Fire District 3 Opens Warming Centers

Medford, Ore. — Fire District 3 in White City has opened all of its 7 stations as warming centers for the public starting at 7 AM today. This is meant to be a short term stay and they will help you find a more long term solution, if needed. Blankets and other supplies will be … Continue reading »

Fire Season Funding Deferred to 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. — Smoke filled the Rogue Valley and complex fires engulfed southern Oregon in what was the most costly fire season in Oregon. State representatives met Friday to try and figure out how to cover tens of millions of dollars. “We’re about 40 million short, roughly, right now on what we owe versus what … Continue reading »

Stove Pipe Fire in Ashland Home

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland Fire & Rescue along with Jackson County Fire District #5 responded to a second alarm structure fire on the 500 block of Elkader St at 8:52 a.m. on Saturday. The fire was reported to be burning in the attic of the home. Though the homeowner attacked the fire with a hose from outside … Continue reading »

Letters Center Around Salvage Harvesting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drafted last week and sent out on Monday a letter from the Jackson County Commissioners was sent to fourteen people including Senator Ron Wyden and he deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C. The letter highlights the damage to both the environment and tourism industry caused by this … Continue reading »

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 »

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