UPDATE 9:15 a.m. JULY 31st] The Oregon Department of Forestry reported Thursday morning that the Salt Creek Fire has increased from 25 acres Wednesday evening to 80-100 acres. ODF crews are on scene battling that fire and are expecting more crews on the way. WIMER, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry responded dozens of … 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 »

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 »

Pumice Flat Fire 100 Percent Lined

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Flat Fire burning inside Crater Lake is 25 acres and 75 percent Wednesday morning. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is handling the fire and said that it is 100 percent lined. There continues to be spot fires and isolated torching to the north end. There … Continue reading »

Thuderstorm Moves Through Ashland

Medford, Ore – A thunderstorm packing heavy rain passed through Ashland at about 8:30pm Tuesday night. Two lighting started fires are being investigated. One of the fires is near the reservoir and the other is on Mt. Ashland. The storm is moving out of the Ashland area.

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 »

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