How ODF Responds During Fire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — As fire season heats up, so does fire management. The Oregon Department of Forestry says no matter where the fire starts – or what kind of land it’s on – the closest units will always respond. At that point, the fire management agency will determine if the fire should be attacked. If … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Lightning Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — This weekend saw dozens of lightning strikes in parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Crews have been on the scene here in the Rogue Valley, but some resources are in Lane and Douglas Counties fighting fires there as well. The Oregon Department of Forestry says many of the fires were in … Continue reading »

ODF Prepares for Fire Season

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Warm, dry weather has settled in to Southern Oregon over the past few days and the Oregon Department of Forestry is preparing for the possibility for an early fire season. This “fire danger” meter has not been activated as fire season has yet to begin, but Oregon Department of Forestry officials … Continue reading »

SCOTUS Hears Oregon Logging Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that affects logging road construction in Oregon. It stems from a lawsuit that an environmental group in Portland brought against the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Northwest Environmental Defense Center says, water runoff from construction sites that are now treated as runoff … Continue reading »

Fire Season Officially Over

MEDFORD, Ore. — The recent rain in Southern Oregon has lead the Oregon Department of Forestry to declare the end of fire season. The largest fire in Southern Oregon this year was the Slate Creek Fire in Josephine County which burned 160 acres. Brian Ballou with ODF said the mild summer weather is what stands … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Level Lowered

MEDFORD, Ore. — Monday morning, the fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties dropped to “high” due to light rain in the region. Chain saws, power mowers, brush cutters, and other equipment employing internal combustion engines may now be used until 1:00 p.m. The fire danger level in … Continue reading »

Controlled Burning Could Begin

MEDFORD, Ore. – The chance of rain this weekend could mean a chance for seeing smoke in the skies. If the rainfall is significant, the Oregon Department of Forestry or ODF can allow some controlled burning projects to begin only the projects in higher elevations. ODF officials consider a lot of factors before giving the … Continue reading »

Record Fire Year For Northwest

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s been a season of wildfires across Oregon this year, leading to a record number of burned acres. Fire managers say 2012 may be the biggest wildfire season on record for the Northwest with more than a million acres burned. The burned areas in Oregon and Washington are six times larger than … Continue reading »

Helicopter Crash Being Investigated

DRY CREEK, Ore. – The pilot of a downed helicopter is uninjured, but the aircraft remains in the middle of the forest. The helicopter had been helping the Oregon Department of Forestry on two fires before experiencing problems Sunday afternoon. The crash site is on private land outside of Shady Cove. At the crash site … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Continues

MERLIN, Ore. – Warm weather continues into October in Southern Oregon, and it’s keeping firefighters busy. Fire crews say its unusual to continue battling wildfires this late into the year, but they say the warm weather is bringing them more work at a time they normally don’t get it. Local fire companies say they are very … Continue reading »

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