Incoming Storm Worries Fire Crews

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Firefighters got a brief stroke of luck heading into Monday morning. After days of explosive growth, calm winds and overcast skies kept the Oregon Gulch fire to 36,568 acres. That’s a scant few thousand acres of growth from the day before, given the way the fire had been spreading. But officers … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Fire Grows: More Evacuation

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a LEVEL THREE EVACUATION for some residents on Copco Road near Ashland. Residents who live near surrounding roads also say they have been issued level one evacuations as well. The Oregon Gulch Fire is burning at least 5,300 acres and growing rapidly in the Cascade-Siskiyou … Continue reading »

Crews Battling Fires Near Wagner Butte

TALENT, Ore. – Crews continued to battle several small fires in the hills between Talent and Ashland that were sparked by lightning Wednesday. A National Forest Service spokesman said there are several fires burning in the Wagner Butte area. The largest is being called “Wagner 1,” and has burned about eight acres. Crews from the … Continue reading »

Storms Spike 911 Call Volume

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Wednesday’s storms increased the amount of calls made to 911′s Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by 48% compared to Tuesday. Dispatchers expect another spike in calls Thursday afternoon since more storms are in the forecast. The first thing a 911 dispatcher asks when answer a call is, “What’s the address of … Continue reading »

Wagner #1 Fire High Priority Thursday

TALENT, Ore. — There are currently 30 reported fires on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, according to information from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The largest of those fires is the Wagner #1 Fire that is estimated to be eight acres and located in the Wagner Butte area. Currently on the High Cascades Ranger District … Continue reading »

Reeves Creek Fire Being Mopped Up

SELMA, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting that the 204 acre Reeves Creek Fire is being mopped up Thursday. Eleven fire suppression crews and eleven engines are working on finishing mop up efforts and making sure there are no more hot spots. The Level 1 evacuation advisory for the Wild Park Lane … Continue reading »

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 »

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