Structure Fire in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday morning, Medford Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry crews responded to a fire inside a vacant building which then began to spread into a field of dry grass. An off duty firefighter called in just before 11:30 a.m. and reported the thick smoke and flames just off of Kings Highway. When … 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 »

Fire Mop Up Continues

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Crews are still out mopping up the Modoc Road Fire. Fifty people are still on scene. Hotspots are still burning and crews are working from the perimeter inward to put out the hot spots. The Upper Table Rock Trail was reopened Friday and several hikers are out.

Watching the Skies for Wildfires

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry trains firefighters to spot the first signs of smoke or flames in wildfires. On Thursday, ODF staffed its lookout tower on Robinson Butte near Fish Lake and also worked on training people for the camera lookout systems. ODF officials say there are benefits to manned lookouts as … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Fire Reward Now At $31,500

BEND, Ore. — A reward for any information that can be given as to how the Two Bulls fire started has increased to $31,500. An update released Thursday morning said the Two Bulls fire is now 80% contained, and more than $4.3 million has been spent on the suppression campaign. The fire has now burned 6,908 … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Fire Burns Almost 7,000 Acres

BEND, Ore. — Multiple crews continue to make progress on the wildfire burning near Bend. Officials said the fire is now at 40-percent containment. It broke out last Saturday and is now burning nearly 7,000 acres. Level three evacuations are no longer in effect. Investigation teams did conclude the fire to be human caused and … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Level Climbs to High Monday

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Monday, June 16th the fire danger level will increase to high for Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land in Jackson and Josephine Counties. The industrial fire precuation level will remain at level one. Restrictions include no debris burning, no fireworks and no exploding targets with a phyrotechnic charge in it’s base. Campfires will … Continue reading »

Last Preparations Before Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Although Southern Oregon fire crews have not had to deal with major fires yet, they are responding to more and more small grass fires already. Fire officials say in the last week, they’ve seen an upturn in calls, and though most of the grass in the area is still green, there is … Continue reading »

Grass Fire Leaves 13 Acres Burned

ASHLAND, Ore. –  Jackson County Fire District 5 and Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a grass fire in rural Northeast Ashland at about 2 this afternoon. With help from an afternoon wind, what started as a small, one acre fire, quickly overtook an entire field. Eventually, Oregon Department of Forestry also responded to … Continue reading »

ODF Crews Watch for Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Thunderstorms are heading our way, and with that a high risk for lightning strikes. The weather has Department of Forestry specialists on alert during what is already a crippling drought season. But they say it isn’t time to call it fire season yet. Dispatchers monitored the storm for much of the … Continue reading »

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