Last Preparations Before Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Although Southern Oregon fire crews have not had to deal with major fires yet, they are responding to more and more small grass fires already. Fire officials say in the last week, they’ve seen an upturn in calls, and though most of the grass in the area is still green, there is … Continue reading »

ODF Crews Watch for Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Thunderstorms are heading our way, and with that a high risk for lightning strikes. The weather has Department of Forestry specialists on alert during what is already a crippling drought season. But they say it isn’t time to call it fire season yet. Dispatchers monitored the storm for much of the … Continue reading »

More Small Fires Reported This Year

White City – Fire season isn’t supposed to start for another month, but local fire departments say they are already seeing brush and roadside fires starting up. So far Fire District 3 has reported 11 grass and brush fires.  Fire officials say that’s a high number for this time of year.  Looking back over the past … Continue reading »

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 »

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