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 »

Crews Clear Out Oregon Gulch Fire Camp

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of fire crews with the Oregon Department of Forestry are clearing out the Oregon Gulch Fire camp at Howard Prairie Resort east of Ashland. The fire is 100% contained now and several dozen crews will stay on the campground through the weekend to continue the mop up process. But the … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Complex Brings Thick Smoke

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. –  An estimated 20 fires make up the Happy Camp Complex each of which is sending thick smoke  into the sky and while the fires continue to be fought, the fire camp continues to grow. Thick smoke in Happy Camp had Bonita Thom wearing a mask as she worked outside helping her … Continue reading »

Helitack Base to Set Up In Cave Junction

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — No exact timeline has been given, but the Illinois Valley airport is now ready to go for the helicopters to move in. The Grants Pass and Illinois Valley airports are no stranger to hosting air attack during fire season and this year will be no different. Last year, both airport locations … Continue reading »

Rogue River Rd Fire Now Six Times Larger

10:30AM UPDATE: New Estimates put the fire at 600 acres, 10% containment. 229 people are working the fire, along with 8 helicopters and 3 airtankers. SHADY COVE, Ore. — Fire Crews battling the fire near Shady Cove are taking advantage of the rain’s help reinforcing the south side of the fire where it grew out … Continue reading »

A Look at Oregon Gulch Fire Camp

NEAR THE GREEN SPRINGS, Ore. — The Oregon Gulch Fire camp is like a small city. As logistical crews bring in more resources for fire crews during their downtime, the fire itself is slowing down. A few crews and some pieces of equipment are now heading to other fires. The big challenge in the next … Continue reading »

Update on Wildfire Evacuation Notices

The current evacuation levels for areas affected by the Oregon Gulch Fire in the Beaver Creek Complex have been adjusted. Officials are citing the hard work of firefighters and cooperative weather as reasons for the change in evacuation notices. Jackson County Addresses from the 6,000 block on COPCO ROAD and south to the Oregon border … Continue reading »

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