Start to 2014 Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Southern Oregon is entering a fire season which some say could be the worst one in the region’s history. Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said Monday he expects an active fire season, similar to last year. In fact the season is starting just one day before last year’s … Continue reading »

Fire Season Officially Starts Monday

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties. Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention … Continue reading »

Dry Thunderstorms & the 30/30 Rule

Most of us are familiar with dry thunderstorms – they are defined as thunderstorms that produce little, if any rainfall at all. Typically the rain produced from these storms will evaporate before reaching the ground, simply because the air around Southern Oregon is so dry. With dry thunderstorms comes dry lightning – a term which … Continue reading »

The Do’s & Don’ts of Defensible Space

MEDFORD, OR. — With an active fire season likely this year, it’s important we do what we can now to protect our homes and property. Creating defensible space around your home is an easy and effective way to reduce your risk from embers that may escape wildfires this upcoming summer. Simple yard work can go … Continue reading »

Water Leaders Discuss Drought Concerns

MEDFORD, Ore.– Community water leaders are trying to get the word out about drought conditions and what to expect with dry weather this year. Fire agencies, the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office, and Medford’s National Weather Service were just a few agencies at Wednesday night’s event for a drought discussion. Officials shared information about what the community … Continue reading »

ODF Crews Watch for Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Thunderstorms are heading our way, and with that a high risk for lightning strikes. The weather has Department of Forestry specialists on alert during what is already a crippling drought season. But they say it isn’t time to call it fire season yet. Dispatchers monitored the storm for much of the … Continue reading »

Crews on Alert During California Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. — Experts have been warning us for weeks about the fire season ahead. They say fires will spark earlier than usual, just like the one burning in California. And if you thought last fire season was rough, experts say moisture levels in the soil and plants are now significantly drier compared to last … Continue reading »

Heat Not Impacting Crops Yet

MEDFORD, Ore. — Morris Arthur has been growing blueberries at his Alta Vista Orchard for twenty years. He’s seen cold snaps and heat waves, and said warm temperatures aren’t much of a concern this time of year. “As long as you have plenty of water for irrigation, it doesn’t really effect early on,” said Arthur. … Continue reading »

Weeks to go Until Oregon Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Siskiyou County just declared its fire season, but fire officials say Oregon still has a few more weeks to go. Fire danger is still in the slight to moderate risk category in Oregon.  Last year fire season kicked off on June 3.  It typically does not start until mid-June.  There are two … Continue reading »

Fire Season Begins in Siskiyou County

FIRE SEASON BEGINS YREKA, CALIF. — CAL FIRE officials announced Monday that due to dry weather conditions and increased flammability of forest fuels and grasses, they are declaring fire season in Siskiyou County as well as Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties as of midnight May 12th. Other areas of Northern … Continue reading »

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