Fire Season Officially Starts Monday

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties. Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention … 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 »

Rev up Your Car for Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — The weather is heating up and that means your car is too.  Vehicles are responsible for an average of 15 wildfires a year, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Automotive experts said wildfires often start when a car parks on dry grass. The bottom of the car is hot, sometimes 400-500 … Continue reading »

Weeks to go Until Oregon Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Siskiyou County just declared its fire season, but fire officials say Oregon still has a few more weeks to go. Fire danger is still in the slight to moderate risk category in Oregon.  Last year fire season kicked off on June 3.  It typically does not start until mid-June.  There are two … Continue reading »

Fire Agencies Urge Fuel Reduction

ASHLAND, Ore. — Multiple fire agencies are pleading with the public this week, asking residents to get ready for what could be an intense fire season. Chris Chambers with Ashland Fire and Rescue says if the drought persists through the summer, the region may be in for a smokey and dangerous season. Chambers says it … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Gear up for Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews across the Rogue Valley are gearing up for another, possibly intense fire season.  Fire departments are dusting off their wildland firefighting gear, and the Oregon Department of Forestry already has crews hard at work. Fire danger is at low right now, but that will be changing within the coming months.  … Continue reading »

Big Windy Evaluation Report

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — An environmental group is doing their own evaluation on the Big Windy fire. The fire burnt nearly 29,000 acres along Bear Creek Road and the Rogue River last summer.  The report includes information about the fire effects and fire behavior as well as an examination on the environmental impacts to the … Continue reading »

Officials Prepare Early for Fire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. – Recent rains have not been enough to pull Southern Oregon out of a severe drought situation and now fire crews are getting ready for what they fear will be an intense wildfire season. Several fire agencies in the area are prepping for fire season two to four weeks early this year. Hiring has … Continue reading »

Students to Replant Trees After Fire

GLENDALE, Ore. –Some Oregon high school students are working to replant areas destroyed by the Douglas Complex last summer. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Glendale High School students are meeting next Wednesday to plant seedlings on the burnt land. ODF officials say these lands help produce revenue that support education through the common school … Continue reading »

ODF Tackles Alder Creek Fire

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Dry weather and strong winds helped fuel a fire north east of Shady Cove and the Oregon Department of Forestry says they have it just about contained to about 125 acres. It may be winter, but the conditions are just right for wildfires and Thursday afternoon, the Oregon Department of … Continue reading »

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