O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is from  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

A Look at Fires from Up Above

MEDFORD, Ore. — 6,000 feet above Southern Oregon, a recon flight for the Oregon Department of Forestry laid out coordinates on nearby smoke. With weather conditions heating up and drying out since thunderstorms moved through earlier this week, smoldering fires are now growing. Lightning strikes plagued the region, and in the sky, on an iPad, … Continue reading »

Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police suspect that four more arson fires were set between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in areas around south Medford, including a large fire that burned through empty fruit crates. The most serious of the four fires began at about 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of South Fir Street. That fire … Continue reading »

Charter School Waiting Lists Get Longer

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Crater Lake Charter Academy in Eagle Point is the newest charter school in Southern Oregon and is enrolling students for fall. As this new school begins enrolling, waiting lists remain lengthy for the existing non-traditional schools in the area. More people reportedly attempt to enroll in local charter schools each year. Some … Continue reading »

Another Suspicious Fire Thursday Morning

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police and fire crews responded to Hawthorne Park around 7:50 a.m. Thursday morning for a palm tree that caught on fire. Fire officials said this fire is also suspicious, occurring right on the heals of the suspicious fire started on Fir St. earlier Thursday morning. Officials said they found a box … Continue reading »

Early Morning Fire in Downtown Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – A suspicious, early morning fire sent police searching for a possible arson suspect near S. Fir St.  and Melrose Ave. The fire broke out around 3:30 A.M. Large flames got close to a building, but fire crews were able to keep it from catching fire. At one point, it appeared police officers were pulling people over to … Continue reading »

Witnesses Describe Possible Fire Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. — Another small downtown fire broke out around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, but police are hopeful that the incident may give them the break they need. Officials responded to the reports of a fire in the doorway of a warehouse building in the 400 block of South Fir Street. Police and fire … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted law makers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho senator Mike Carpo to secure more than 600 million dollars of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to … Continue reading »

Poverty Rates Spike in Jackson County

MEDFORD, Ore. – Under-stocked refrigerators and bare pantry shelves await families at the Maslow Project, one of Medford’s biggest homeless support agencies. Their limited resources are being stretched thinner and thinner by growing demand. The agency serves only families that meet federal guidelines for homelessness. In the past year, the number of families that qualify … Continue reading »

Firefighters Chase Down Hot Spots

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Fire crews are on clean-up duty after more than 1,200 lightning strikes in Jackson County alone. Tuesday’s lightning storms resulted in nearly 45 hotspots in the area, just on Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service land. Most of those starts remain under an acre, but many of the state’s resources … Continue reading »

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