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 »

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 »

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