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 »

Crews on the Lookout for Fires

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — In Jackson County, crews gather resources to put out several lightning-caused fires overnight. A helicopter has been in and out of the Oregon Department of Forestry base since 6 a.m. Crews have already detected several fires in the northern part of Jackson County. In the past two days, crews have caught … Continue reading »

Brimstone Fire Nearly Contained

MERLIN, Ore. — A single tent is all that remains at the Brimstone fire camp at North Valley High School as fire crews are moving out and moving on to other nearby fires. Boxes were stacked up and briefing displays were torn down Monday at the Brimstone camp in Merlin. Officials are hoping to have … Continue reading »

Highest Priority Fire: Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been named the highest priority fire in the nation.  It has burn more than 21,400 acres and is at five percent containment. Seventeen different fire departments from Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties are at the Douglas Complex fire. Fire officials are calling for additional resources … Continue reading »

Oregon Wildfire Funding Increased

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the active start to this year’s wildfire season, it could be much worse. Last month, state lawmakers passed the Wildfire Protection Act. With that approval comes an additional $1.8 million for the Oregon Department of Forestry, which has already paid dividends in the early part of the fire season. The money–at least in … Continue reading »

Analysts Help in Fire Attack Plan

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fire specialists from across the country are coming together to plan the best attack on the multiple fires across the South West part of Oregon. The team is made up of analysts who are predicting the smoke movement, weather pattern and wind direction. The members are also looking at Josephine County’s unique … Continue reading »

Air Tankers Slowing Down Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry says the Medford Air-tanker Base can serve up to four air-tankers. Two air-tankers leased to ODF are currently being used to fight fires across the South West area. ODF, Jackson and Josephine Counties are paying for the aircrafts.  Officials say the tankers are headed where it’s needed the most. “Life and property is … Continue reading »

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