Major Local Timber Purchase Announced

MEDFORD, Ore. — Seattle-based Green Diamond Resource Company is investing in Southern Oregon timber land. The company recently announced the purchase of 600,000 of land from JWTR LLC in Klamath Falls for an undisclosed price, meeting with Jackson County Commissioners Thursday to discuss the final terms. Of that land, 17,000 acres were burned in the … Continue reading »

Crews Still Active at Contained Fire

COPCO ROAD, Ore. — There’s nothing but burned trees as far as they eye can see and even though  the Oregon Gulch Fire reached full  containment several weeks ago, fire crews are still coming out nearly  every day, keeping a close eye on it. At least six times a week, forest officers from the Oregon … Continue reading »

Wildfires Are Contained But Not Out

MEDFORD, Ore. – Wildfires are still burning in our area more than a month after most of the big ones started. The Oregon Gulch Fire and the Rogue River Drive Fire are now 100 percent contained.  However, Oregon Department of Forestry crews are still monitoring the area.  They are through the fires on a daily … Continue reading »

Crews Clear Out Oregon Gulch Fire Camp

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of fire crews with the Oregon Department of Forestry are clearing out the Oregon Gulch Fire camp at Howard Prairie Resort east of Ashland. The fire is 100% contained now and several dozen crews will stay on the campground through the weekend to continue the mop up process. But the … Continue reading »

Rural Community Thanks Firefighters

GREENSPRINGS, Ore. – Greensprings Fire Chief Gene Davies described a “chaotic and frightening” situation on July 31st, when his volunteer fire crew found themselves in the path of the rapidly growing Oregon Gulch Fire. “We were in the wrong place, so we repositioned to begin our initial attack on the fire, and the wind shifted … Continue reading »

Less Resources Needed for Fires

YREKA, Calif. — As of Friday, the Oregon Gulch Fire was 50 percent contained, and the Little Deer Fire was 87 percent contained. With the fires less of a threat from earlier in the week, many of the 15 hundred personnel at the Yreka High School Fire Camp are being sent home or reassigned. Fire agencies have … Continue reading »

Long Fire Season Prompts New Hires

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Dry conditions across Oregon could mean that the severe fire season sticks around through September, and private firefighting companies may need to bring on more crews to stay out on the lines. Grayback Forestry is hiring more employees to replace college students who will soon be leaving for school. Grayback says … Continue reading »

Fire Lines Holding on Gulch Fire

GREENSPRINGS, Ore. – Fire crews have continued to make great progress against the Oregon Gulch Fire, and said fire lines have held up against erratic winds. The fire has burned 35,093 acres, and is 50 percent contained. Fire crews said unstable weather in the area overnight Thursday raised concerns about the fire expanding. But the … Continue reading »

The Story Behind the Photos

MEDFORD, Ore. — In the world of photography, is it better to be good or lucky?  Based on recent photos, Jim “Hazy” Haseltine is both. The civilian professional photographer has all the clearance to fly with the military, and frequently does.  But a trip into the sky meant to take some photos of Kingsley Field’s F-15s … Continue reading »

Yreka Economy Boost From Fire Base

YREKA, Calif. — As people fighting local fires are settling at camp in Yreka, local restaurants and businesses are feeling extra pressure. Nearly 1,500 people are fighting the Oregon Gulch and Little Deer fires, and are all using Yreka High School as a base camp. Yreka only has about eight thousand residents to begin with, and several … Continue reading »

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