List of Fires Burning in Our Region

SOUTHWEST, Ore. — Below is a list of fires burning our region with acreage, containment levels, location and any evacuations you need to be aware of. This is frequently updated, please check back for updates. The Beaver Complex containing  The Oregon Gulch Fire - Cascade-Siskiyou Nat’l Monument – 36,568 acres - 35% contained – Lightning caused The Salt … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Keep Lookout Over Weekend

MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite thunderstorm activity across the region on Friday, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest only detected one fire, and it was contained at less than one tenth of an acre. Officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest says lightning strikes were mostly concentrated on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts. Fire officials … Continue reading »

Public to Observe Whiskey Fire Aftermath

NEAR TILLER, Ore. — The public is getting a close up look of what one of the worst fire seasons in recent history left behind. A group of people headed out with Umpqua National Forest employees to take a look at the damage caused by the Whiskey Fire. The Whiskey Fire burned more than 16,000 … Continue reading »

Crews Harvesting Wildfire Timber

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is reaping in the benefits from the wildfires over the summer. The Josephine County Forestry Department is harvesting forest lands burned from three wildfires this summer. Those three fires – Stratton, Dad’s Creek and Brimstone – burned about 2,600 acres. Crews are harvesting about half of that and they … Continue reading »

Businesses Affected by Wildfire Get Help

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Hundreds of thousands of dollars – maybe even millions – were lost by local companies because of the wildfires in Southern Oregon. Now there could be help in the form of just-approved disaster assistance loans. Rafting companies took a major hit when the Big Windy Complex shut down the Wild and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Fighting Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fire season is starting to wind down, but not without leaving hundreds of thousands of acres in the west blackened and once again, millions of dollars is being spent to control and contain the fieriest that seem to be getting more intense every year. For more than a hundred years, the … Continue reading »

Most Wildfires Closer to Containment

MEDFORD, Ore. — Crews watched and waited as the storms moved through, hoping the weather would help, rather than hurt, the firefight in Southern Oregon. The Douglas Complex reached 100% containment just this week. Fire management has yet to report containment problems created by the storm. Crews did respond to one lightning started fire near … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Update for August 24, 2013

Douglas Complex: 48,679 acres, 86% contained Starting Monday evening, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Eighteen crews and 21 engines will remain to finish mopping up the perimeter of the fires. At night, engines will patrol the perimeter. Helicopters and additional fire suppression resources will be available … Continue reading »

Rain Affecting Firefight at Labrador

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Labrador Fire in Josephine County is still zero percent contained. On Thursday, crews were unable to utilize helicopters because of visibility issues. Since the start of the fire firefighters could not fight the flames on foot very well because of the rough and dangerous terrain. A fire assessment team with … Continue reading »

New Fires Caused by Lightning

MEDFORD, Ore. — Between Wednesday night and 3 p.m. Thursday, there were 11 fires started by lightning in Jackson and Josephine counties. 4 of the 5 in Jackson County have been mopped up and contained, with the largest only growing to a fourth of an acre, but crews say the number of starts has been … Continue reading »

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