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Wildfire is one of the most serious threats to Southern Oregon. The past few summers especially have resulted in significant fires — bringing relentless smoke and air quality concerns to our area, in addition to the obvious devastation of natural resources, wildlife habitat, and property.

Whether fires happen close to town or in very remote parts of our our region, they are a serious concern. NewsWatch 12 works to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage every day of the year so that you can keep your families safe and prepared in the face of wildfire.

You'll find everything you need to stay in the know right here on our FireWatch page, on our broadcast livestream, our Facebook page, Twitter or under #FireWatch.

Image for FireWatch: Antelope Fire moves toward Tennant in Siskiyou County

FireWatch: Antelope Fire moves toward Tennant in Siskiyou County

Image for Dutch Bros donates more than $15K to Red Cross for Bootleg Fire support

Dutch Bros donates more than $15K to Red Cross for Bootleg Fire support

Image for FireWatch: Lightning-caused fires near Shady Cove and Trail fully lined

FireWatch: Lightning-caused fires near Shady Cove and Trail fully lined

Image for Air quality alerts & updates for Southern Oregon and Northern California

Air quality alerts & updates for Southern Oregon and Northern California

Image for FireWatch: Service Masters in Medford offers free refrigerator disposal for Bootleg Fire survivors
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FireWatch: Service Masters in Medford offers free refrigerator disposal for Bootleg Fire survivors

Image for FireWatch: Emergency evacuation ramp in the works for I-5 in Ashland
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FireWatch: Emergency evacuation ramp in the works for I-5 in Ashland

Image for FireWatch: Infrared flights find more lightning fires in southern Oregon as crews work on containment

FireWatch: Infrared flights find more lightning fires in southern Oregon as crews work on containment

Image for FireWatch: Evacuations spread as fires in Siskiyou County continue to grow

FireWatch: Evacuations spread as fires in Siskiyou County continue to grow

Image for FireWatch: Thunderstorms bring hundreds of lightning strikes to southern Oregon, sparking dozens of fires
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FireWatch: Thunderstorms bring hundreds of lightning strikes to southern Oregon, sparking dozens of fires

Image for FireWatch: Bootleg Fire containment at 84 percent as crews hold and reinforce fire lines
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FireWatch: Bootleg Fire containment at 84 percent as crews hold and reinforce fire lines

Image for FireWatch: Evacuation orders issued due to lightning fires in Siskiyou County

FireWatch: Evacuation orders issued due to lightning fires in Siskiyou County

Image for Smokejumpers on standby in the Rogue Valley this weekend

Smokejumpers on standby in the Rogue Valley this weekend

Image for Evacuation Warnings issued for  Forks of Salmon and Sawyers Bar areas

Evacuation Warnings issued for Forks of Salmon and Sawyers Bar areas

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ODF Southwest responding to multiple fires across Jackson and Josephine Counties

Image for Firefighters halt fire's growth in Sunny Valley

Firefighters halt fire's growth in Sunny Valley

Image for McFarland Fire in California is more than 2,000 acres and 5% contained.

McFarland Fire in California is more than 2,000 acres and 5% contained.

Image for Firefighters increase containment on Bootleg Fire for third day in a row; containment now stands at 84%

Firefighters increase containment on Bootleg Fire for third day in a row; containment now stands at 84%

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The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Service responds to lightning fires

Image for ODF knocks down 14 lightning caused fires in two days

ODF knocks down 14 lightning caused fires in two days

Image for Containment on the Bootleg explodes to 74%, 18% increase in about 24 hours

Containment on the Bootleg explodes to 74%, 18% increase in about 24 hours

Image for ODF prepared for possible fire starts over the next few weeks from lightning strikes

ODF prepared for possible fire starts over the next few weeks from lightning strikes

Image for Fire crews still responding to lightning-sparked fires in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Fire crews still responding to lightning-sparked fires in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Image for Bootleg Fire crews prepare for 'rowdy fire day' as storms return

Bootleg Fire crews prepare for 'rowdy fire day' as storms return

Image for Firefighters responding to lightning strikes in Siskiyou and Jackson counties

