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 »

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 »

Looking for Lightning on Soda Mountain

SODA MOUNTAIN, Ore. — Lightning strikes are one of the most common causes for wildfires during fire season and it takes strong communication between the Oregon Department of Forestry’s dispatch center and their fire lookouts to spot potential fires. High above the Rogue Valley is a small outpost where a person mans the lookout station … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Increased

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday is the day that fire officials are raising the fire threat level, bringing with it a whole new set of restrictions. The Oregon Department of Forestry is preparing for fire season to ramp up in Jackson and Josephine Counties, as hot and dry temperatures, combined with possible thunderstorms, and increased camping … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Fire Officials Prepare For Incoming Storm

By Bryan Navarro CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — An incoming storm could spark a fire and crews are on standing by. Even though the lightning storm could also bring rain, crews say the danger is high. The helicopter and the air tanker are not yet calling the Rogue Valley home, but they are in contract with Oregon … Continue reading »