Fire Season Funding Deferred to 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. — Smoke filled the Rogue Valley and complex fires engulfed southern Oregon in what was the most costly fire season in Oregon. State representatives met Friday to try and figure out how to cover tens of millions of dollars. “We’re about 40 million short, roughly, right now on what we owe versus what … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. – Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

ODF Prepares for Lightning This Week

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry brought in a dozer along with five initial attack engines in Medford. They equipped the Grants Pass department with the same resources. There is a chance of lightning, and with lightning comes fire. With the equipment and crews prepared and ready to go, they can get to … Continue reading »

Restrictions for Bow Hunting Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Bow hunting season is right around the corner and hunting businesses are preparing for the big day. “We just try to keep as much as we can in inventory so everybody has a chance to get what they need,” Scott Sharpe said, owner of Southern Oregon Archery. Sharpe says this time of … Continue reading »

Brimstone Fire Nearly Contained

MERLIN, Ore. — A single tent is all that remains at the Brimstone fire camp at North Valley High School as fire crews are moving out and moving on to other nearby fires. Boxes were stacked up and briefing displays were torn down Monday at the Brimstone camp in Merlin. Officials are hoping to have … Continue reading »

Rogue Is The Only Route For Fire Crews

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — Fire crews and local rafting guides teamed up and packed up rafts full of supplies and floated down the Rogue’s rapids to structures in danger. Firefighters from across the country have arrived in southern Oregon and within hours a handful were sent down the Rogue River. “I’ve done rafting for fun, … Continue reading »

Information Center Key For Updates

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fire officials gathered in one place Wednesday afternoon to give updated information on each of five complex fires in southern Oregon. To help organize and clarify all the information and updates come through the Joint Information Center in Grants Pass. “If you can’t get immediate, accurate information, then a story begins … Continue reading »

Feeding Firefighters Keeps Crews Busy

MERLIN, Ore. — While the Brimstone Fire continues to grow, so does the line of hungry firefighters returning from the fire lines. A team with Star Catering prepared the meals for the firefighters, a feat managers say is challenging itself. “It’s always a fight to get this many guys fed. When you’re looking at 700 … Continue reading »

Residents Turn Out For Fire Updates

GLENDALE, Ore. — More than 100 Glendale residents packed an elementary school gym Monday night as officials working the Douglas Complex Fire explained the current situation. Some residents have been keeping a close eye on the fires. “We went up to a spot out of Wolf Creek and you could see a pretty good view of … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire Forces Evacuations

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Traffic backed up and some were left stranded as roads leading into an evacuated area were closed off while crews battled the fire. Some had seen the flames, packed up, and left for safer ground. “What happened was that it was really spreading out really pretty quickly and it was coming up … Continue reading »

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