Grass Fire Near Gold Hill

GOLD HILL, Ore. –  Oregon Department of Transportation is working to finish up mowing some of the tall dry grass surrounded the roadways around the Rogue Valley as fire season gets worse. On Wendesday afternoon, though they took extra precautions and had water and fire officials on scene it was not enough to prevent a small … Continue reading »

Firefighters Ready for Lightning Ahead

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – A group of Grayback Forestry firefighters carves through a section of woods near Butte Falls. The crew of 14, swinging hand tools and wielding chainsaws, is cutting a fireline for prescribed burning. It’s likely the last chance they’ll get to do fuel reduction work before the real action starts. “The window … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Watching the Forecast

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast over the next few days, watching for lightning-sparked fires. ODF said at one point Tuesday it was looking like Jackson and Josephine counties would be hit by thunderstorms, but the storms curved to the east to … Continue reading »

Structure Fire in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday morning, Medford Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry crews responded to a fire inside a vacant building which then began to spread into a field of dry grass. An off duty firefighter called in just before 11:30 a.m. and reported the thick smoke and flames just off of Kings Highway. When … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fuels, Not Danger Level

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Tuesday, temperatures hit triple digits, but the fire danger level remains at high. Despite no change to the fire danger level, Oregon Department of Forestry officials said days like Tuesday have an impact on the plants that have hung on until now. O.D.F. officials said July is typically troublesome because of … Continue reading »

An Inside Look into the Bryant Fire

BONANZA, Ore. — The Bryant Fire east of Klamath Falls has burned more than 1,300 acres now, but crews are gaining control, attacking by air and using a nearby canal for water. Small smoke towers can be seen coming off of the mountains near the small town of Bonanza. Hand crews are on the ground … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Work to Contain Bryant Fire

BONANZA, Ore. — The Bryant Fire 20 miles east of Klamath Falls is continuing to grow as crews work on putting a containment line in place. Fire officials said they are utilizing air tankers and ground crews to keep the fire from spreading. An overnight infrared flight revealed the fire had grown another 450 acres … Continue reading »

Upper Table Rock Fire Being Contained

WHITE CITY, Ore. –  Fire crews worked through the night as they continue to fight the last hot spots of the fire on the Upper Table Rock. The fire broke out after a Straus Ranches worker was mowing a hay field and hit a rock. That sparked the quick-moving flame that would eventually take out 35 … Continue reading »

Wildfire South of Hood River

HOOD RIVER, Ore. –  Oregon Department of Forestry is fighting a 50-75 acre wildfire about 10 miles south of  Hood River. It was reported about 3:45 A.M. on June 18. The fire is burning on private forestland Hood River County Forestry land. O.D.F. has four fire engines and one bulldozer at the scene, and its expected helicopters and hand crews … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Climbing to High Monday

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Monday fire danger will climb to high, and this means big changes for those working outside. Due to the extremely dry weather, fire danger levels in Jackson and Josephine counties will be going up yet again, and several restrictions are going into place. Open burning and debris burning will be prohibited.  Campfires … Continue reading »

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