Level One Orders for Onion Mountain Fire

[UPDATE 1:14P.M.] Firefighters said they were able to surround spots of the Onion Mountain Fire that spread to the east, Tuesday. Dozers and crews were able to tie a fire line to the 640 road. Crews will continue to build a line on the southside of the fire, Tuesday. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry … Continue reading »

100 Homes Reported Damaged or Destoyed

Updated at 5:25 PM with phone interview with Suzi Brady of Cal Fire WEED, Calif., — A rapidly spreading wildfire is forcing immediate evacuations in Weed and the communities of Carrick and Lake Shastina. The fire began around 2:15 as a vegetation fire in the Boles Creek area and has spread to more than 300 … Continue reading »

Advisories Called on Onion Mountain Fire

UPDATE (8:54) — Fire officials confirm the Onion Mountain Fire has now exceeded 500 acres, with continued active behavior expected overnight. A fire camp is now being set up at the Sprague Seed Orchard in Merlin. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has also called level one evacuations for areas near the fire. Evacuation advisories include … Continue reading »

UO Study Shows Wildfire Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — A three-year study by the University of Oregon shows there are benefits to wildfires. Staff with the Ecosystem Workforce Program say they wanted to take a look at the impact they can have on a community, outside the obvious damaging effects. While wildfires have positive ecological roles, this recent research focuses on … Continue reading »

New Mandatory Evacuations at Happy Camp

HAPPY CAMP, Calif., — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office increased the evacuation level due to fire activity this evening.  Mandatory evacuations are now in place for all residents in all areas of Mill Creek Road, 5 miles east of Scott River Road. This area was previously under a fire evacuation notice. An evacuation center has … Continue reading »

Corvallis Fire Update

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A fire that threatened hundreds of homes in Northwest Corvallis Friday night is now fully contained, but fire crews will continue to be on the site through Saturday night and into Sunday to continue mopping up hot spots. Corvallis Fire says the blaze broke out around 8:30 p.m. near Chip Ross Park, … Continue reading »

Wildfire Smoke Visible in Rogue Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — According to BLM officials, the plumes of smoke visible in the Rogue Valley today are coming from the Happy Camp Complex and the 790 Fire, which has been very active today. The Happy Camp Complex is burning between Happy Camp and Ft. Jones in Northern California. The 790 Fire is burning between … Continue reading »

I-5 Reopens Despite Roadside Wildfire

[UPDATE 12:55P.M.] Caltrans says northbound lanes are open again. One lane southbound is still closed. [UPDATE 12:20P.m.] Caltrans is reporting, One of the Southbound lanes are now open. [UPDATE 11:50a.m.] KRCR is reporting the fire is burning near the community of Mountain Gate near Wonderland Boulevard. Residents of the Wonderland Mobile Home Park are being … Continue reading »

Prospect Airport Hosts Helibase

PROSPECT, Ore. — All 4,000 feet of the runway at the  Prospect State Airport are being used by helicopters to aid in the firefight, as they bring both crews and supplies right to the fire line. Helicopters dotted the sky above prospect, constantly returning to the helibase to fill up on supplies before heading right … Continue reading »

Air Tanker Base Busier Than Usual

MEDFORD, Ore. — Three air tankers were on the ground Saturday afternoon. Their pilots were waiting for conditions to clear to get up in the air to make drops on the July and Happy Camp complexes. It was a different scene Friday, with six air tankers all working out of the base at once. “That … Continue reading »

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