Salt Creek Fire Closer to Containment

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – While the Oregon Gulch fire continues to grow, crews are reporting good news on the other end of the Beaver Complex. Officials at the Salt Creek fire say they’re getting closer to containment by the day, allowing them to slowly shift to a one-front battle. Right now the Salt Creek fire … Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion Plagues Firefighters

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As if the fires themselves weren’t enough to keep crews on their toes, fire officials say the heat and dry conditions are putting unusual strain on them this year. In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be evacuated to the hospital because of heat … 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 »

Salt Creek Fire Burning 80-100 Acres

[UPDATE 9:15 a.m. JULY 31st] The Oregon Department of Forestry reported Thursday morning that the Salt Creek Fire has increased from 25 acres Wednesday evening to 80-100 acres. ODF crews are on scene battling that fire and are expecting more crews on the way. WIMER, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry responded dozens of … Continue reading »

Containment Scaled Back for Reeves Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Tuesday night, fire crews were confident that the Reeves Creek Fire burning near Selma would soon be fully contained. By Wednesday morning, the forecast had them less confident. The fire, which has burned 230 acres, was listed at 90 percent containment Tuesday night, but was downgraded to 50 percent containment Wednesday. Fire … Continue reading »

ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

CENTRAL POINT, Ore –Oregon Department of Forestry Dispatch center tracks the lightning storms all over Southern Oregon and Northern California from a room in Central Point. Dispatchers use a variety of computer weather programs to plot and map the strikes. That information is used to compare to strikes and fires seen by field teams, lookouts, and those … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … 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 »

ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — When thunderstorms move into the area as they did on Tuesday afternoon, Fire Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry are prepared to use all resources they have available. Lookout points are often perched on mountain tops, and the staff use their unique perspective to track storms, lightning strikes, and fires that … Continue reading »

Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As more than 600,000 acres burn across the state, Southwest Oregon crews are still ready and waiting. Handfuls of southwest Department of Forestry firefighters have been shipping out one at a time to help with fires elsewhere. But the region has yet to see a major fire event. That’s obviously good … Continue reading »

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