Fire Smoke Incites Air Quality Concerns

MEDFORD, Ore. – With so many fires burning, smoke is traveling into the Rogue Valley and officials say they are monitoring that haze closely. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says they have monitors across Southern Oregon that record the type of pollution in the air. One sits in a neighborhood in south west Medford … Continue reading »

Lessons Learned After Oak Knoll Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. – More communities in Ashland are taking steps to keep their neighborhoods fire safe. They say they were inspired by the Oak Knoll fire, which burned 11 homes in Ashland exactly two years ago on Friday. Two years after the devastating effects of the Oak Knoll fire in Ashland, several communities within the … Continue reading »

Oak Knoll: 2 Years Later

Friday is the two year anniversary of the fire that devastated the Oak Knoll neighborhood in Ashland. 11 homes were lost in the fire. A transient, John Thiry, was charged with starting that fire. He was later acquitted of those charges. In the year following the Oak Knoll Fire, Ashland has used grant money and … Continue reading »

Aerial Attack On Forest Fires

NEAR APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. – An extremely remote area and steep terrain has crews increasing their efforts on fires near Applegate Lake. Because the fires are in such a remote area, equipment like helicopters are crucial. So crews are increasing the number of aircraft and the space they have to hold them. The Lick Fire, … Continue reading »

Hazy Sky Due To Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Southern Oregonians are seeing a lot of smoke in the skies; in the Rogue Valley, it’s coming from two fires in the Red Butte Wilderness Area. The Hello Fire and the Lick fires are both burning with 0% containment and there is also a lot of smoke in the Klamath Basin coming … Continue reading »

Attack On Wildfires In Applegate Area

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. — Lightning from Sunday’s 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 »

Grants Pass Fire Destroys House

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Southern Oregon fire crews say they had a close call on Tuesday when a house fire nearly sparked a wildfire near Murphy; those flames threatened to take the surrounding area with it. A family escapes from their house as it burns down outside Grants Pass. Firefighters say it could have … Continue reading »

Fires Result In Haze

MEDFORD, Ore. — Air quality managers say fires across the West and across the world have been impacting the air in the Rogue Valley. Smoke from wildfires in Russia has drifted to Southern Oregon. Officials at Medford DEQ say the jet stream has blown the smoke from the Russian fires to our area. They say … Continue reading »

Lightning Strike-Caused Fires Pop Up

MEDFORD, Ore. — Lighting storms have passed, but the aftermath of that thunderstorm activity ignited several fires across Southern Oregon and California. It’s a multi-agency effort in parts of Southern Oregon and California right now; fire crews are getting a handle on several fires that popped up over the weekend. In the Klamath National Forest, … Continue reading »

Sterling Ditch Fire ‘Pretty Much Out’

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Sterling Ditch Fire that burned near Anderson Butte Road is now, “pretty much out”. The Oregon Department of Forestry says a few crews are out on the scene of the fire Thursday, making sure everything is covered. The Oregon Department of Forestry says a few crews are out on the scene … Continue reading »

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