Last Day of Fire Season For SW Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire season ended on Wednesday for Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Southwest Oregon. Fire season started on June 2 this year, and lasted 136 days. Rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forest … Continue reading »

July Complex Communities Concerned

NEAR SAWYERS BAR, Calif. — People who live around the July Complex say they are worried their entire community could be lost. Several homes around Sawyers Bar are being threatened, many of which are historical homes that have been around for a hundred years. People also say there aren’t enough resources to help families that … Continue reading »

Fires in Lakeview Increase in Size

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Firefighters have responded nearly 40 fires in the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership area (SCOFMP) since July 1, according to the Management teams most recent press release. The largest is the Saddle Flat fire which was reported at 3:25 p.m., July 3 and has grown to 5.3 acres. It is located at Township 23S … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fuels, Not Danger Level

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Tuesday, temperatures hit triple digits, but the fire danger level remains at high. Despite no change to the fire danger level, Oregon Department of Forestry officials said days like Tuesday have an impact on the plants that have hung on until now. O.D.F. officials said July is typically troublesome because of … Continue reading »

Fire Mop Up Continues

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Crews are still out mopping up the Modoc Road Fire. Fifty people are still on scene. Hotspots are still burning and crews are working from the perimeter inward to put out the hot spots. The Upper Table Rock Trail was reopened Friday and several hikers are out.

Crews Train for Wildfires in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Officials say current fire conditions in southern Oregon aren’t typically seen until late July. Now that fire danger has moved to high, Rogue Valley Task Force 1 continues wildfire training. Red tape marks the path of a simulated fast moving fire in a Grants Pass neighborhood. “We came over, we were … Continue reading »

Fire Agencies Respond to Illegal Burns

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Fire agencies in Southern Oregon have responded to several illegal burn calls since fire season started on June 2. Typically, offender could get a warning or a citation with a fine depending on how serious the offense is. Those officials add that a person could be responsible for damages that come … Continue reading »

Fire Season Starts in Douglas District

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Fire season in the Douglas County District started today and the fire danger level is set at “moderate.” The following restrictions are in place to help prevent wildfires, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association: All backyard debris burning requires a burn permit from either DFPA or a local fire department. … Continue reading »

Fire Agencies Consolidate Into One

  LAKEVIEW, Ore. — There have been several discussions about this year being an early fire season, and to get ahead of the curve the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Wildland Fire Operations and The Lakeview Interagency Fire Center will be working out of one facility. They consolidated the facilities with the goal being to … Continue reading »

Start to 2014 Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Southern Oregon is entering a fire season which some say could be the worst one in the region’s history. Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said Monday he expects an active fire season, similar to last year. In fact the season is starting just one day before last year’s … Continue reading »

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