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 »

Local Fire Crews Sent to Colo. Wildfire

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local fire resources are being sent to Colorado to help battle a wildfire that has destroyed hundreds of homes. Officials with Grayback Forestry said multiple crews have already left southern Oregon and are en route to those fires. One team has been sent to the wildfire north of Colorado Springs, which has … Continue reading »

Study Shows Climate Change Impacts

MEDFORD, Ore. — A 280- page report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns that climate change could bring more massive wildfires and insect destruction of forests in the next 25 years. Officials with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management say they are managing forest lands in this area with … Continue reading »

Oregon Proposes Shifting Wildfire Costs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Homeowners could pay less to help fight wildfires under a new plan being discussed in Salem. A new plan by the Oregon legislature wants to move around who pays to fight wildfires in order to keep costs low while fire danger is high. As it stands right now, during wildfire season, landowners … Continue reading »

Oregon Senators Asking For Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After facing a year of historic wildfires, Oregon senators are asking President Obama to add our state to a disaster relief package that includes those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are hoping to have Oregon farmers and ranchers put on a disaster aid package that is expected … Continue reading »

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 »

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