ODF Prepares For More Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As lightning returns to the Rogue Valley, fire crews said they will be ready to respond to any reports of new fires. A spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry said the Central Point office has brought in extra vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters, in case a new fire breaks out. “There’s … Continue reading »

Fire Lines Holding on Gulch Fire

GREENSPRINGS, Ore. – Fire crews have continued to make great progress against the Oregon Gulch Fire, and said fire lines have held up against erratic winds. The fire has burned 35,093 acres, and is 50 percent contained. Fire crews said unstable weather in the area overnight Thursday raised concerns about the fire expanding. But the … Continue reading »

Lightning in Southern Oregon

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The owners of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill in Cave Junction say every time a thunderstorm rolls through southern Oregon during fire season, they are anxious to see if their privately owned forest land survives. Last year they lost some land due to the Douglas Complex fire. They say they manage … Continue reading »

Lightning-Induced Fires Has ODF Busy

NEAR BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – Thunderstorms continue to be a threat across Southern Oregon, with 16 lightning induced fires sparking early Wednesday morning. The largest of those 16, is burning near Butte Falls across 4 acres. “Right now it’s very dry, so we’re operating under the assumption that we’re going to get quite a few … Continue reading »