White River Fire Burns 570 Acres

NEAR PINE GROVE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is reporting this morning that firefighters working overnight on the 570-acre White River Fire extinguished remaining hot spots inside of the fire’s perimeter. The White River Fire started Saturday afternoon in the White River Wild & Scenic area, 12 miles west of Tygh Valley. … 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 »

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 »

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 »

May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month

MEDFORD, Ore. – May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month and Oregon fire officials are spreading awareness about wildfire prevention. One major way people can stay safe during wildfire season is reducing their home’s vulnerability to wildfires. “Creating defensible space around your home is the single most important thing you can do to help save your … Continue reading »

Wildfire Warning in Southern Oregon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Extremely dry weather will combine with gusty, dry winds this week to increase the risk of fire in Southern Oregon. And if the weather pattern continues, that risk of wildfire could stick around for a long time, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Rogue Valley is under a Red … Continue reading »

Multiple Wildfires in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — A haze sits over Southern Oregon and the smell of smoke is in the air as firefighters continue to respond to multiple wildfires in the area. The column of smoke that was visible from Medford on Friday was from the Whisky Fire. The fire is a part of what BLM is calling … Continue reading »

Mowing Concerns During Fire Season

ASHLAND, Ore. — This is the time of year when fire crews want homeowners to be especially vigilant about mowing the yard. As temperatures continue to rise in Southern Oregon, Ashland Fire and Rescue want to remind everyone to do their part in preventing fires from spreading. Weeds and grass tend to burn faster making … Continue reading »

Driest Start To Year On Record

MEDFORD, Ore. — The statistics and charts show it, through March 25th, this is the driest start to any year in Medford’s history. “Statistics were kept back in 1850. 1.63 in those first 84 days of the year is the driest we’ve ever been in those 84 days,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Ottenweller. … Continue reading »

Driest Year On Record In Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s a record: the driest start to any calendar year in Medford history is taking place right now, coming off a wet end to 2012. Despite the dry start to the calendar year, the area is just above average for the water year. Last year, fire season began in Southern Oregon on … Continue reading »