N. California Fires Close Hiking Trails

YREKA, Calif. — With dozens of lightning strikes hitting the Klamath National Forest in the past three days, dozens of small wildfires are starting to burn. While no evacuations have been issued, two popular hiking trails are closed for the time being. The US Forest Service estimates there are 40 fires burning in the area, … Continue reading »

Federal Timber Dollar Payments Expected

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday,  the US Forest Service announced it will soon release $67.8 million in payments to 18 Oregon counties under the Secure Rural Schools program. Oregon is expected to receive more than $107 million in timber payments, once the Interior Department releases its funding to counties in the coming weeks. A county-by-county … Continue reading »

Obama to Support Wildfire Funding Bill

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local lawmakers are praising President Obama for supporting a House bill that could change the way wildfires are fought around the country. The bill (H.R. 3992), backed by senators Wyden and Merkley as well as representative Walden, would allow disaster relief funds to be spent on catastrophic wildfires. Right now that money … Continue reading »

Bear Camp Road Open for Travel

NEAR GALICE, Ore. — A private contractor wanting to move machinery from the Rogue valley to Gold Beach has helped open Bear Camp Road slightly sooner than expected. The U.S. Forest Service was waiting on the sun to help melt more snow before finishing plowing parts of that rural road. Wednesday, they announced that because … Continue reading »