Fire Officials Check for Weed Abatement

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland residents had until midnight Sunday to make sure weeds in their yard were no taller than four inches. Monday morning, the Ashland Fire Department wasted no time checking to see if residents were in compliance. “You know, our priority in the city of Ashland is to address the wildfire hazard zone … Continue reading »

Jacksonville Fire Keeps 24 Hour Schedule

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Jacksonville Fire Department will continue to offer full 24 hour protection to Jacksonville residents. The city council approved the hire of a new employee that saved the department from having to cut their hours by as much as half. If the new staff would not have been approved, the department would be … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Two Structures in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same … Continue reading »

Multiple Arrests and Violations at Motel

MEDFORD, Ore. — Neighboring businesses want the criminal activity flushed out of Cedar Lodge Inn. Tuesday morning, multiple agencies inspected the motel with a fine tooth comb. They say since January of this year, there have been 155 incidents. Officers have responded to the lodge for assaults to stolen vehicles. In the last three weeks, … Continue reading »

False Alarms an Issue During Burn Season

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Drive down Interstate-5 during open burn season and you’ll see the hillsides dotted with columns of smoke. Most are contained, and many are legal, but they often get called in to 911 dispatchers anyway. When that happens, firefighters are obligated to respond. Since each truck is built to handle a variety … Continue reading »

Trailer Fire Barely Misses Propane Tank

MEDFORD, Ore. – An early morning fire ripped through a Medford home, destroying almost everything except the trailer’s propane tank. Neighbors say at roughly 5:00 a.m.  the flames were taller than a tree. Firefighters arrived on-scene within a couple of minutes, but the home was already fully engulfed in flames. The owner of the trailer was … Continue reading »

Suspicious Fire Under Investigation

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Fire Prevention Bureau is investigating what some officials are calling a suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant house on South Columbus Avenue last night. Within five minutes of receiving the call just before midnight, 15 firefighters had arrived to the scene on 1468 South Columbus Ave. The blaze had already consumed … Continue reading »