Local Fire Crews Prepare for Big Season

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fire season officially begins in Jackson and Josephine counties on Monday, and local fire departments are warning it could be a big one. The Oregon department of forestry declared Monday, June second the start of the season. The fire danger level in the region will rise to moderate on Monday as … Continue reading »

May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month

MEDFORD, Ore. – May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month and Oregon fire officials are spreading awareness about wildfire prevention. One major way people can stay safe during wildfire season is reducing their home’s vulnerability to wildfires. “Creating defensible space around your home is the single most important thing you can do to help save your … Continue reading »

Obama to Support Wildfire Funding Bill

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local lawmakers are praising President Obama for supporting a House bill that could change the way wildfires are fought around the country. The bill (H.R. 3992), backed by senators Wyden and Merkley as well as representative Walden, would allow disaster relief funds to be spent on catastrophic wildfires. Right now that money … 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 »

School Safety a Concern During Wildfires

DAYS CREEK, Ore. – As firefighting activity remains high, officials on the Whiskey Complex are urging crews to watch out for school kids. Schools like Days Creek Charter School were just a short distance from where the fires were burning at their peak. Now they’re not-so-conveniently located in the middle of fire traffic. Trucks drive … Continue reading »

Big Windy Team Packs Up

MERLIN, Ore. – Sunday is the last full day for the Big Windy camp. The third and final type one incident management team on that complex leaves Monday. Now, the rest of the work gets turned over to the Department of Forestry. This is the third type one team to occupy that camp during the … Continue reading »

Progress Made on Lightning Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire officials say firefighters are making progress with new fire starts created by this week’s lightning. Officials with the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest say The lightning storms of the last two days ignited a total of 14 fires in that area. The largest of those fires is the Iron Knob Fire, located one … Continue reading »

After Fires Burn, Forest Healing Begins

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – As the fires continue to consume more and more land, experts are looking at how the forest will heal in their wake. Ecologists say fires are natural in the evolution of a forest, and can create a diversity of habitats that can support life. They say as trees burn down, it … Continue reading »

Whiskey Complex Crews Enter Final Lap

NEAR TILLER, Ore. – The Whiskey Complex is nearing containment after burning about 12,000 acres. But officials say they have a big fight ahead of them in the next couple of days, and some stubborn conditions to contend with. Come Sunday, the weather is expected to become dry and windier. Officials say the challenge for … Continue reading »

Forest Fire Updates for August 15th

Douglas Complex: The lightning-caused Douglas Complex fires have burned 45,698 acres to date and is now 55% contained. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Big Windy Complex: The Big Windy Complex, eight … Continue reading »

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