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 »

Fire Agencies Respond to Illegal Burns

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Fire agencies in Southern Oregon have responded to several illegal burn calls since fire season started on June 2. Typically, offender could get a warning or a citation with a fine depending on how serious the offense is. Those officials add that a person could be responsible for damages that come … Continue reading »

Local Firefighters Headed to Bend Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. – It’s the first whiff of fire season as residents across the Rogue Valley awake to the nostalgic sight and smell of distant smoke. “I looked outside and saw a haze above the mountains, and now it seems to have moved down into the valley,” said Ashland Resident Jennifer Jensen. The smoke is … Continue reading »

Controlled Burn May Cause Smoke

NEAR WHITE CITY, Ore.– Grayback Forestry is planning a 143-acre controlled burn on Oregon Department of Transportation’s vernal pool mitigation and conservation site northwest of Medford. The burn is expected to be carried out over the next few days in order to restore the native habitat for plants and wildlife. Some smoke may be seen … Continue reading »

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 »

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