Crews Clear Out Oregon Gulch Fire Camp

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of fire crews with the Oregon Department of Forestry are clearing out the Oregon Gulch Fire camp at Howard Prairie Resort east of Ashland. The fire is 100% contained now and several dozen crews will stay on the campground through the weekend to continue the mop up process. But the … Continue reading »

A Look at Oregon Gulch Fire Camp

NEAR THE GREEN SPRINGS, Ore. — The Oregon Gulch Fire camp is like a small city. As logistical crews bring in more resources for fire crews during their downtime, the fire itself is slowing down. A few crews and some pieces of equipment are now heading to other fires. The big challenge in the next … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Lined Despite Spotty Storms

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Hand crews and bulldozers sift through ash and burning logs under clear skies at Parker Mountain. The stormy weather has already come and gone, and within a few hours it’s already onto mop-up duty. The 7-10 acre fire, just north of the main body of the Oregon Gulch fire, is one … Continue reading »

Red Cross Scouting Greensprings Shelters

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Red Cross volunteers are posting up in the Greensprings area to advise residents for possible evacuation, and to scope out shelters. Two volunteers were called out to the area near the Greensprings Inn Monday morning in response to the growing threat of the Oregon Gulch fire. In addition to setting up … Continue reading »

Pinehurst Inn Remains Open During Fire

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Despite the Oregon Gulch Fire being just a few miles away, owners of the Pinehurst Inn say they’ll continue to stay open and operate as a rest stop for visitors and fire personnel. Thick clouds of smoke could be seen over a ridge next to the inn, right off Highway 66. … Continue reading »

Residents and Crews Respond to Fire

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Not-so-distant wisps of smoke emerge from the treetops at the Greensprings Inn. A motley group of firefighters, residents, and curious passers-by gather just outside at an information board, pouring over maps and community notices. Just hundreds of yards away — homeowners prep their vehicles, fill water tanks, and get ready for … Continue reading »

Lakes Running Dry on Holiday Weekend

LOST CREEK LAKE, Ore. – For Ryan Grizzell, it’s a beautiful day to train. Grizzell is an amateur paraglider, and right now is prime time to strap on the parachute and take to the skies. The problem, he says, is that his favorite stomping grounds at Lost Creek Lake are disappearing beneath him. “We have … Continue reading »

End of Season Results for Parks

HOWARD PRAIRIE, Ore. — The summer camping and fishing season is over, and that means the campground and other facilities are Howard Prairie will be closing by the end of the week. This year, Jackson County cancelled the contract with its former concessionaire and decided to run things themselves. County Parks also contracted with Mt. … Continue reading »