Crews Still Active at Contained Fire

COPCO ROAD, Ore. — There’s nothing but burned trees as far as they eye can see and even though  the Oregon Gulch Fire reached full  containment several weeks ago, fire crews are still coming out nearly  every day, keeping a close eye on it. At least six times a week, forest officers from the Oregon … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Structure Fire Investigated

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a fire that destroyed a garage in Gold Hill and caused several small wildfires this afternoon. That fire created clouds of black smoke visible from I-5, and even forced ODF to send a helicopter to scan the area. Neighbors took some video … Continue reading »

ODF Warns of Increased Fire Activity

SALEM, Ore. — As we move closer to fall, fire officials are getting ready for fire activity to pick up. The Oregon Department of Forestry says with cooler temperatures at night, fire officials are noticing more warming fires being starting by campers and early morning hunters, despite ODF officials saying fires outside of camp grounds … Continue reading »

Officials Coordinate OR Gulch Resources

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. –  In just 24 hours, the Oregon Gulch Fire has escalated from just a few hundred acres to 11 thousand. Thick smoke can be observed at the fire, and it continues to linger throughout the valley. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the drought conditions have created extremely dry foliage, which paired with … Continue reading »

Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

[UPDATE: 6:52p.m.] South Central Oregon Fire Management leaders said fire crews are being pulled off the fire lines because of lighting. They said as soon as the situation becomes safe again, the crews will move back in. Fire Management officials said they don’t expect it to grow too much more at this time. There is … Continue reading »

O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is from  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

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 »

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