Long Fire Season Prompts New Hires

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Dry conditions across Oregon could mean that the severe fire season sticks around through September, and private firefighting companies may need to bring on more crews to stay out on the lines. Grayback Forestry is hiring more employees to replace college students who will soon be leaving for school. Grayback says … Continue reading »

Watching the Skies for Wildfires

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry trains firefighters to spot the first signs of smoke or flames in wildfires. On Thursday, ODF staffed its lookout tower on Robinson Butte near Fish Lake and also worked on training people for the camera lookout systems. ODF officials say there are benefits to manned lookouts as … Continue reading »

Weeks to go Until Oregon Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Siskiyou County just declared its fire season, but fire officials say Oregon still has a few more weeks to go. Fire danger is still in the slight to moderate risk category in Oregon.  Last year fire season kicked off on June 3.  It typically does not start until mid-June.  There are two … Continue reading »

More Small Fires Reported This Year

White City – Fire season isn’t supposed to start for another month, but local fire departments say they are already seeing brush and roadside fires starting up. So far Fire District 3 has reported 11 grass and brush fires.  Fire officials say that’s a high number for this time of year.  Looking back over the past … Continue reading »

Fire Threat Rising as the 4th Nears

OREGON — Although cool and damp weather has helped to calm the wildfire threat in recent weeks, the fire danger is forecasted to rise in the coming days in addition to the temperatures. Humidity levels and fuel moistures will be decreasing and this is a concern with the 4th of July approaching. The Oregon Department … Continue reading »