Brush Fire Burns Near San Francisco

PACIFICA, Calif. (CNN) — Flames erupted early Monday morning in Pacifica about 15 miles south of San Francisco. High winds pushed the brush fire near a neighborhood, forcing dozens of evacuations. It also threatened a nearby high school. No injuries were reported and no homes were damaged. Residents were later allowed to return home. Now, … Continue reading »

Jackson Elementary Fire Confirmed Arson

[UPDATE 12:04 P.M.] Medford Police confirm the fire at Jackson Elementary was an arson. MEDFORD, Ore. — Classes have resumed after a fire broke out at Jackson Elementary early Thursday morning. Officials said the small fire happened between the cafeteria and the health building on campus. According to the school district’s information officer, emergency evacuation protocols were … Continue reading »

Medford Sizzler Fire Likely an Accident

MEDFORD, Ore. — Favorable conditions – and fire suppression unit – have prevented the Sizzler on Biddle Rd. in Medford from suffering the same fate as another restaurant just up the road. According to Medford Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg, the fire started behind a grill in the kitchen on Wednesday sometime around 7:00 A.M. Medford Fire and Rescue and Medford Police both responded about 20 minutes later, … Continue reading »

Winter Weather Preps for Firefighters

MEDFORD, Ore. — With the chance for severe weather this week, local fire stations are keeping tabs on the forecast so they can be ready in emergency situations. The prep for winter months starts back in October making sure all rigs are equipped for cold and icy weather. If the chance of precipitation is more … Continue reading »

Family Loses Home in Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. — Jackson County Fire District 5 responded to a single family structure fire on Tuesday night, that left a grandmother and her 7-year-old grandson with nothing. Jackson County District 5 fire fighters responded to the call on Corral Lane between Ashland and Phoenix. The residents escaped without injury, but all the property was lost in … Continue reading »

Fallen Tree Sparks House Fire

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. — Jackson County Fire District 3 officials say a tree blown down by strong winds from Thursday morning’s severe storm caused a house fire in Sams Valley. Fire fighters responded to the fire just before 6 a.m. on highway 234. Crews say the tree was blew over onto the roof of the house, … Continue reading »

Oak Knoll Civil Suits Settled

ASHLAND, Ore., — The Oak Knoll fire destroyed homes in August of 2010. John Thiry, a transient man, was charged with two dozen counts of reckless endangerment and reckless burning. A judge dismissed the charges ending the criminal proceedings. Several insurance companies involved decided to bring a civil suit against the property owner claiming the … Continue reading »

Showers Move in Tonight

WEATHER DISCUSSION After the long-awaited arrival of the rain, it is almost here. Showers are beginning to fall as far south as Newport along the coast (7:00 p.m.) and will slowly trickle down as the night progresses. Models have a Brookings landfall around 11:30 p.m. but timing could be +/- an hour. As Tuesday continues we … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Biggest Town Fires

Ashland, OR–The fire that roared through Weed almost two weeks ago caught almost everyone off guard, even though conditions were ripe for a fire to spread once it started. Fortunately, although more than a hundred buildings were burned, no one was seriously hurt. It’s the worst fire in our region in many years. But its … Continue reading »

Rain Pours on Onion Mountain Fire

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Rain continues to fall on the Onion  Mountain Fire and the National Weather Service in Medford estimates the amount of rain that has fallen in the past day is equivalent to 20,000 bucket drops. Containment is officially listed at 80% but fire officials believe the end has come. “This rain, it … Continue reading »

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