Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 Victims

MEDFORD, Ore. — Over a hundred firefighters climbed the tallest building in the Rogue Valley as a symbolic gesture to the lives lost 12 years ago on September 11th. The tribute to the World Trade Center attacks is an annual tradition at the Rogue Valley Manor for southern Oregon firefighters. Firefighters got their protective gear … Continue reading »

City Firefighters Staying Local

MEDFORD, Ore. — City firefighters are staying close to their stations for now. Right now, Medford’s Fire District 3 only has one crew member out on the Douglas Complex. Local crews usually stay in town until the governor declares a fire “conflagration” for their county. This grants special permission to utilize other crews and resources in … Continue reading »

The Life of a Firefighter

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been burning for 5 continuous days. Some firefighters on the scene have been there since day one, and others are just arriving. Their morning begins with a morning briefing scheduled bright and early at 5:30 a.m. every morning. More than 300 people gather around a map in … Continue reading »

Feeding Firefighters Keeps Crews Busy

MERLIN, Ore. — While the Brimstone Fire continues to grow, so does the line of hungry firefighters returning from the fire lines. A team with Star Catering prepared the meals for the firefighters, a feat managers say is challenging itself. “It’s always a fight to get this many guys fed. When you’re looking at 700 … Continue reading »

Douglas Complex Continues To Burn

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire continues to burn.  It has consumed 21,000 acres so far.  The Douglas Complex fire began Friday when lightning started 54 fires in the area bordering Douglas and Josephine counties.  Those fires combined into two big fires, making up the Dad’s Creek and Cow Creek fires. The fire remains … Continue reading »

New Crews Sent Out to Brimstone Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Officials with the Department of Forestry say two fires, the Big Windy and Brimstone fires Northwest of Merlin, are demanding much of their attention, but only one of the two is receiving resources. The 1500-acre Big Windy fire is being called one of the most problematic because of its remote location, but … Continue reading »

Reinforcements Head to Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — For the third straight day, fire crews are hard at work battling the Douglas Complex fire approximately seven miles north of Glendale. Two-thousand firefighters from Oregon and Washington are expected to be on scene by Sunday night.    According to fire officials, the Douglas Complex fire is the largest complex burning this … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prepare for Dry Lightning

WILLIAMS, Ore. –With dry lightning in the forecast, fire crews are preparing for more wildfire outbreaks. The Pacifica Fire is 95 percent contained.  Fifty firefighters and one strike team remain at Pacifica Ranch on Wednesday.  The crews are mopping up hot spots in the area and are on standby in case another fire starts. “They’re … Continue reading »

Firefighters Deal With Heavy Workload

MEDFORD, Ore. — So far this year, fire crews have responded to 159 fires.  The Oregon Department of Forestry said, normally for the entire season, the number of fires average around 109. Fire crews at the Oregon Department of Forestry, and area firefighters have been working lots of overtime. Medford Fire and Rescue Station 3 … Continue reading »

Hot Shot Crews in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — There are hot shot crews trained not only in Arizona, but here in Southern Oregon as well. Although the hot shots are typically the closest to the fire, all firefighters battling wildfires train for a worst case scenario. Fire resistant and folded up as compactly as possible, fire shelters are something that … Continue reading »

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