Fire Season Funding Deferred to 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. — Smoke filled the Rogue Valley and complex fires engulfed southern Oregon in what was the most costly fire season in Oregon. State representatives met Friday to try and figure out how to cover tens of millions of dollars. “We’re about 40 million short, roughly, right now on what we owe versus what … Continue reading »

Letters Center Around Salvage Harvesting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drafted last week and sent out on Monday a letter from the Jackson County Commissioners was sent to fourteen people including Senator Ron Wyden and he deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C. The letter highlights the damage to both the environment and tourism industry caused by this … Continue reading »

Smoky Skies Over Rogue Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — It might not compare to what we saw in August, but Thursday’s smoke was enough to make joggers cut their route short and limit visibility throughout the Rogue Valley. Prescribed burns took place Thursday in both Josephine and Jackson counties on land protected by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest … Continue reading »

2013 Among the Worst Wildfire Seasons

COOS BAY, Ore. — The state of Oregon is witnessing one of the worst wildfire seasons in history according to the Coos Forest Protective Association. So far there have been 718 fires burning more than 80,000 acres. Officials say this is due to an extremely hot and dry season. The National Interagency Fire Center is … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Update for August 17, 2013

Information below provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Douglas Complex The Douglas Complex is now 72 percent contained and has burned 46,932 acres to date. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. … Continue reading »

Monday Morning Fire Update

Firefighters are continuing to battle several fires burning tens of thousands of acres throughout Southern Oregon. The fire with the most overnight activity was the Big Windy Complex.  It grew by 1,693 acres to 9,192 acres.  It is still 0% contained.  Officials are concerned the Jenny Fire, which is part of the complex, will jump … Continue reading »

Wednesday Morning Fire Update

Tens of thousands of acres continue to burn in Southern Oregon. The fire being called the nation’s highest priority, the Douglas Complex, has grown to 25,000 acres.  At last check it was 5% contained.  It is burning outside of Glendale. The Labrador Fire, burning about 12 miles Northwest of Cave Junction, is considered extremely active. … Continue reading »

Feeding Firefighters Keeps Crews Busy

MERLIN, Ore. — While the Brimstone Fire continues to grow, so does the line of hungry firefighters returning from the fire lines. A team with Star Catering prepared the meals for the firefighters, a feat managers say is challenging itself. “It’s always a fight to get this many guys fed. When you’re looking at 700 … Continue reading »

Fire Season To Begin for Coos Bay

COOS BAY, Ore. — Fire season in the Coos Bay area will officially begin July 1st. The Coos Forest Protective Association announced Friday that fire season will officially begin at midnight on Monday. The start of fire season begins restrictions on both public and industrial forest use on all private, county, state and bureau of … Continue reading »

Hottest Day So Far, Even Hotter Tomorrow

A ridge of high pressure will be strengthening and moving inland during the day today, this will act to warm inland areas to the warmest of the year so far, bring abundant sunshine to the region and return the marine layer to the coast. This evening clouds will be increasing at the coast as the … Continue reading »

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