FireWatch

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. Our efforts culminate in FireWatch Week — enhanced coverage between July 8 and 12, encompassing our broadcasts, website, and social media presence.

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.




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Air quality alerts & updates for Southern Oregon and Northern California

Image for Prescribed burn on the Fremont-Winema National Forest

Prescribed burn on the Fremont-Winema National Forest

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This Fire Season was the shortest in two decades, Oregon officials say

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Fire Season officially ends October 1 for Jackson and Josephine counties

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ODF calls an end to Fire Season in Klamath and Lake counties

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Man convicted of starting Klamathon Fire receives sentence

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Oregon escapes relatively unscathed from height of wildfire season

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Containment jumps on 15,000-acre Poker Fire as wet weather moves in

Image for Bar Fire burning in the Klamath National Forest

Bar Fire burning in the Klamath National Forest

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PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

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Forestry officials prepare for 13,000-acre prescribed burn near Chemult

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Remembering 9/11: FDNY firefighter remembers how incident management teams helped the department

Image for Multiple small fires along Highway 66, fire officials say

Multiple small fires along Highway 66, fire officials say

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UPDATE: Containment grows on Lime Fire

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Fire Danger Level decreases to high

Image for Gopher Fire growth slows in the Sky Lakes Wilderness with damp, cool conditions

Gopher Fire growth slows in the Sky Lakes Wilderness with damp, cool conditions

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Lightning storms spark 46 reports of new fires in Josephine and Jackson counties

Image for Firefighters battle 40-acre Adobe Fire in eastern Klamath County

Firefighters battle 40-acre Adobe Fire in eastern Klamath County

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Cal Fire lifts evacuation warning for residents in Mt. Shasta Vista area

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Region sees dozens of small wildfires sparked by lightning storms

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Fire crews respond to more than a dozen lightning-started fires, all kept small

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Gyda Fire reaches 57 percent containment

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Firefighting agencies prepare for heat, wind, and lightning storms

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A firefighting Supertanker plane from the US is helping in the Amazon rainforest

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Incredible video shows how powerful fire retardant is

Image for UPDATE: All evacuations and road closures for the Mountain Fire are lifted

UPDATE: All evacuations and road closures for the Mountain Fire are lifted

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Extreme fire danger level restrictions

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Power line failure causes grass fire

Image for Sheriff: East Evans Fire started by explosion at illegal marijuana lab

Sheriff: East Evans Fire started by explosion at illegal marijuana lab

Image for Goals to fight fire with fire often fall short in US West

Goals to fight fire with fire often fall short in US West

Image for Lightning caused wildfire near Canyonville

Lightning caused wildfire near Canyonville

Image for ODF plane makes emergency landing in eastern Jackson County

ODF plane makes emergency landing in eastern Jackson County

Image for Ward Fire now 34% contained

Ward Fire now 34% contained

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Man spots lightning strike that started wildfire in the Little Applegate Complex

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Protecting your community against wildfires

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Multiple lightning-caused fires spark in the Applegate Valley

Image for Cal Fire responds to multiple roadside fires in Siskiyou County

Cal Fire responds to multiple roadside fires in Siskiyou County

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Fire danger level to increase to extreme in Jackson and Josephine counties

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UPDATE: East Evans Fire stays at 300 acres, 100% lined

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Panther Gulch Fire increases containment, acreage updated

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Types of aircrafts used to fight wildfires

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How to support the Milepost 97 firefighters

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Firefighters attack new wildfire near Sprague River

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9 firefighters injured in Milepost 97 Fire so far

Image for English Lavender Farm miles away from wildfire
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English Lavender Farm miles away from wildfire

Image for Panther Gulch Fire in Applegate now 20% contained

Panther Gulch Fire in Applegate now 20% contained

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Air tanker base in Klamath Falls sees one of its all-time busiest days

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Smoke impacts on tourism in Ashland

Image for Tucker Fire now 95% contained, same acreage size

Tucker Fire now 95% contained, same acreage size

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Morning delays will continue on I-5 in southern Douglas County

Medford
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Crater Lake
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Grants Pass
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Feels Like: 61°
Klamath Falls
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