Avoiding the Smoke In N. California

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — As these fires continue to burn, sending smoke in the area, communities throughout Northern California are trying to deal with the poor air quality. Happy Camp Elementary is preparing to install air purifiers throughout the school sometime this weekend. The school is expecting to open Monday. That’s three school days later … Continue reading »

Rafting Business Back On Track

SHADY COVE, Ore. — This time last year, thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and lightning sparked several fires. The smoke from those fires moved into the valley and just about put rafting companies out of business for the year. One company said so far this year, they’re back on track. Rafts are stacked up and ready … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted law makers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho senator Mike Carpo to secure more than 600 million dollars of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fuels, Not Danger Level

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Tuesday, temperatures hit triple digits, but the fire danger level remains at high. Despite no change to the fire danger level, Oregon Department of Forestry officials said days like Tuesday have an impact on the plants that have hung on until now. O.D.F. officials said July is typically troublesome because of … Continue reading »

More Small Fires Reported This Year

White City – Fire season isn’t supposed to start for another month, but local fire departments say they are already seeing brush and roadside fires starting up. So far Fire District 3 has reported 11 grass and brush fires.  Fire officials say that’s a high number for this time of year.  Looking back over the past … 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 »

Kids Learn Fire Prevention at Demo

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire kicked off fire prevention week with an open house event at fire station four near Table Rock Road. The event  featured a number of kid-friendly activities like an obstacle course, a fire extinguisher demo and a live fire demo. Samantha Metheny, a fire inspector with the department, says roughly a … Continue reading »

New Fire Starts Despite Heavy Rains

MEDFORD, Ore. – Heavy rains over the weekend helped suppression efforts on lightning-induced fires around the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, but two new fires were still discovered. Crews responded to the Winchuck Fire on the Gold Beach Ranger District, about a ¼ of an acre in size, as well as a fire on the High … Continue reading »

Thunderstorms Through Thursday

Two weather disturbances together are going to bring increasing moisture to the region through Thursday. In addition, the atmosphere will gradually increase in instability, meaning by Wednesday, conditions will be favorable for widespread thunderstorm development. A Red Flag Warning (for dry lightning) remains in effect for Northern California and a Fire Weather Watch for the … Continue reading »

Satellite Images Since Day 1 of Fires

Below are the satellite images progressively in order beginning on Saturday, July 27th. The above images are all courtesy of the National Weather Service in Medford.

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