Smoky Skies Over Rogue Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — It might not compare to what we saw in August, but Thursday’s smoke was enough to make joggers cut their route short and limit visibility throughout the Rogue Valley. Prescribed burns took place Thursday in both Josephine and Jackson counties on land protected by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest … Continue reading »

2nd Alarm Fire Started by Wood Stove

MEDFORD, Ore. — Flames from a Medford home greeted Rob Neff as he came home with his son’s from practice Wednesday evening. “I turned on to Valley View, I noticed the flames were really big, called 911, said there was a fire at Valley View and Mathews Place,” said Neff. It was his neighbors home … Continue reading »

Boy Scouts Remember Life of OR Marine

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A marine corporal who was training east of Palm Springs, died when a tank caught on fire Tuesday. Sell was training at the Marine Corps air ground combat center when the accident occurred. There were three other marines who were injured. Before Sell was a marine,  he was in the boy scouts … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. – Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

Hot Shot Crew Works Swing Shift

MERLIN, Ore. — There’s the crew that works during the day and the crew that works during the night. Tuesday a swing shift from noon to midnight was put into place. This hot shot crew focuses on waiting for the right time to burn out. As the sun set on day 25 of the Big … Continue reading »

National Guard Packs Up

GLENDALE, Ore.– After 19 days, the National Guard packed up and left their camp at the Douglas Complex fire. “We have plenty of room, we have 160 acres so it worked out fine,” said Glendale resident Jerry Cuff. Dozens of National Guards members, vehicles and several helicopters called Cuff’s ranch home for nearly three weeks. … Continue reading »

Crews Use Thermal Cameras for Hot Spots

NEAR WOLF CREEK, Ore. — Burnouts are working to contain one of the largest wildland fires in southwest Oregon but the threat is not over. Fire crews are monitoring the Douglas Complex with thermal cameras. NewsWatch 12 followed a three-person crew Friday night. They say helicopters can check for hot spots but their work is a bit … Continue reading »

Incident Management Teams Transition

GLENDALE, Ore. — Incident Management Teams are required to take days off.  They can work up to 14 days straight. Depending on the what company they work for, some crews get one day off after 14 days and others get two days off. The Incident Management Teams camped out at Glendale High School has been … Continue reading »

Structure Fire Near White City

  WHITE CITY, Ore. — Investigators are looking into a structure fire reported this morning near White City. Fire officials say a car inside of the building caught fire.  The building did not have a name posted anywhere, but is believed to be an auto body repair shop. Firefighters said when the arrived on the … Continue reading »

Brimstone Fire Nearly Contained

MERLIN, Ore. — A single tent is all that remains at the Brimstone fire camp at North Valley High School as fire crews are moving out and moving on to other nearby fires. Boxes were stacked up and briefing displays were torn down Monday at the Brimstone camp in Merlin. Officials are hoping to have … Continue reading »

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