Onion Mountain Fire Breaches Containment

UPDATE (6:00): U.S. Forest Service officials confirm the fire has broken through containment lines and expanded to 50 acres. Ten additional 20-person crews have been called in, making total of 13 ground crews. Officials also confirm a DC-10 tanker, also called a VLAT or Very Large Air Tanker, is aiding in the firefight. No structures … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Keep Lookout Over Weekend

MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite thunderstorm activity across the region on Friday, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest only detected one fire, and it was contained at less than one tenth of an acre. Officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest says lightning strikes were mostly concentrated on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts. Fire officials … Continue reading »

Saturday Update on Regional Forest Fires

For more information, here are some helpful websites. http://www.swofire.com http://www.inciweb.org/state/38/ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/?m=1 From Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.: MEDFORD, Ore. — Winds created a number of challenges for firefighters working active fires across Southern Oregon on Saturday. The BLM says acreage numbers are difficult to estimate at this time and there should be new numbers … Continue reading »

Illegal Miner Convicted

APPLEGATE, Ore. — For the third time, a Southern Oregon man will be behind bars for illegal gold mining. 52-year-old David Everist was sentenced earlier this week to 30 days in jail. He was convicted of illegally living on and working his mining claim in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest without filing a plan with … Continue reading »

Attack On Wildfires In Applegate Area

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. — Lightning from Sunday‚Äôs storms brought dozens of crews out to multiple fires on Tuesday. As many as 40 lightning strikes Sunday evening sparked 6 small wild fires in the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest near Applegate Lake. Of the six fires, the Hello Fire is the largest, burning between 10 and … Continue reading »

Multiple Fires In Red Butte Wilderness

Officials confirm six fires are burning in remote backcountry within or near the Red Buttes Wilderness on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Five of those fires are located within the Red Buttes Wilderness, the largest of which is the Hello Fire estimated at over 10 acres. Siskiyou Rappellers and … Continue reading »