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.

Most Recent Fire Information

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The SW Oregon Joint Information Center will be holding a press conference later this afternoon at the Grants Pass Interagency Office to give updates regarding the fires burning in Josephine & Douglas Counties. Currently there are 3,585 personnel staffed. The latest fire acreage and containment is listed below. Douglas Complex 25,396 … Continue reading »

Smoke, Cowlitz Can’t Slow Down Rogues

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford Rogues rode the left arm of Mac Acker to a 5-2 win to clinch a sweep over Cowlitz on Monday night. Acker threw eight innings, allowed one earned run and struck out four. Jerad Casper was 2-4 with three RBI’s to lead Medford to its tenth consecutive win at home. … Continue reading »

Air Tankers Slowing Down Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry says the Medford Air-tanker Base can serve up to four air-tankers. Two air-tankers leased to ODF are currently being used to fight fires across the South West area. ODF, Jackson and Josephine Counties are paying for the aircrafts.  Officials say the tankers are headed where it’s needed the most. “Life and property is … Continue reading »

Air Quality Impacts Next Few Days

A cooler and new air mass is now settling in. This air mass is stable, bringing dry conditions but breezy afternoon winds. The humidities are higher and this has helped crews, but the firefighting efforts are battling average wind speeds in the teens with gusts even highers. This will be the trend again into Monday, … Continue reading »

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