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 »

Evacuations Expand on Happy Camp Complex

[UPDATE 1:30 P.M.] Mandatory evacuations are in place for Scott River Rd. from Bridge Flat to the intersection of HWY 96, all areas south of HWY 96 between Scott River Rd. and Grider Creek and all areas south of HWY 96 from Seiad Valley down river to Cade Summit. An evacuation advisory is in place … Continue reading »

“Firewise” Spreads After Oak Knoll Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. — On August 24th 2010, a fire devastated the Oak Knoll neighborhood, and in the end eleven homes were lost. In the time since, homes have been rebuilt and the community is now more prepared. What began as a grass fire on one side of I-5 near exit 14 in Ashland turned into … Continue reading »

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