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 »

Salt Creek Fire Closer to Containment

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – While the Oregon Gulch fire continues to grow, crews are reporting good news on the other end of the Beaver Complex. Officials at the Salt Creek fire say they’re getting closer to containment by the day, allowing them to slowly shift to a one-front battle. Right now the Salt Creek fire … Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion Plagues Firefighters

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As if the fires themselves weren’t enough to keep crews on their toes, fire officials say the heat and dry conditions are putting unusual strain on them this year. In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be evacuated to the hospital because of heat … Continue reading »

Firefighters Ready for Lightning Ahead

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – A group of Grayback Forestry firefighters carves through a section of woods near Butte Falls. The crew of 14, swinging hand tools and wielding chainsaws, is cutting a fireline for prescribed burning. It’s likely the last chance they’ll get to do fuel reduction work before the real action starts. “The window … Continue reading »

Wood Stove Starts Fire In Central Point

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Crews from Jackson County Fire district 3 respond to a fire at a Central Point area home Saturday morning. Fire crews believe it started in a wood stove. “The best advice for wood stoves is to make sure they are installed properly. Combustibles too near the flue, it’s just a matter … Continue reading »