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 »

Gold Hill Fire Contained

[UPDATE 10:30 a.m.] — ODF Has confirmed that the fire was human caused, however details as to how it was started were not given. Tune in to NewsWatch 12 tonight for more information as the story develops. GOLD HILL, Ore. –  A pile of wood ignited on the banks of the Rogue River near the … Continue reading »

Fire Was an Accident at Auto Shop

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fire that scorched a Medford auto shop has been ruled an accident by Medford Fire-Rescue officials. The fire happened early Thursday morning at American Auto at 943 Summit Avenue. Investigators said an electrical failure appears to have sparked the flames. They believe the fire started in the cab of a truck that … Continue reading »

Prospect Airport Hosts Helibase

PROSPECT, Ore. — All 4,000 feet of the runway at the  Prospect State Airport are being used by helicopters to aid in the firefight, as they bring both crews and supplies right to the fire line. Helicopters dotted the sky above prospect, constantly returning to the helibase to fill up on supplies before heading right … Continue reading »

Fire in Medford Under Investigation

MEDFORD, Ore. – An early morning fire at a vacant home on Windermere Dr. is under investigation. It started around 2:30 A.M. Monday. Neighbors noticed the flames and called 911. Four engines from Medford Fire responded. Crews had it extinguished in 5-10 minutes. The home is under active construction, officials said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Happy Camp Complex 62,000 Acres

NEAR SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. — The fires in Northern California continue to grow with the Happy Camp Complex expanding roughly 4500 acres overnight More than 2000 firefighters on the complex still have a big job ahead of them. On Friday, erratic winds hurled smoke and embers into the air and helped the fires grow by about … Continue reading »

Air Tanker Base Busier Than Usual

MEDFORD, Ore. — Three air tankers were on the ground Saturday afternoon. Their pilots were waiting for conditions to clear to get up in the air to make drops on the July and Happy Camp complexes. It was a different scene Friday, with six air tankers all working out of the base at once. “That … Continue reading »

790 Fire Brings In More Resources

NEAR PROSPECT, Ore. — As most people head into a long labor day weekend, fire crews working away setting up a new camp and bringing in more personnel. The fire is now nearly 2300 acres, and is burning forest land about half way between Crater Lake and Mt. McLoughlin. The U.S. Forest Service says the … Continue reading »

Two Cars Total Loses After Driveway Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. — A car fire was spotted  in a driveway in the 300 block of Oxford Street in Ashland on Wednesday night. The car on fire was spotted by a passer by who tried alert the home owners but they did not come to the door. That person then alerted the neighbors next door and … Continue reading »

More Evacuations On Happy Camp Complex

Medford, Ore. — Due to increased fire activity with long-range spotting of the Faulkstein Fire to the northeast, Incident Commanders have advised the Siskiyou County Sheriff and Siskiyou Office of Emergency Services of the need to initiate evacuations.   Effective immediately, the following areas will be under evacuation orders: Mandatory Evacuation are in place for: … Continue reading »

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