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 »

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 »

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