Incoming Storm Worries Fire Crews

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Firefighters got a brief stroke of luck heading into Monday morning. After days of explosive growth, calm winds and overcast skies kept the Oregon Gulch fire to 36,568 acres. That’s a scant few thousand acres of growth from the day before, given the way the fire had been spreading. But officers … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … Continue reading »

Rain Poses Risk for Mudslides

MEDFORD, Ore. — Due to the severe weather headed to Southern Oregon this weekend, fire crews plan to monitor the massive areas of charred land. The Bureau of Land Management will be patrolling the areas burned from the summer wildfires for rainwater damage. Experts say when the land is destroyed after a fire, there nothing … Continue reading »

Wildfires at California-Oregon Border

NEAR HORNBROOK, Calif. — Oregon Department of Transportation now says all lanes are now open 5 miles south of the Oregon border. Motorists should exercise caution as CalFire crews continue to fight a wildfire. This is near the agriculture check point. Oregon Department of Transportation reported earlier this afternoon that Interstate 5 was closed to … Continue reading »

Monday Wildfire Update

Below is the most up to date information on the wildfires, closures and evacuation orders in place across Southern Oregon and Northern California.   Big Windy Complex – 15,278 acres, 15% containment, 1,417 personnel A Level 2 evacuation is in place from the Marial Lodge, along the Rogue River east to Grave Creek, then north and … Continue reading »

Big Windy Complex May Cross River

MERLIN, Ore. – In two days the Big Windy Complex has grown from just over 6,000 acres, to over 9,000 acres. Now one of its three fires is threatening to jump over the Rogue River. Fire officials say infrared shots show the Jenny Fire moved north over the river, but infrared shots are too imprecise … Continue reading »

Wednesday Morning Fire Update

Tens of thousands of acres continue to burn in Southern Oregon. The fire being called the nation’s highest priority, the Douglas Complex, has grown to 25,000 acres.  At last check it was 5% contained.  It is burning outside of Glendale. The Labrador Fire, burning about 12 miles Northwest of Cave Junction, is considered extremely active. … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Continues

MERLIN, Ore. – Warm weather continues into October in Southern Oregon, and it’s keeping firefighters busy. Fire crews say its unusual to continue battling wildfires this late into the year, but they say the warm weather is bringing them more work at a time they normally don’t get it. Local fire companies say they are very … Continue reading »

Crews Respond To Multiple Weekend Fires

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Fire investigators are still searching for the cause of a wildfire near Gold Hill that started over the weekend. The Oregon Department of Forestry spent Saturday night working on the fire burning on the left fork of Foots Creek Road. They were able to fully contain it to just one acre. … Continue reading »

Hilton Fuel Catches Fire

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hilton Fuel catches fire late Saturday evening. Fire District 3 respond with three engines and a water tender. Piles of bark were on fire as well as sorting machinery. Fire crews don’t know the cause of the fire at this time. Crews are facing a few difficulties with the fire. The … Continue reading »

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