Air Quality ‘Hazardous’ in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The air quality continued to deteriorate in Josephine County, and county Public Health officials now say people should consider leaving the area to avoid the smoke. The air quality in Grants Pass has consistently been recorded in the “hazardous” category this week. That means everyone could feel negative health effects. Some … Continue reading »

Smoke Keeps Fire Helicopters Grounded

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A valuable firefighting resource is stuck on the ground, as the thick smoke above Southern Oregon continues to prevent helicopters from taking to the air. 16 helicopters are parked at the Grants Pass and Illinois Valley airports, and pilots are unable to take off because of poor visibility. Fire crews said … Continue reading »

Labrador Fire Grows to 1,000 Acres

SELMA, Ore. – The Labrador Fire continued to grow Tuesday, and has now reached more than 1,000 acres in size. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m., at the Josephine County Building in Cave Junction. Fire managers will be on hand to answer questions and give more details on … Continue reading »

Slow Firefight Against Labrador Fire

SELMA, Ore. – Fire resources stretched thin, combined with thick smoke choking the air, have made it difficult for crews to battle a large wildfire burning in the Illinois Valley. The Labrador Fire has burned 870 acres in an area 12 miles northwest of Selma. 439 firefighters and fourteen 20-person handcrews are currently building firelines … Continue reading »

Multiple Wildfires in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — A haze sits over Southern Oregon and the smell of smoke is in the air as firefighters continue to respond to multiple wildfires in the area. The column of smoke that was visible from Medford on Friday was from the Whisky Fire. The fire is a part of what BLM is calling … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparks Multiple Fires

GALICE, Ore. — Dozens of fires are sparked by lighting across Southern Oregon, and crews are concerned more could be on the way. Many of the fires are still very small, and crews are trying to get them contained. Fire crews say there were nearly two dozen spot fires in Josephine County, with reports of … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Lightning-Caused Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management say about 60 fires have been reported due to early morning lightning. BLM says about 75 fires have been reported across Southwest Oregon this morning. The Bureau of Land Management has updated information on the current response to the … Continue reading »

Crews Gain Ground on Pacifica Fire

WILLIAMS, Ore. – For the second time in two days, fire agencies from across the Rogue Valley battle a wildfire that threatened homes. A day after crews stopped a fast-moving fire in Merlin, crews were called out to battle flames in Williams. Crews said the Pacifica fire burned from Watergap Road toward Williams Highway, and … Continue reading »

Crews Stop Fast-Moving Fire in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. – A fast-moving fire described as a “wall of flames” heading toward homes was stopped in its tracks by dozens of firefighters responding from across the Rogue Valley. Fire officials said a vehicle fire along Brookside Boulevard near the Grants Pass Airport spread to nearby dry grass, then was pushed by the wind … Continue reading »

Three Fires Contained Along Highway 42

NEAR BRIDGE, Ore. — Fire officials say three small fires along Highway 42 on Wednesday was caused by a flat tire resulting in damage to the rim and axel of a boat trailer being towed. The fires were discovered by a Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) engine around 2:00 p.m., two miles west of Bridge. … Continue reading »

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