Oregon Trails-Biggest Town Fires

Ashland, OR–The fire that roared through Weed almost two weeks ago caught almost everyone off guard, even though conditions were ripe for a fire to spread once it started. Fortunately, although more than a hundred buildings were burned, no one was seriously hurt. It’s the worst fire in our region in many years. But its … Continue reading »

Police Continue Boles Fire Investigation

WEED, Calif., — Investigators in the weed area have released little information about the origin of the Boles Fire while they continue to gather information. “Investigators are talking to witnesses at boles creek apartments, as well as firemen and first responders at the scene and air ops in the area at the time,” said Sgt. … Continue reading »

Weed HS Returns for Emotional First Day

WEED, Calif. –  The students of Weed High School are finally returning to class this week, eight days after a fire ripped through their town. Many of the students are still dealing with the devastation of the Boles fire, but many said they were thankful to be back. Tuesday, students and administrators said, was a day of grief, … Continue reading »

Dangerous Waste Removal in Weed Begins

WEED, Calif., — The city submitted a plan for approval with the county and state. If approved the cost of debris removal, even hazardous material would be next to nothing with the State of California covering 75% of the tab and insurance, federal assistance and donations covering the rest. While waiting for the go ahead … Continue reading »

Day of Giving Donations to Weed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregonians donated 57 large bins worth of food, cleaning supplies, and household items to victims of the Boles Fire Monday. A truck load of boxes filled with supplies made it’s way to Weed Tuesday. The donations in the boxes that went out Tuesday morning were mainly focused on providing immediate needs. Contents … Continue reading »

Weed Students Return After Boles Fire

WEED, Calif. — A warm smile, a hug, and welcome back posters greeted students at Weed Elementary on their first day back since the Boles Fire. For all involved, it was emotional morning. Eight days after a fire devastated their city, it was back to school. Parents know it’s a step forward, even if their … Continue reading »

Students Face Changes in Weed

WEED, Ca. — Students in Weed return to the classroom Tuesday morning after the Boles Fire ripped through the city. Last week, teachers were leading their kids to safety as the school evacuated. Six classrooms were damaged by heat, smoke and water. Nothing can be salvaged from those rooms. Teachers spent Monday clearing space for … Continue reading »

“Day of Giving” For Boles Fire Victims

MEDFORD, Ore. — NewsWatch 12 has teamed up with Goodwill, The Red Cross and The United Way for a “Day of Giving” today, Monday, Sept. 22nd from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help the victims of the Boles Fire in Weed, Ca. People can drop off monetary donations at the NewsWatch 12 studios. We … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Clear Elementary School Path

WEED, Calif. — Elementary school students use a path every day to get up the hill, to and from school.  When the Boles Fire swept through last week, this path was right in its way and was damaged with debris and fallen trees coming right down onto it.  As school officials have their eye on … Continue reading »

Free Tetanus Shots for Fire Victims

WEED, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Public Health Department is administering free Tetanus vaccinations to any adults who lost their homes in Weed this week. Tetanus bacteria commonly enters the body through breaks in the skin, cuts, or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects.  These objects are usually found in soil and dust.  Health officials … Continue reading »

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