Firefighters responding to lightning strikes in Siskiyou and Jackson counties

Image for ODF's Klamath fire equipment building gutted by flames

ODF's Klamath fire equipment building gutted by flames

Image for Evacuation warning again issued in Siskiyou County for flash flooding

Evacuation warning again issued in Siskiyou County for flash flooding

Image for Bootleg Fire flares quickly back to life in spite of recent rains
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Bootleg Fire flares quickly back to life in spite of recent rains

Image for Governor Brown tours Bootleg Fire camp near Bly
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Governor Brown tours Bootleg Fire camp near Bly

Image for Rain and humidity grants a reprieve to Bootleg Fire crews
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Rain and humidity grants a reprieve to Bootleg Fire crews

Image for Siskiyou County issues evacuation warning due to flash flooding in Lava Fire burn scar

Siskiyou County issues evacuation warning due to flash flooding in Lava Fire burn scar

Image for Bootleg Fire evacuation orders lifted in Klamath County
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Bootleg Fire evacuation orders lifted in Klamath County

Image for Federal agencies increase fire danger restrictions across southern Oregon

Federal agencies increase fire danger restrictions across southern Oregon

Image for The Bootleg Fire has destroyed 161 homes, fire officials say

The Bootleg Fire has destroyed 161 homes, fire officials say

Image for Jackson County adds new evacuation updates to emergency alert system

Jackson County adds new evacuation updates to emergency alert system

Image for Firefighters work to button up the Bootleg Fire's northern frontier
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Firefighters work to button up the Bootleg Fire's northern frontier

Image for ODF: Redwood Highway Fire caused by catalytic converter

ODF: Redwood Highway Fire caused by catalytic converter

Image for Redwood Highway Fire 100% contained

Redwood Highway Fire 100% contained

Image for Bootleg Fire burns 409,611 acres, 53% contained

Bootleg Fire burns 409,611 acres, 53% contained

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Redwood Highway Fire 45% Contained

Image for Civilian helps put out flames after RV caught fire

Civilian helps put out flames after RV caught fire

Image for Bootleg Fire burns 408,930 acres, 46% contained

Bootleg Fire burns 408,930 acres, 46% contained

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Redwood Highway Fire burning along Highway-199 near Selma

Image for Tornado confirmed on perimeter of Bootleg Fire

Tornado confirmed on perimeter of Bootleg Fire

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Teen arrested following Rolling Hills Fire in Douglas County

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Lava Fire expected to be fully contained by August 1st

Image for Bootleg Fire burns 401,601 acres, 42% containment

Bootleg Fire burns 401,601 acres, 42% containment

Image for 'I just couldn’t believe it': Bootleg Fire leaves lasting impacts on Sycan Estates area
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'I just couldn’t believe it': Bootleg Fire leaves lasting impacts on Sycan Estates area

Image for Bootleg Fire surpasses 400,000 acres, pushing east toward Summer Lake

Bootleg Fire surpasses 400,000 acres, pushing east toward Summer Lake

Image for Woman's prison sentence reduced thanks to hard work against 2020 Oregon wildfires

Woman's prison sentence reduced thanks to hard work against 2020 Oregon wildfires

Image for Nine Bootleg firefighters test positive for COVID-19
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Nine Bootleg firefighters test positive for COVID-19

Image for Bootleg Fire now the third-largest in modern Oregon history
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Bootleg Fire now the third-largest in modern Oregon history

Image for Firefighters try to help bear cub discovered alone in the Bootleg Fire burn area

Firefighters try to help bear cub discovered alone in the Bootleg Fire burn area

Image for Oregon senators introduce three wildfire bills

Oregon senators introduce three wildfire bills

Image for Campfires banned in Oregon state parks and forests east of I-5 starting Thursday
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Campfires banned in Oregon state parks and forests east of I-5 starting Thursday

Image for A cold front is pushing away smoke from wildfires that blanketed the East Coast. But it could return again soon

A cold front is pushing away smoke from wildfires that blanketed the East Coast. But it could return again soon

