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 »

Medford Warns of Fire Fuel Risk

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire officials say flames can race through fields because they’re filled with fuel. It’s dry, and there’s a lot of it. Medford firefighters say fire season will be here soon. That means Medford residents need to make sure their lawns are mowed and weeds are trimmed. If not, you could get a … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prep for Wildfire Season

ASHLAND, Ore. — It is not wildfire season just yet, but crews are already fighting fires in dry brush. Firefighters were called out to several fires on Thursday. With just two days into the month of May, wildland fire crews thought their jobs this time of year was to clear out vegetation; instead, they’re fighting … 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 »

Change of Season Doesn’t Change Danger

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — ┬áThe start of fall in southern Oregon doesn’t mean a let up in fire danger. Officials with The Oregon Department of Forestry say this is about as dry as it gets. “We haven’t had measurable rain in a big part of southwest Oregon for 90 to almost 150 days” said Brian … Continue reading »

ODF Fire Spotters Take Positions

By Bryan Navarro SODA MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT, Ore. — ODF staff are moving into fire lookouts perched high above Southern Oregon and Northern California. It’s move-in day at the Soda Mountain Lookout. It’s a room 6,000 feet high, and a home for the next 4 months. Ken Struck is calling this 14 by 14 foot space … Continue reading »

Wildfire Preparations Begin

By Yessenia Anderson ASHLAND,Ore. — The official start of fire season is just days away. Oregon Department of Forestry said Wednesday will mark the start of an increased threat. This month’s training, for Ashland Fire, has focused on structure protection and structure triage in case of a large event . Monday afternoon, crews ran a … Continue reading »

Oregon Firefighters Offer New Mexico Aid

By Yessenia Anderson MEDFORD, Ore. — Local fire fighters are being asked to help fight a 54-square mile fire in New Mexico. The Oregon Department of Forestry received the call this morning and will be sending out a fire fighter to lead a strike team. The young man is set to leave Tuesday, which is … Continue reading »

ODF Discuss Fire Season Outlook

By Yessenia Anderson MEDFORD, Ore. — A mixture of rain and sunshine have made for rather interesting weather patterns, but fire officials say the recent weather won’t necessarily postpone the start of fire season. Forestry officials say residents need to begin prepping; fire season could be just around the corner. This weekend fire crews responded … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Pushing for More Aircrafts

By Sharon Ko MEDFORD, Ore. — Summer is nearly here and that means wildfire season is set to become a top priority among fire crews. Resources are already spread thin and fire officials say it’s a concern, but state officials are hoping to help. Senator Wyden stopped by the Medford Air Tanker Base on Tuesday. … Continue reading »

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