California to Regulate Groundwater

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers in California continue to push legislation to regulate groundwater in the state. Right now, California is one of the last states in the west that lets residents pump as much water as they want. Yesterday the state senate passed a bill that would require some local governments to start managing wells. … 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 »

Rain Helps With Fires, But Not Drought

MEDFORD, Ore. — The rain across the Rogue Valley on Wednesday has been a help for firefighters, but experts warned that the area is still in drought conditions. Hydrologists said any amount of rain helps, but the drought conditions will persist until there is a more significant, sustained rainfall. They said the snowpack is generally … Continue reading »

Residents Take Action During Drought

ASHLAND, Ore. — Earlier this summer, Ashland city officials were cautious to see if water curtailment would be needed for the first time since 2009. So far, it is not needed, thanks in large part to voluntary efforts of water conservation by Ashland residents. Six and a half million gallons of water are used in … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Watering Priorities

Medford, Ore. — In the middle of a drought, it’s more important than ever to know where your water is going and use what water we do have wisely. OSU Master Gardeners said you should make a priority list.  They say established trees and shrubs need to be saved first because it’s more costly to … Continue reading »

Little Rain in the Forecast

WEATHER DISCUSSION Afternoon highs climbed back up to the triple digits today, making this now the ninth day in July that temperatures have hit 100 degrees.  Just a little bit of math…that’s over half of the days in July so far.  Fortunately, we are still expecting some relief by next week,  but the system moving … Continue reading »

Balancing Drought and Wildfire Risk

ASHLAND, Ore. — Homeowners will have to balance the risks of wildfire with the need to conserve water this summer, as the region goes through a drought. Local fire agencies said people can take steps to reduce water use and still prevent grass from drying out. Ashland Fire recommends homeowners water the areas within 10 … Continue reading »

Fire Officials on High Alert

TALENT, Ore. — Fire agencies all over Southern Oregon are on high alert today, saying drought conditions make the holiday even more unpredictable. Fire District Five says it has a game plan for the holiday, and it will also have extra staff on duty all day and night. Officials also say they will have staff ready … Continue reading »

Homeowners Trying to Reduce Water Use

PHOENIX, Ore. – Homeowners have taken steps to reduce the water usage in their own yards as the region goes through drought conditions. Landscapers said some homeowners are opting to put things into yards that don’t consume water, like rocks and bark. They said in the summer months, those alternative landscaping options become more popular … Continue reading »

Warming Up Into Summer

WEATHER DISCUSSION Early this morning, a very weak cold front moved through the area, bringing some fog to the coast and clouds to other locations.  Although the day began with clouds moving through, they didn’t stick around during the afternoon hours.  Temperatures were a bit cooler than Thursday’s highs, but only dropped near the seasonal … Continue reading »

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