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 »

Cars Cause Wildfires

MEDFORD, Ore. — On average, 15 wildfires a year in Jackson and Josephine counties are attributed to vehicles.  According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, they are seeing an increase this year.   Ten wildfires this year were caused by vehicles, and most of them were large and expensive. Fires start when hot carbon clumps … Continue reading »

Firefighters Deal With Heavy Workload

MEDFORD, Ore. — So far this year, fire crews have responded to 159 fires.  The Oregon Department of Forestry said, normally for the entire season, the number of fires average around 109. Fire crews at the Oregon Department of Forestry, and area firefighters have been working lots of overtime. Medford Fire and Rescue Station 3 … Continue reading »

Crews Gain Ground on Pacifica Fire

WILLIAMS, Ore. – For the second time in two days, fire agencies from across the Rogue Valley battle a wildfire that threatened homes. A day after crews stopped a fast-moving fire in Merlin, crews were called out to battle flames in Williams. Crews said the Pacifica fire burned from Watergap Road toward Williams Highway, and … Continue reading »

Critical Fire Resource At Airport

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire agencies have multiple resources on hand to fight fires. Oregon Department of Forestry has a contract to use an airtanker this fire season. One of those is now stationed at the Medford Airport: air tanker 6-2. Two loads of retardant were dropped over the fire in Merlin on Thursday. “Every time … Continue reading »

Crews Stop Fast-Moving Fire in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. – A fast-moving fire described as a “wall of flames” heading toward homes was stopped in its tracks by dozens of firefighters responding from across the Rogue Valley. Fire officials said a vehicle fire along Brookside Boulevard near the Grants Pass Airport spread to nearby dry grass, then was pushed by the wind … Continue reading »

Fires Keep Rogue Valley Crews Busy

MEDFORD, Ore. – Firefighters say as temperatures heat up, it’s combining with wind to help dry out fire fuels, and allow fires to burn faster. Fire crews across Southern Oregon responded to several grass fires and house fires in just the past day. Monday afternoon, Medford firefighters responded to Clark and Cedar Streets around 2 … Continue reading »

Industrial Fire Risk Rises

PROSPECT, Ore. — With hot days and no rain in sight, the Oregon Department of Forestry is upping the industrial fire precaution risk from a level one to level two. This is an increase that happens almost every year, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry spokesperson, Caitlin Goins. Under the level two precaution, commercial … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Increased

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday is the day that fire officials are raising the fire threat level, bringing with it a whole new set of restrictions. The Oregon Department of Forestry is preparing for fire season to ramp up in Jackson and Josephine Counties, as hot and dry temperatures, combined with possible thunderstorms, and increased camping … Continue reading »

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