Mop-up Continues on Rogue River Dr. Fire

NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. –  The mop-up process is continuing on the Rogue River Drive Fire near Shady Cove On Friday, dozens of crews were digging out hot spots.  They are working from outside in, mopping-up 250 feet inside the perimeter.  Fire officials are now calling this fire contained but not controlled. “If we had … Continue reading »

Unique Behavior Pushing Gulch Fire

GREENSPRINGS, Ore. — In the past 24 hours, the Oregon Gulch Fire has continued to jump in size. Part of the reason for that fast growth is because of rugged terrain, plenty of fire fuel, and changing winds. The area where the fire is burning near the Greensprings has lots of dry fire fuel, including … Continue reading »

Bryant Fire Sunday Update

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Bryant Fire has grown to 1,327 acres, as of Sunday morning. The fire is about 15% contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry is crediting the heavy use of air retardant in keeping the fire from spreading past the control lines on Saturday. ODF says sixteen loads of retardant were … Continue reading »

Bryant Fire at 1,250 Acres

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry reports the Bryant Fire burning east of Klamath Falls in the Klamath-Lake District is 1,250 acres and 5% contained. An ODF fire team took over management of the firefighting effort Friday afternoon. ODF has numerous ground and air resources at the fire. The cause of the … Continue reading »

Bryant Fire Burns 800 Acres

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is leading the firefighting effort on the Bryant Fire, burning 20 miles east of Klamath Falls. First reported Thursday afternoon on the NE end of Bryant Mountain, ODF reports the fire has grown to 800 acres. The fire is burning in an active logging operation … Continue reading »

Containment Expected for Owens Fire

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Fire crews are expecting a wildfire burning outside of Hood River to be at least 85% contained by Thursday night. The Owens Fire is burning south of Hood River. The Oregon Department of Forestry says the flames moved quickly after sparking early Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, crews were estimating it was … Continue reading »

Fire Season Officially Starts Monday

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties. Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention … Continue reading »

Wildfire Timber Salvage Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Now that the fires are out in the Douglas Complex and other big fires that roared through the area this summer, state and local officials are wondering if and when salvage operations will begin on federal lands. As NewsWatch12 reported last week, private timber holders are already busy clearing what they can, … Continue reading »

Highest Priority Fire: Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire has been named the highest priority fire in the nation.  It has burn more than 21,400 acres and is at five percent containment. Seventeen different fire departments from Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties are at the Douglas Complex fire. Fire officials are calling for additional resources … Continue reading »

Large-Scale Fire Response Underway

MEDFORD, Ore. – Teams from five federal agencies, as well as state, local, and contract crews continue to battle a series of wildfires caused by overnight lightning strikes. Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say nearly a hundred ignition points sparked up throughout the night. Much of the coordination for that firefight takes place … Continue reading »

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