Local Fire Crews Prepare for Lightning

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The red flag warning throughout the area has local fire districts preparing for lightning-caused fires. But while agencies across the area typically cooperate if a situation calls for it, some districts are staffing extra knowing that other fires are keeping crews busy. Fire District 3 is one of the districts bring … Continue reading »

Firefighters Chase Down Hot Spots

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Fire crews are on clean-up duty after more than 1,200 lightning strikes in Jackson County alone. Tuesday’s lightning storms resulted in nearly 45 hotspots in the area, just on Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service land. Most of those starts remain under an acre, but many of the state’s resources … Continue reading »

Local Firefighters Headed to Bend Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. – It’s the first whiff of fire season as residents across the Rogue Valley awake to the nostalgic sight and smell of distant smoke. “I looked outside and saw a haze above the mountains, and now it seems to have moved down into the valley,” said Ashland Resident Jennifer Jensen. The smoke is … Continue reading »

Local Fire Crews Prepare for Big Season

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fire season officially begins in Jackson and Josephine counties on Monday, and local fire departments are warning it could be a big one. The Oregon department of forestry declared Monday, June second the start of the season. The fire danger level in the region will rise to moderate on Monday as … Continue reading »