First Round of Thunderstorms Today

WEATHER DISCUSSION A closed upper level low is sitting off the coast of Northern California and bringing in a southerly flow. This is increasing the moisture and instability in our region to the point that daytime heating is allowing for these storms to develop across the thunderstorm hotspots. Starting around 2 p.m. lighting was detected … Continue reading »

Smoky Skies Again

WEATHER DISCUSSION A small area of low pressure has formed off the coast of Northern California, and with the counter-clockwise flow, it is making the upper level winds shift to a southern flow. This is the culprit for the smoke in the Rogue Valley and the Southern Klamath Basin. All location in the Rogue Valley … Continue reading »

July Complex Uses Out Of State Resources

NEAR SAWYERS BAR, Calif. — While most of the crews brought in to work on the July Complex are from California agencies, some personnel are being brought in from out of state. Brian Leitinger was brought in from Minnesota, and has been working on the fire for more than two weeks. He said he will … Continue reading »

Warmer With Sunshine Through the Weekend

WEATHER DISCUSSION After a week with unusually cool temperatures and equally unusual summer rainfall, the weekend looks to be more on track for this time of year.  In fact, temperatures will warm a bit above average, and will stay that way for a few days.    Sunshine starts us out on Saturday, but by the beginning … Continue reading »

Residents React to Evacuations

NEAR SAWYERS BAR, Calif. — The July Complex is now nearly 30,000 acres, and it continues to threaten homes, cabins, and even whole communities in Northern California. There are currently several mandatory evacuations notices for the communities of Sawyers Bar, Eddy Gulch, Little North Fork, Idlewild, Mule Bridge, Robinson Flat and Whites Gulch areas. In … Continue reading »

Rogue River Drive Fire Downsizes

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — The Rogue River Drive Fire is down to 492 acres. Crews are continuing the mop-up today. Road blocks are now removed. Tonight at 5 and 6, find out why it could still be dangerous to be in the area and what’s next for crews on the scene.

Red Cross Helping Wildfire Victims

MEDFORD, Ore. -   Evacuations are still in place for several communities close to the wildfires in our region. Some families have even returned to property completely destroyed by the fast-moving fires. This has many people in the community asking what they can do to help. NewsWatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with the disaster program manager for … Continue reading »

A Break From the Storms

WEATHER DISCUSSION High pressure slipping in from the south keeping the cloud coverage away from the inland locations moving into the weekend. This will give us a chance to dry up from the rains and thunderstorms that passed just a few days ago. We will also experience quite a warming trend into next week. This … Continue reading »

Bringing Back the Sunshine

WEATHER DISCUSSION A large part of the work week was cloudy and dreary, but that has been changing over the last 24 hours.  The upper level low that brought showers, storms, and cooler temperatures has exited the region to the northeast, and in its place, sunshine has been slowly on the increase. The brief cool down … Continue reading »

Evacuations Lifted at Beaver Fire

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif.– The weather helped crews get a better handle on the Beaver Fire.  All mandatory evacuations and advisories have now been lifted and Highway 96 is now open. The Beaver Fire is currently estimated to be 32,283 acres and 60 percent contained. This lightning-caused fire started July 30, 2014 and is located on the … Continue reading »

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