Long Fire Season Prompts New Hires

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Dry conditions across Oregon could mean that the severe fire season sticks around through September, and private firefighting companies may need to bring on more crews to stay out on the lines. Grayback Forestry is hiring more employees to replace college students who will soon be leaving for school. Grayback says … Continue reading »

Firefighters Ready for Lightning Ahead

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – A group of Grayback Forestry firefighters carves through a section of woods near Butte Falls. The crew of 14, swinging hand tools and wielding chainsaws, is cutting a fireline for prescribed burning. It’s likely the last chance they’ll get to do fuel reduction work before the real action starts. “The window … Continue reading »

White City Controlled Burns Postponed

WHITE CITY, Ore. —  Grayback Forestry burned 15 acres near Table Rock Road on Thursday morning in a controlled burn to prepare for another burn that would have been almost 10 times larger. The 143 acre burn was suppose to happen Friday morning, but was cancelled Thursday evening due to less-than-ideal conditions in the area. Oregon … Continue reading »

Prescribed Burn Pushing Smoke into Skies

NEAR WHITE CITY, Ore. — Grayback Forestry is burning 143 acres of land west of White City as part of a prescribed burn. The burn is meant to restore native plants and wildlife. Despite fire season’s early start date, forestry officials say the current fuel conditions are ideal to safely burn the area. The controlled-burn … Continue reading »

Guilty Plea in Iron 44 Case

MEDFORD, Ore. – One of two men indicted on dozens of federal charges related to the deadly Iron 44 helicopter crash in 2008 has plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Medford. Levi Phillips, former maintenance director for Carson Helicopters in Grants Pass, pled guilty Monday to a single charge of defrauding the U.S Forest … Continue reading »

Grayback Recruits Could Be on Fire Lines

MERLIN, Ore. — It’s the third day of class for new recruits at Grayback Forestry. This coming on the 13th day of the wildfires. “As soon as I got that call I was actually super excited because this is something I want to do, go help out and get these fires contained,” Victor Brown, a … Continue reading »

Local Fire Crews Sent to Colo. Wildfire

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local fire resources are being sent to Colorado to help battle a wildfire that has destroyed hundreds of homes. Officials with Grayback Forestry said multiple crews have already left southern Oregon and are en route to those fires. One team has been sent to the wildfire north of Colorado Springs, which has … Continue reading »