Steep Terrain Challenging Firefighters

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – People living near another lightning-sparked wildfire have been told to be ready to leave if conditions worsen. The Old Blue Mountain Fire was sparked by lightning Monday night, about eight miles south of Rogue River. The fire has burned about 60 acres, and is 15 percent contained. Level 1 evacuation notices … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … Continue reading »

Fight for Timber Salvage Continues

SHADY COVE, Ore. – Timber salvaging is still underway months after fire season came to a close. But many of the tens of thousands of acres burned remain off limits. BLM lands like the area near timbered rock are filled with towering snags, left over from the last major fire over a decade ago. Some … Continue reading »