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 »

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 »

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 »

25 Acres Burning Inside Crater Lake Park

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Fire is burning 25 acres inside Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday morning and there is no containment at this time. According to officials at Crater Lake, one week ago on Tuesday, July 22nd, the Park received numerous lightning strikes. On Monday, July 28th, at about … 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 »

Reeves Creek Fire

(UPDATE: 12:56PM) — As of noon Wednesday, July 30, the Level 1 evacuation for Wildpark Lane is cancelled. CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry, Illinois Valley Fire and Rural Metro are battling flames in the Reeves Creek Fire, and trying to keep it from spreading past it’s current 230 acres. Several helicopters … 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 »

Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

Ferguson Fire Burning at 200 Acres

NEAR BEATTY, Ore. — Two structures have been lost to the Ferguson Fire burning about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, and five miles north of Beatty. South Central Oregon Incident Management Team reports six structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire is currently at 200 acres and is 20 percent contained. The … Continue reading »

Ashland Woman Nearly Struck By Lightning

ASHLAND, Ore. — The thunderstorms which moved through on Tuesday afternoon dropped 4,500 lighting strikes in Northern California and Southern Oregon. One of those hit right in Ashland resident Anne Novina’s backyard. The strike left no scar or scorch mark, but Novina swears she saw the zig-zag pattern hit in the middle of her lawn just 25 … Continue reading »

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