Fire Danger: “Extreme”

WEATHER DISCUSSION Fire danger was moved to “Extreme” or Red for Jackson and Josephine Counties. Consecutive days in the triple digits has dried us out significantly and with the afternoon winds and thunderstorm activity continuing, threat for wildfire and rapid spreading is at an all-time high. High pressure over the region is keeping a lid on the … Continue reading »

Record Temperatures in Jeopardy

WEATHER DISCUSSION Quite a week we’ve had, weather wise, this week with the hot temperatures to start. Then, we received a weak cold front that lowered temperatures a bit, and brought in afternoon thunderstorms and dry lightning. Some of that dry lightning caused wildfires in Northern California and east of the Cascades. We closed out … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to 34 Fires

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Inter-agency fire crews are continuing to mop-up on lands where lightning struck and started a fire for the past 36 hours. Firefighters have responded to 34 confirmed fires in the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership area (SCOFMP) since July 1, with three new fires being reported since 12 a.m. July 3. … Continue reading »

Calif. Governor Blames Climate Change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at “the epicenter” of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes. The Democratic governor spoke Monday at a conference about climate change. His address comes as scientists warn that a hotter climate will lead … Continue reading »

California Fires Nearing Containment

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say they expect the most destructive of Southern California’s recent wildfires to be fully contained by Thursday. The fire in northern San Diego County is about 90 percent surrounded Monday. State fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler says crews are busy checking for hotspots. The fire erupted Wednesday in San Marcos … Continue reading »

School Safety a Concern During Wildfires

DAYS CREEK, Ore. – As firefighting activity remains high, officials on the Whiskey Complex are urging crews to watch out for school kids. Schools like Days Creek Charter School were just a short distance from where the fires were burning at their peak. Now they’re not-so-conveniently located in the middle of fire traffic. Trucks drive … Continue reading »

New Fire Starts Despite Heavy Rains

MEDFORD, Ore. – Heavy rains over the weekend helped suppression efforts on lightning-induced fires around the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, but two new fires were still discovered. Crews responded to the Winchuck Fire on the Gold Beach Ranger District, about a ¼ of an acre in size, as well as a fire on the High … Continue reading »

Wednesday Wildfire Information

Below is the most up to date information regarding the wildfires burning across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Whiskey Complex — 17,339 acres, 75% containment, 453 personnel The Umpqua National Forest has revised the Forest Order near the Whiskey Complex by reopening parts of the closure area. South Umpqua Road (Forest Service Road 28) and … Continue reading »

Labrador Fire Proving To Be An Anomaly

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Officials are calling it an anomaly as a nearly stagnant Labrador Fire is forcing crews onto the sidelines. The roughly 2,000-acre fire has barely changed in size in the past week, but containment remains at 0%. Now officials say a shift in strategy could be on the way. The fire has … Continue reading »

Monday Wildfire Update

Below is the most up to date information on the wildfires, closures and evacuation orders in place across Southern Oregon and Northern California.   Big Windy Complex – 15,278 acres, 15% containment, 1,417 personnel A Level 2 evacuation is in place from the Marial Lodge, along the Rogue River east to Grave Creek, then north and … Continue reading »

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