Fire Crews Gear up for Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews across the Rogue Valley are gearing up for another, possibly intense fire season.  Fire departments are dusting off their wildland firefighting gear, and the Oregon Department of Forestry already has crews hard at work. Fire danger is at low right now, but that will be changing within the coming months.  … Continue reading »

Garage Fire in Central Point

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A major structure fire is burning on the 4600 block of N. Pacific Highway in Central Point. The call came it at about 10:15 P.M. reporting a garage burning to the ground. Neighbors were the first to see the smoke and called 911. The fire was spreading so fast that crews … Continue reading »

Firefighters Open Door to Help Aquarium

GOLD HILL, Ore. — With ice on the interstate and chains on their tires, the weather proved to be much colder than two men coming from southern California anticipated. “We were coming down and we had to chain up and we were going really slow at that point, trying to find a warm place that … Continue reading »

2nd Alarm Fire Started by Wood Stove

MEDFORD, Ore. — Flames from a Medford home greeted Rob Neff as he came home with his son’s from practice Wednesday evening. “I turned on to Valley View, I noticed the flames were really big, called 911, said there was a fire at Valley View and Mathews Place,” said Neff. It was his neighbors home … Continue reading »

City Firefighters Staying Local

MEDFORD, Ore. — City firefighters are staying close to their stations for now. Right now, Medford’s Fire District 3 only has one crew member out on the Douglas Complex. Local crews usually stay in town until the governor declares a fire “conflagration” for their county. This grants special permission to utilize other crews and resources in … Continue reading »

White City Fire Under Investigation

WHITE CITY, Ore. — A patio umbrella is believed to have started a grass fire near White City on Wednesday. Investigators believe the umbrella was picked up by some wind, and hit nearby power lines, sparking a fire on Kershaw Road near Highway 140. The burning debris dropped onto the dry grass and quickly spread … Continue reading »

Cause Unknown in White City Grass Fire

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Fire officials are investigating the cause of a 3.5-acre grassfire in White City. The fire began at just before noon Saturday. Fire District 3 and the Department of Forestry responded within five minutes of receiving the call. They say the quick response was fortunate given the speed at which the fire … Continue reading »

Firefighters Hold River Rescue Course

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Personnel from police and fire agencies across the Rogue Valley are learning how to tame the Rogue River. It’s part of a voluntary weekend-long training course. Officials say river rescues are an unavoidable part of Summer. “A lot of people come down through the nice flat water and then they end … Continue reading »

Live Fire Training in White City

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Southern Oregon fire agencies are combining training efforts to make firefighting more streamlined. The live fire training is for the new firefighters joining Fire District 3 and Medford Fire. In the past, crews say they ran two academy’s at once for each fire department, but now they’re combining the academies. The … Continue reading »

Crews Knock Down Two Structure Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two structures fires kept fire crews busy in the Rogue Valley on Sunday afternoon. The Medford Fire Department responded to a call around 1 p.m. about a fire just blocks away from one of their stations. Table Rock Road was shut down as crews worked to put out the fire near the … Continue reading »

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