Fire Crews Need Assistance in Winter

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Fire season in Southern Oregon typically starts in June with agencies getting their resources lined up in April, but with wildfires popping up in January, agencies are continuing to help each other out. The Alder Creek Fire called in Thursday was under the Oregon Department of Forestry’s watch, but being … 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 upĀ 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 »

Letters Center Around Salvage Harvesting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drafted last week and sent out on Monday a letter from the Jackson County Commissioners was sent to fourteen people including Senator Ron Wyden and he deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C. The letter highlights the damage to both the environment and tourism industry caused by this … Continue reading »

Rain Poses Risk for Mudslides

MEDFORD, Ore. — Due to the severe weather headed to Southern Oregon this weekend, fire crews plan to monitor the massive areas of charred land. The Bureau of Land Management will be patrolling the areas burned from the summer wildfires for rainwater damage. Experts say when the land is destroyed after a fire, there nothing … 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 »

Containment Date Pushed Back

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — Flare ups forced fire crews to push back the containment date for the Douglas Complex burning near Glendale. They were shooting for Sunday to call it 100% contained. Falling trees and rocks, plus windy conditions, kept crews from getting as much marked off the to-do list than they anticipated. Smoke billowing … Continue reading »

View of Forest Fires from Above

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — As firefighters continue to contain the Douglas Complex, cameras are keeping an eye in the sky for flare-ups. The Dutchman Butte fire protection lookout hasn’t been staffed since 2008 because a camera is now mounted on top of the original lookout and it does everything; the camera spins 360 degrees every … 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 »

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