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 »

Early Morning Fire in Downtown Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – A suspicious, early morning fire sent police searching for a possible arson suspect near S. Fir St.  and Melrose Ave. The fire broke out around 3:30 A.M. Large flames got close to a building, but fire crews were able to keep it from catching fire. At one point, it appeared police officers were pulling people over to … Continue reading »

Witnesses Describe Possible Fire Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. — Another small downtown fire broke out around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, but police are hopeful that the incident may give them the break they need. Officials responded to the reports of a fire in the doorway of a warehouse building in the 400 block of South Fir Street. Police and fire … Continue reading »

Tree and Grass Fire in West Medford

MEDFORD, Ore — A fire on Tuesday afternoon at an boarded up home in West Medford had both fire crews and police racing to the house. Since the fire happened at an abandoned house, police officials has early suspicions it could be related to the string of arson fires in Medford. After further investigation, while … Continue reading »

Vehicle Fire on I-5 Slows Traffic

MEDFORD, Ore. — A motor home caught fire on Interstate 5, just off of the southbound on ramp at exit 30 about 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Police reported that propane tanks in the back of the motor home caught fire, and it is unknown how that fire ignited. The people in the car noticed carbon … Continue reading »

Fire Officials on High Alert

TALENT, Ore. — Fire agencies all over Southern Oregon are on high alert today, saying drought conditions make the holiday even more unpredictable. Fire District Five says it has a game plan for the holiday, and it will also have extra staff on duty all day and night. Officials also say they will have staff ready … Continue reading »

Crews Say Fire Was Intentionally Set

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fire that destroyed an abandoned building in south Medford yesterday was intentionally set, according to Medford firefighters. The building, which sat just off Kings Highway, used to be an experiment station for the OSU Extension Service, but had been abandoned for a few years. Medford Fire said the fire was human-caused, … Continue reading »

Tour Buses Damaged by Fire

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Two buses being used for the “Styx and Foreigners Summer Concert” tour were badly damaged by fire. However, the bands proved the show must go on. It happened Wednesday in a parking lot in Philadelphia. The buses were empty at the time, and no one was injured. The fire appears to have … Continue reading »

Structure Fire in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday morning, Medford Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry crews responded to a fire inside a vacant building which then began to spread into a field of dry grass. An off duty firefighter called in just before 11:30 a.m. and reported the thick smoke and flames just off of Kings Highway. When … Continue reading »

Early Morning Duplex Fire in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – An investigation is underway over what caused a fire at a duplex in Medford. It happened about 2:00 A.M. on Bryant St. Officials say the fire broke out in the home’s front living room. Medford police was the first on the scene, and officers used a garden house to knock down the … Continue reading »

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