Cause of Pacifica Fire Investigated

WILLIAMS, Ore. — People living in the Williams area are sharing what they saw leading up to last week’s wildfire. Some neighbors said the fire appeared to start near or at the Pacifica Gardens. One neighbor said he saw people trying to pat out the fire near where a sweat lodge ceremony was being held. … Continue reading »

Firefighters Prepare for Dry Lightning

WILLIAMS, Ore. –With dry lightning in the forecast, fire crews are preparing for more wildfire outbreaks. The Pacifica Fire is 95 percent contained.  Fifty firefighters and one strike team remain at Pacifica Ranch on Wednesday.  The crews are mopping up hot spots in the area and are on standby in case another fire starts. “They’re … Continue reading »

Pacifica Victims Get Door-to-Door Visits

WILLIAMS, Ore. – Fire crews are slowly withdrawing as cleanup work wraps up from the Pacifica Fire. Fifty firefighters from the Department of Forestry remained in Williams today, but now the focus switches from ODF to local fire departments, and from cleanup to customer service. “I’m just concerned about the citizens and making sure they’re … Continue reading »

Fire Leaves Pacifica Wedding Up In Smoke

WILLIAMS, Ore. – Tami Rosenbaum tours the Pacifica Gardens for the first time since last week’s fire. Her daughter’s wedding is scheduled to be there in a couple of weeks. “I came here today to check the venue area, and it’s not quite what we saw when we first came to visit,” said Tami. The … Continue reading »

Crews Mop Up Pacifica Fire

WILLIAMS, Ore. –Today fire crews are mopping up the remains of the Pacifica fire.  Fire officials say the clean-up process could take weeks to complete. The fire broke out Friday evening and burned more than 500 acres.  Currently, officials say the fire is contained and 80 percent of the area has been mopped up. Fire … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire: Structural Threat Lessens

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Oregon State Fire Marshal says firefighters made excellent progress on the Pacifica Fire yesterday and early this morning, reducing the threat to residences and other structures. This progress allowed the state fire marshal to demobilize the Lane County Strike Team yesterday evening. The remaining three strike teams from Linn, Lincoln, and Marion … Continue reading »

Neighbors Save Man’s Ranch from Fire

WILLIAMS, Ore. – While no homes were lost in the Pacifica fire, that almost wasn’t the case for one rancher on Powell Creek Road. Mack Stewart has owned and worked on his ranch for a decade. When the fire hit, the 83-year old chose to fight back. He says the fire, which left scorched earth … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire Forces Evacuations

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Traffic backed up and some were left stranded as roads leading into an evacuated area were closed off while crews battled the fire. Some had seen the flames, packed up, and left for safer ground. “What happened was that it was really spreading out really pretty quickly and it was coming up … 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 »

Pacifica Fire Prompts Evacuations

NEAR WILLIAMS, Ore. — Crews from all over the Rogue Valley are once again working together to battle a wildfire in the Williams area between Jacksonville and Grants Pass; the fire is prompting evacuations. There’s a dozer line around 75% of the fire. Four dozers are on site. The listed losses from the fire include … Continue reading »