Wildfires Are Contained But Not Out

MEDFORD, Ore. – Wildfires are still burning in our area more than a month after most of the big ones started. The Oregon Gulch Fire and the Rogue River Drive Fire are now 100 percent contained.  However, Oregon Department of Forestry crews are still monitoring the area.  They are through the fires on a daily … Continue reading »

Local Fires Not Out Yet, But Contained

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Gulch Fire and Rogue River Drive Fire are still burning but are 100 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry crews are still patrolling the areas daily, searching for any leftover hot spots. Brian Ballou with ODF said there is a good chance these fires won’t be out completely until the … Continue reading »

Old Blue Mountain Fire Grows

NEAR APPLEGATE, Ore. — Old Blue Mountain Fire is now an estimated 99 acres. This is an increase from previous estimates of 60 and 80 acres. Fire officials say the increased estimate comes from better mapping of the fire. Tonight, the fire line is 85 percent complete, and the fire is currently 30 percent contained. … Continue reading »

Several Small Fires Causing Smoke

[UPDATE: 9:13 P.M.] — The Oregon Department of Forestry confirmed there are several fires that began on Monday evening. The largest burning in the area is the Old Blue Fire that fire officials estimate is about 40 acres burning near Foots Creek Road. Air resources were used on the fire including helicopters and tankers until … Continue reading »

Mop-up Continues on Rogue River Dr. Fire

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. –  The mop-up process is continuing on the Rogue River Drive Fire near Shady Cove On Friday, dozens of crews were digging out hot spots.  They are working from outside in, mopping-up 250 feet inside the perimeter.  Fire officials are now calling this fire contained but not controlled. “If we had … Continue reading »

Evacuations Lifted on Rogue River Fire

SHADY COVE, Ore. — Fire crews said they have made great progress on the Rogue River Drive Fire in the last 24 hours, and said there is a much smaller chance of the fire jumping the lines, the way it did on Tuesday. Containment lines have been built by bulldozers around most of the fire, … Continue reading »

Structural Protection in Place for Homes

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. – Level three evacuations have been downgraded to level one on the Rogue River Drive Fire, but that doesn’t mean residents are out of the woods just yet. About 130 homeowners remained under evacuation advisories Wednesday. While a few have expressed a desire to stay no matter what, most say they’re … Continue reading »

Fire Camp Returns to TouVelle

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – With the ongoing fire activity in the area, fire camp is being brought back to TouVelle State Park. The TouVelle camp had already been cleared out after the Salt Creek Fire was contained and mopped up, and many of the resources were lugged over to Howard Prairie for the Oregon Gulch … Continue reading »

ODF Prepares For More Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As lightning returns to the Rogue Valley, fire crews said they will be ready to respond to any reports of new fires. A spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry said the Central Point office has brought in extra vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters, in case a new fire breaks out. “There’s … Continue reading »

Local Fire Crews Prepare for Lightning

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The red flag warning throughout the area has local fire districts preparing for lightning-caused fires. But while agencies across the area typically cooperate if a situation calls for it, some districts are staffing extra knowing that other fires are keeping crews busy. Fire District 3 is one of the districts bring … Continue reading »

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