Image for Fire crews save monument to 1945 Bly balloon bombing from Bootleg Fire
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Fire crews save monument to 1945 Bly balloon bombing from Bootleg Fire

Image for Bootleg Fire sparked by lightning, fire officials say
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Bootleg Fire sparked by lightning, fire officials say

Image for Bootleg Fire tops 388,000 acres, forcing fire crews to fall back for tenth straight day

Bootleg Fire tops 388,000 acres, forcing fire crews to fall back for tenth straight day

Image for Wildfire strike team comes to the Rogue Valley to support local departments during wildfires
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Wildfire strike team comes to the Rogue Valley to support local departments during wildfires

Image for Firefighter who went missing on the Bootleg Fire found by search teams
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Firefighter who went missing on the Bootleg Fire found by search teams

Image for Bootleg Fire grows to more than 343,000 acres, testing fire lines
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Bootleg Fire grows to more than 343,000 acres, testing fire lines

Image for Sheriff: Property owner charged after 'shots fired' near fire crews on Bootleg Fire
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Sheriff: Property owner charged after 'shots fired' near fire crews on Bootleg Fire

Image for Medford Police investigating the origins of Sunday's fire on the Greenway
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Medford Police investigating the origins of Sunday's fire on the Greenway

Image for Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest braces for potential thunderstorms

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest braces for potential thunderstorms

Image for Shasta Elementary hosts drive-through food drive for Bootleg Fire evacuees

Shasta Elementary hosts drive-through food drive for Bootleg Fire evacuees

Image for Bootleg Fire becomes 4th wildfire to surpass 300,000 acres in the modern history of Oregon

Bootleg Fire becomes 4th wildfire to surpass 300,000 acres in the modern history of Oregon

Image for Klamath County Sheriff's Office investigating shots fired near Bootleg Fire

Klamath County Sheriff's Office investigating shots fired near Bootleg Fire

Image for Grass fire on Bear Creek Greenway now contained

Grass fire on Bear Creek Greenway now contained

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The Bootleg Fire burns nearly 300,000 acres

Image for Bootleg Fire nearing 300,000 acres, officials state the fire could be even larger

Bootleg Fire nearing 300,000 acres, officials state the fire could be even larger

Image for Evacuation orders reduced for Sycan Estates near Bootleg Fire

Evacuation orders reduced for Sycan Estates near Bootleg Fire

Image for Woman arrested for setting small fires in Eugene

Woman arrested for setting small fires in Eugene

Image for US Wildfires have already burned one million acres of land

US Wildfires have already burned one million acres of land

Image for Bootleg Fire moving 'four to five miles' every day

Bootleg Fire moving 'four to five miles' every day

Image for Containment on the Jack Fire reaches 35%

Containment on the Jack Fire reaches 35%

Image for Multi-state firefighter strike team heads for the Rogue Valley

Multi-state firefighter strike team heads for the Rogue Valley

Image for Highway 138E in Douglas County reopens after lengthy Jack Fire closure

Highway 138E in Douglas County reopens after lengthy Jack Fire closure

Image for California firefighters stage in Ashland as support during Extreme fire danger
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California firefighters stage in Ashland as support during Extreme fire danger

Image for Fire crews increase containment to 22% on massive Bootleg Fire
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Fire crews increase containment to 22% on massive Bootleg Fire

Image for Siskiyou County Sheriff identifies man killed by officers during Lava Fire evacuations
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Siskiyou County Sheriff identifies man killed by officers during Lava Fire evacuations

Image for Lake County airport confronts jet fuel shortage during Bootleg Fire efforts
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Lake County airport confronts jet fuel shortage during Bootleg Fire efforts

Image for Lake County evacuations grow as Bootleg Fire spreads east
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Lake County evacuations grow as Bootleg Fire spreads east

Image for Medford food cart goes east to feed Bootleg Fire evacuees
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Medford food cart goes east to feed Bootleg Fire evacuees

Image for Senator Jeff Merkley is pushing for the Fiscal Year 2022 Defense Appropriations Bill

