Snow Falls on Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — Tuesday night’s storm brought the first snowfall for Crater Lake this year. Some roads are closed, and all campgrounds on the park property are also closed. People were excited about the snow, but some were disappointed because they couldn’t see the lake. Hear from park staff and travelers tonight on NewsWatch 12 … Continue reading »

Timber Companies Salvage Burned Trees

NEAR BEAVER CREEK, Calif. — Private timber companies are getting back onto lands burned by this year’s wildfires to salvage dead or dying trees. Those in Siskiyou County say it’s the worst year they’ve seen in the past century. The hilltops inside the Beaver Fire area have been teeming with heavy machinery since early September, … Continue reading »

Prescribed Burn Puts Haze In The Valley

NEAR EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Plumes of smoke are hovering over the Rogue Valley today, but it’s not because of a wildfire. The Bureau of Land Management said they are conducting a prescribed burn in Salt Creek, off of Highway 140, near Mount Pitt. Fifteen acres of leaf litter and shrubs are being burned to … Continue reading »

Busy October in the Night Sky

WEATHER NEWS This month the heavens will get busy and give us a show. Just in time for October, our astronomy calendar brings us a meteor shower from Draco, the dragon’s mouth and also a blood moon! Don’t worry, it will be more beautiful, than scary. Here’s the breakdown: Draconids Meteor Shower The Draconids meteor … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Reduced to MODERATE

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire danger has been reduced to “Moderate” for Jackson and Josephine Counties. The reduction comes from the cool and wet weather pattern that moved over the region on Wednesday and will continue to come through Friday. The rain reduced wildfire danger on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon … Continue reading »

How to Help Boles Fire Victims

WEED, Calif. –Newswatch 12 is teaming up with Goodwill to help victims of the Boles Fire.  Goodwill is part of a multi-agency response team that includes the American Red Cross to address the immediate needs of the people affected by the Boles Fire.   Leaders  say that they are appreciative of the outpouring of support, but … Continue reading »

Poor Air Quality Across the Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — Twenty four hour air quality readings are unhealthy as of 8:30a.m. in Medford and Grants Pass. Smoke settled across the Valley Tuesday night leading to the poor conditions. One hour readings are showing improvements though, reading good to moderate across the West Side. This suggests the air has improved since last night and is also … Continue reading »

Level One Orders for Onion Mountain Fire

[UPDATE 1:14P.M.] Firefighters said they were able to surround spots of the Onion Mountain Fire that spread to the east, Tuesday. Dozers and crews were able to tie a fire line to the 640 road. Crews will continue to build a line on the southside of the fire, Tuesday. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry … Continue reading »

New Happy Camp Complex Evacuation

HAPPY CAMP, Cal. – Due to increased fire activity of the Happy Camp Complex the northeast, the Siskiyou County sheriff is issuing Advisory Evacuations to residents in all areas of Mill Creek Road five miles east of Scott River Rd.  Residents should be prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen. An evacuation center has been … Continue reading »

Evacuation Advisories Still in Effect

[UPDATE 8:57p.m.] As of 8:45p.m Monday, level one evacuation advisories remain for the area surrounding the Onion Mountain Fire. Fire officials said there is a scam going around where people claim mandatory evacuations are in effect. They said no homes are being evacuated right now. The only advisories in place are the ones listed below. [UPDATE 1:16 P.M] … Continue reading »

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