Church Service Continues After Fire

WEED, Calif. — As residents return to their homes and fire crews move out, church services continue. Nothing remains of the Presbyterian Church after the Boles Fire destroyed it and the Catholic Church across the street. Even with no building, service went on. A small room inside the Weed Mercantile building hosted a few dozen … Continue reading »

Scoggins Creek Fire 200-350 Acres

(CNN) — A fast moving wildfire has forced several evacuations near Hagg Lake. Friday evening, families in a Gaston neighborhood were ordered to evacuate. The fire was first reported Friday afternoon on private timberland. State forestry officials say the Scoggins Creek Fire, located 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake, is burning in extremely dry brush … Continue reading »

Boles Fire Now 100% Contained

WEED, Calif. — The Boles Fire is now 100% contained, holding at 479 acres. CAL FIRE reports the Damage Assessment Teams have concluded their inspections and are working with the City and County to produce a final damage inspection report. Excess resources are being released and made available for other incidents as necessary. If you … Continue reading »

Boles Fire at 479 Acres

WEED, Calif. — Despite the dangers of the Boles Fire, firefighters say they are making progress. Rains last night helped with containment and mop up efforts. The fire is at 479 acres, but is now 85% contained. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed, and 1,100 are still being threatened. A $10,000 reward remains … Continue reading »

Fire Donations Overwhelming

WEED, Calif. — There has been an out-pour of donations for victims of the Boles Fire, but now the amount of donated supplies is overflowing beyond the walls of the storage space available. A church in Medford drove truck loads full of clothes, food and other supplies to help out people who are displaced, but … Continue reading »

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 »

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