Senator Jeff Merkley is pushing for the Fiscal Year 2022 Defense Appropriations Bill

Image for Crews work to reopen Highway 138E in Douglas County as Jack Fire smolders

Crews work to reopen Highway 138E in Douglas County as Jack Fire smolders

Image for Klamath County School District to host community lunch at Bly evacuee site

Klamath County School District to host community lunch at Bly evacuee site

Image for Bootleg Fire sees first signs of containment, but extreme conditions remain

Bootleg Fire sees first signs of containment, but extreme conditions remain

Image for Bootleg Fire burns toward Lake County, prompting new evacuations
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Bootleg Fire burns toward Lake County, prompting new evacuations

Image for Bootleg Fire emergency closure expanded

Bootleg Fire emergency closure expanded

Image for Tennant Fire now 100 percent contained at 10,580 acres

Tennant Fire now 100 percent contained at 10,580 acres

Image for The Bootleg Fire claims multiple homes and dozens of other structures
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The Bootleg Fire claims multiple homes and dozens of other structures

Image for Fire danger level increasing to 'Extreme' in Jackson and Josephine counties

Fire danger level increasing to 'Extreme' in Jackson and Josephine counties

Image for SOEA and Project Spirt helping with animal evacuations from Bootleg Fire

SOEA and Project Spirt helping with animal evacuations from Bootleg Fire

Image for Bradley Fire sparks near McCloud

Bradley Fire sparks near McCloud

Image for The Jack Fire grows to more than 10,000 acres

The Jack Fire grows to more than 10,000 acres

Image for The Bootleg Fire grows to more than 140,000 acres, no containment

The Bootleg Fire grows to more than 140,000 acres, no containment

Image for Updated emergency fire closure in effect for Bootleg Fire

Updated emergency fire closure in effect for Bootleg Fire

Image for Rural Metro Firefighters stop vehicle fire from spreading into Murphy community

Rural Metro Firefighters stop vehicle fire from spreading into Murphy community

Image for California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West

California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West

Image for Klamath County Sheriff's office involvement in Bootleg evacuations

Klamath County Sheriff's office involvement in Bootleg evacuations

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 224547

Reported Deaths: 2877
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah42425618
Washington28176259
Marion24842333
Clackamas20349243
Lane15401176
Jackson13240160
Deschutes1074187
Umatilla988394
Linn644882
Yamhill515882
Klamath498279
Douglas479594
Polk440457
Josephine438076
Malheur370967
Benton354822
Jefferson252842
Coos241040
Columbia213732
Union175924
Wasco160631
Lincoln159122
Crook144724
Hood River128934
Morrow125017
Clatsop123711
Baker116018
Curry86512
Tillamook7985
Grant5657
Lake4868
Harney46611
Wallowa2486
Gilliam881
Sherman872
Wheeler491
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4003787

Reported Deaths: 64620
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles131165624721
Riverside3112424667
San Bernardino3095025265
San Diego3011003805
Orange2856205146
Santa Clara1245862183
Sacramento1178311790
Kern1143421428
Fresno1057321746
Alameda980131290
Ventura845891046
Contra Costa78084836
San Joaquin776151461
Stanislaus666191097
Tulare50731854
San Mateo45255588
Monterey44651528
San Francisco41758565
Solano36525261
Santa Barbara36106469
Sonoma33414331
Merced33321485
Imperial29333746
Placer25624307
Kings23790251
San Luis Obispo22356267
Madera17220249
Santa Cruz16779207
Yolo15149215
Marin15039243
Butte13523205
Shasta13179242
El Dorado11312121
Napa1055282
Sutter10343127
Yuba712950
San Benito632664
Tehama592766
Lassen590526
Nevada568575
Humboldt535154
Mendocino485652
Tuolumne469173
Lake440866
Amador395348
Siskiyou259640
Glenn248127
Colusa238118
Calaveras235658
Del Norte174710
Inyo148238
Mono13395
Plumas7926
Modoc5767
Mariposa5377
Trinity4696
Sierra1370
Alpine910
Unassigned810
Medford
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