Grass Fire Near Cave Junction

NEAR CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. —  Oregon Department of Forestry said air power stopped 25-acre grass-timber fire south of Cave Junction. Brian Ballou with ODF says the fire was about 6 miles south of Cave Junction. The wildfire is about 15 to 20 acres in size. Fire engines from both ODF and Illinois Valley District Fire … Continue reading »

Crews on the Lookout for Fires

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — In Jackson County, crews gather resources to put out several lightning-caused fires overnight. A helicopter has been in and out of the Oregon Department of Forestry base since 6 a.m. Crews have already detected several fires in the northern part of Jackson County. In the past two days, crews have caught … 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 »

Highest Priority Fire: Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been named the highest priority fire in the nation.  It has burn more than 21,400 acres and is at five percent containment. Seventeen different fire departments from Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties are at the Douglas Complex fire. Fire officials are calling for additional resources … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Funding Increased

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the active start to this year’s wildfire season, it could be much worse. Last month, state lawmakers passed the Wildfire Protection Act. With that approval comes an additional $1.8 million for the Oregon Department of Forestry, which has already paid dividends in the early part of the fire season. The money–at least in … Continue reading »

Analysts Help in Fire Attack Plan

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fire specialists from across the country are coming together to plan the best attack on the multiple fires across the South West part of Oregon. The team is made up of analysts who are predicting the smoke movement, weather pattern and wind direction. The members are also looking at Josephine County’s unique … Continue reading »

Air Tankers Slowing Down Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry says the Medford Air-tanker Base can serve up to four air-tankers. Two air-tankers leased to ODF are currently being used to fight fires across the South West area. ODF, Jackson and Josephine Counties are paying for the aircrafts.  Officials say the tankers are headed where it’s needed the most. “Life and property is … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparks Multiple Fires

GALICE, Ore. — Dozens of fires are sparked by lighting across Southern Oregon, and crews are concerned more could be on the way. Many of the fires are still very small, and crews are trying to get them contained. Fire crews say there were nearly two dozen spot fires in Josephine County, with reports of … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Lightning-Caused Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management say about 60 fires have been reported due to early morning lightning. BLM says about 75 fires have been reported across Southwest Oregon this morning. The Bureau of Land Management has updated information on the current response to the … Continue reading »

Looking for Lightning on Soda Mountain

SODA MOUNTAIN, Ore. — Lightning strikes are one of the most common causes for wildfires during fire season and it takes strong communication between the Oregon Department of Forestry’s dispatch center and their fire lookouts to spot potential fires. High above the Rogue Valley is a small outpost where a person mans the lookout station … Continue reading »

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