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 almostĀ 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 OnionĀ  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 »

Burned Areas at Risk of Flash Flooding

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — Crews and equipment were pulled out of the Happy Camp Complex over the past few days to prepare for rain and flooding. Even though crews are not actively working on the burned areas, they are monitoring the rain. It rained consistently at the Happy Camp Complex Tuesday. Rain was running down … Continue reading »

Burn Areas At Risk For Flash Flooding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The intense fire season paired with rainstorms moving into the area could be a danger to communities near burn areas. The fires have stripped the ground of any grass and plants, only leaving ash and debris in their place. With loose ground, flash floods are more likely to happen. The Oregon Bureau … Continue reading »

Weed Students Return After Boles Fire

WEED, Calif. — A warm smile, a hug, and welcome back posters greeted students at Weed Elementary on their first day back since the Boles Fire. For all involved, it was emotional morning. Eight days after a fire devastated their city, it was back to school. Parents know it’s a step forward, even if their … Continue reading »

Plans Set for Roseburg Mill Employees

WEED, Calif. — Employees at the Roseburg Lumber Mill are learning their fate today. This morning, the company held a team meeting for all of those affected by the fire. On Monday the 22nd, around 60 workers will head to Oregon temporarily. They’ll get compensated for whichever of the two jobs pays more. A few … Continue reading »

Clean Up Extends Past the Fire

  WEED, Calif. — Hot spots aren’t the only thing fire crews are trying to clean up today. They are also trying to clean up the fire retardant dropped by air tankers. Fire officials say, several parts of the town are covered in the red substance, as firefighters tried to save as many homes as … Continue reading »

Active Weather to Start the Week

WEATHER DISCUSSION After weeks of dry weather, we enter our first active weather pattern of the 2014-15 water year. I’ll break it down by the specifics by category: Smoke: Upper air surface models show that the low pressure system offshore will keep winds out of the south, southwest for the beginning of the week. Therefore, … Continue reading »

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