Federal Official Talk Western Fires

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — A federal official is asking western communities, utilities, and others to work together on projects that would restore forests and range land charred by recent forest fires. The overseer for the U.S. Forest Service, told government officials at a Western Governor’s Association meeting this weekend, that the federal government is ramping up … Continue reading »

Fire Season Officially Over

MEDFORD, Ore. — The recent rain in Southern Oregon has lead the Oregon Department of Forestry to declare the end of fire season. The largest fire in Southern Oregon this year was the Slate Creek Fire in Josephine County which burned 160 acres. Brian Ballou with ODF said the mild summer weather is what stands … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Level Lowered

MEDFORD, Ore. — Monday morning, the fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties dropped to “high” due to light rain in the region. Chain saws, power mowers, brush cutters, and other equipment employing internal combustion engines may now be used until 1:00 p.m. The fire danger level in … Continue reading »

Reward For Arrest In Slate Creek Fire

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Officials are asking for your help in finding who started the Slate Creek Fire. The fire started on Labor Day around 1:30 p.m. in a densely wooded area about 10 miles southwest of Grants Pass. Specifically, officials say the fire started along a road called the Root Springs Access Road. The … Continue reading »

Slate Creek Fire Burns 120 Acres

NEAR WONDER, Ore. – The Slate Creek Fire, burning outside Wilderville, has charred more than 120 acres. On Monday afternoon, a huge plume of smoke could be seen for miles. It lead down to an area about 13 miles west of Grants Pass off of Highway 199. Crews said the remote area and winds helped … Continue reading »

Crews Respond To Oregon, California Fire

Sterling Ditch Fire Crews are still working this morning to keep a fire under control in the rogue valley. The Oregon Department of Forestry is calling it the Sterling Ditch Fire. The fire is burning near Anderson Butte Road southwest of Medford. It started out at 2 acres and grew to 6 acres. ODF Spokesman … Continue reading »

More Firefighting Air Tankers Coming

By Sharon Ko Air tankers, used to battle wildfires, are on their way – adding to the outdated federal fleet. Resources are already spread thin this fire season. The U.S. Forest Service had 44 air tankers in its fleet several years ago; now, it’s down to 11 under contract, 10 of those have been around … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Prepare For Incoming Storm

By Bryan Navarro CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — An incoming storm could spark a fire and crews are on standing by. Even though the lightning storm could also bring rain, crews say the danger is high. The helicopter and the air tanker are not yet calling the Rogue Valley home, but they are in contract with Oregon … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Pushing for More Aircrafts

By Sharon Ko MEDFORD, Ore. — Summer is nearly here and that means wildfire season is set to become a top priority among fire crews. Resources are already spread thin and fire officials say it’s a concern, but state officials are hoping to help. Senator Wyden stopped by the Medford Air Tanker Base on Tuesday. … Continue reading »

» Newer posts