Fallen Firefighter’s Family Hit Hard

ALBANY, Ore. – A local fallen firefighter is being honored this weekend by the National Firefighters Memorial Service. Jesse Trader is among 107 firefighters being recognized Sunday at a ceremony in Maryland. But his family says, while the support from the state and firefighting community has been amazing, the federal government continues to deny them … Continue reading »

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 »

Local Fire Crews Prepare for Lightning

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The red flag warning throughout the area has local fire districts preparing for lightning-caused fires. But while agencies across the area typically cooperate if a situation calls for it, some districts are staffing extra knowing that other fires are keeping crews busy. Fire District 3 is one of the districts bring … Continue reading »

Update on Wildfire Evacuation Notices

The current evacuation levels for areas affected by the Oregon Gulch Fire in the Beaver Creek Complex have been adjusted. Officials are citing the hard work of firefighters and cooperative weather as reasons for the change in evacuation notices. Jackson County Addresses from the 6,000 block on COPCO ROAD and south to the Oregon border … Continue reading »

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 »

Oregon Gulch Fire 20% Contained

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Fire officials say the Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland is now at 20% containment. The acreage has reached 36,568. About 9,464 acres of that total are burning in California. There is still a level one evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include … Continue reading »

Oregon Gulch Fire Tops 31,000 Acres

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland is now consuming 31,918 acres. About 4,645 of that acreage is in California. The fire is 10% contained as of 10 p.m. Saturday. There are a total of 1,041 people working on the fire. Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch … Continue reading »

Protecting Homes From the OR Gulch Fire

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — As of Friday night, the Oregon Gulch Fire had consumed three dwellings.  Fire management is careful not to call them all houses, because out on Copco Road, people live in yurts, shanties, cabins, and in large houses.  In addition to the three dwellings destroyed, numerous outbuildings were also burned in the … Continue reading »

Firefighters Chase Down Hot Spots

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Fire crews are on clean-up duty after more than 1,200 lightning strikes in Jackson County alone. Tuesday’s lightning storms resulted in nearly 45 hotspots in the area, just on Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service land. Most of those starts remain under an acre, but many of the state’s resources … Continue reading »

Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As more than 600,000 acres burn across the state, Southwest Oregon crews are still ready and waiting. Handfuls of southwest Department of Forestry firefighters have been shipping out one at a time to help with fires elsewhere. But the region has yet to see a major fire event. That’s obviously good … Continue reading »

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