Oregon Wildfire Funding Increased

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the active start to this year’s wildfire season, it could be much worse. Last month, state lawmakers passed the Wildfire Protection Act. With that approval comes an additional $1.8 million for the Oregon Department of Forestry, which has already paid dividends in the early part of the fire season. The money–at least in … Continue reading »

Neighbors Save Man’s Ranch from Fire

WILLIAMS, Ore. – While no homes were lost in the Pacifica fire, that almost wasn’t the case for one rancher on Powell Creek Road. Mack Stewart has owned and worked on his ranch for a decade. When the fire hit, the 83-year old chose to fight back. He says the fire, which left scorched earth … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire Forces Evacuations

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Traffic backed up and some were left stranded as roads leading into an evacuated area were closed off while crews battled the fire. Some had seen the flames, packed up, and left for safer ground. “What happened was that it was really spreading out really pretty quickly and it was coming up … 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 »

Crews Continue to Mop Up Fire Remains

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Fire officials are calling the Beacon Hill fire a fitting end to the most active May in at least a decade. Crews continue to mop up the remnants of the fire that consumed roughly 115-acres of the Beacon Hill area of Grants Pass. Officials say the fire was likely caused by a … Continue reading »

Volunteers Prepare for Fire Disaster

ASHLAND, Ore. – As wildfire season approaches, Ashland emergency volunteers are training in how to respond. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and members of the public took part in an advanced course with fire and medical officials today. As community members prepare for disaster, fire officials say it couldn’t come at a better time. “We’re … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Home, Starts Wildfire

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A two story home burned to the ground from an early morning fire and then spread causing a wildfire nearby. The fire started around midnight near the 1900 block of Crowfoot Road in Eagle Point. By the time crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.  ODF Forest Officials said … Continue reading »

Fire Burns Butte Falls Forestland

NEAR BUTTE FALLS, Ore. — Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) crews responded to a fire east of Butte Falls. The fire started in a remote, wooded area on Bureau of Land Management grounds. ODF completed a fire line around the 32-acre blaze before sundown on Sunday. ODF Spokesman Brian Ballou … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Fire Undergoing Cleanup

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Firefighters are on the downhill side of the Nugget Fire cleanup today, with full containment of the blaze in sight. Fire crews say they were lucky to contain the nugget fire so quickly, especially with the extreme weather conditions and difficult terrain involved. And for the homeowners living in the area, … Continue reading »

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