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 »

Dry Conditions Spur Oregon Wildfires

NEAR SALEM, Ore. — In addition to the Alder Creek Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry says unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon. In the Astoria District between Arch Capes and Manzanita, the Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to the 50-acre Falcon Fire and nearby the 30-acre Shingle Mill … Continue reading »

125 Acre Fire Burning Near Shady Cove

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to a 125 acre fire, designated as the Alder Creek Fire, burning 16 miles northeast of Shady Cove and about 15 miles up Elk Creek Road. The fire was first reported at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. ODF says they are responding with one bulldozer, … Continue reading »

Wildfire Warning in Southern Oregon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Extremely dry weather will combine with gusty, dry winds this week to increase the risk of fire in Southern Oregon. And if the weather pattern continues, that risk of wildfire could stick around for a long time, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Rogue Valley is under a Red … Continue reading »

Fire Season Continues Despite Rain

MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite the stormy weather outside, fire officials say it may not be the season ending event they’ve been looking for. It looks like summer is on its way out, but the wildfires apparently still have some life left in them. Fire officials say they’re still looking for what they call a season-ending … Continue reading »

Rain Reduces Fire Danger Level to ‘High’

The recent rains have lead the Oregon Department of Forestry to reduce the fire danger level to ‘High’ (yellow) Thursday  in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Chain saws and other power-driven equipment may be used until 1:00 p.m.  The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is now at 1. Below are the fire prevention regulations that are now … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. – Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

Grass Fire Near Cave Junction

NEAR CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. —  Oregon Department of Forestry said air power stopped 25-acre grass-timber fire south of Cave Junction. Brian Ballou with ODF says the fire was about 6 miles south of Cave Junction. The wildfire is about 15 to 20 acres in size. Fire engines from both ODF and Illinois Valley District Fire … Continue reading »

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