Stranded Tanker Now Being Towed

CAPE BLANCO, Ore. — A chemical tanker, stranded just off the Oregon coast, is now being towed to San Francisco for repairs. The tanker has been stranded since this past weekend when a fire broke out on board. That fire killed one crew member and endangered 20 others. Now a tugboat from Washington State has … Continue reading »

Smoky Skies Again

WEATHER DISCUSSION A small area of low pressure has formed off the coast of Northern California, and with the counter-clockwise flow, it is making the upper level winds shift to a southern flow. This is the culprit for the smoke in the Rogue Valley and the Southern Klamath Basin. All location in the Rogue Valley … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Complex Brings Thick Smoke

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. –  An estimated 20 fires make up the Happy Camp Complex each of which is sending thick smoke  into the sky and while the fires continue to be fought, the fire camp continues to grow. Thick smoke in Happy Camp had Bonita Thom wearing a mask as she worked outside helping her … Continue reading »

Helitack Base to Set Up In Cave Junction

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — No exact timeline has been given, but the Illinois Valley airport is now ready to go for the helicopters to move in. The Grants Pass and Illinois Valley airports are no stranger to hosting air attack during fire season and this year will be no different. Last year, both airport locations … Continue reading »

Rogue River Drive Fire Doubles in Size

Medford, Ore. – The fire burning on Rogue River Drive is now 100 acres. It has doubled in size in the last hour. While the sun was up, 2 air tankers and 5 helicopters as well as hand crews and engines were on the fire. There is currently no containment but 5 threatened homes in the … Continue reading »

Teens Help Fire Camp Run Smoothly

YREKA, Calif., — Incident command for the portion of the Oregon Gulch Fire that falls into CAL FIRES’ jurisdiction is set up at Yreka Union High School. The school’s entire campus is put to use including the classrooms which double as finance and logistical offices. Behind a lot of that coordination is the California Conservation … Continue reading »

How Can You Help Fire Officials

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — In the wake of multiple fires breaking out in the region in the last week, many people are left wondering what they can do to help. Fire agencies say the best thing is to donate to one of several agencies including the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Salvation … Continue reading »

Mill Production Could Expand After Fire

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Swanson Group is moving forward after losing one of their mills to a fire earlier this month in Springfield and will now absorb up to 100 of their employees to other mills, including this location in Glendale. Production will soon be ramping up at the Swanson Group’s Glendale plywood mill. 250 … Continue reading »

Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

[UPDATE: 6:52p.m.] South Central Oregon Fire Management leaders said fire crews are being pulled off the fire lines because of lighting. They said as soon as the situation becomes safe again, the crews will move back in. Fire Management officials said they don’t expect it to grow too much more at this time. There is … Continue reading »

O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is from  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

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