Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Watching the Forecast

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast over the next few days, watching for lightning-sparked fires. ODF said at one point Tuesday it was looking like Jackson and Josephine counties would be hit by thunderstorms, but the storms curved to the east to … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Chase Lightning Fires

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. — Fire crews are chasing multiple newly-sparked fires after lightning strikes from Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. The largest fire has grown to more than 20 acres just east of Applegate Lake. Ground crews and a helicopter have been on scene trying to slow down the flames. The firefighting resources have been … Continue reading »

Crews on the Lookout for Fires

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — In Jackson County, crews gather resources to put out several lightning-caused fires overnight. A helicopter has been in and out of the Oregon Department of Forestry base since 6 a.m. Crews have already detected several fires in the northern part of Jackson County. In the past two days, crews have caught … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparks Multiple Fires

GALICE, Ore. — Dozens of fires are sparked by lighting across Southern Oregon, and crews are concerned more could be on the way. Many of the fires are still very small, and crews are trying to get them contained. Fire crews say there were nearly two dozen spot fires in Josephine County, with reports of … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Lightning Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — This weekend saw dozens of lightning strikes in parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Crews have been on the scene here in the Rogue Valley, but some resources are in Lane and Douglas Counties fighting fires there as well. The Oregon Department of Forestry says many of the fires were in … Continue reading »