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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. 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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Firefighters respond to slash pile fire near Greenway in Medford

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At least 11 firefighters were injured in a downtown Los Angeles fire

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Fourth southern Oregon county receives emergency drought declaration

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Oregon private timberland owners close public access to lands for Fire Season

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Motorhome 'destroyed' by fire on I-5 near Canyonville after flames spread to surrounding brush

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Fire season to start May 1st in Southwest Oregon

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Applegate Valley Fire District says fire season could be severe

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Wildfire conditions for Oregon and California may be worse, earlier than predicted

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Local experts to hold webinar series focused on wildfires and climate change

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Medford to begin enforcing grass and weed cutting ordinance on Friday

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Fire Season officially begins Friday in Jackson and Josephine counties

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Jackson County announces 'phased reopening' of county parks beginning Friday

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Oregon reports almost three times as many fires than normal so far in 2020

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Burn permits will be required in Siskiyou County starting this Friday

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Wildfire north of Rogue River now mostly contained, ODF says

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Illinois Valley Fire District putting out large brush fire

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Forestry officials ask people in southwest Oregon to halt debris burning as fire danger rises

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Fire agencies face coronavirus challenges, but keep preparing for wildfire season

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City of Ashland to buy air purifiers for 'smoke-vulnerable' residents

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Federal fire agency predicts 'significant large fire potential' for Pacific Northwest this summer

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Firefighters respond to early-morning fire at Grants Pass Italian restaurant

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Forest Service hits pause on prescribed burns throughout the Pacific Northwest

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Firefighters respond to escaped burns in Josephine County

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Oregon Forestry agency says it will soon run out of money

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Local Forest Service staff write home from firefighting excursion in Australia

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Firefighters from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will head to Australia

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Poor air quality from prescribed burns forces school evacuation in Chiloquin area

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Firefighters from Oregon and Washington head off to fight Australian wildfires

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Rural Metro Fire says a local timber management company will be conducting controlled burns this weekend

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Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

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Report: Oregon wildfire costs 'will exceed tens of billions' over 20 years

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A year after deadly fire, Paradise pauses to remember

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The Rogue Valley Strike team is back home

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Rural Metro Fire says ODF is mopping up a 1.5 acre fire on Walker Mt.

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Stolen trailer from Milepost 97 Wildfire found

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Why Pacific Power does not have any Public Safety Power Shutoffs planned in our region

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Winds spur scattered Southern Oregon wildfires, escaped burns

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Rural Metro Fire says they want you to hold off on open and barrel burning

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Oregon firefighter strike teams begin work on California fire lines

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15 strike teams from Oregon are helping battle the wildfires in California

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ODF is mopping up an eight acre wildfire near Hugo

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Siskiyou County could be impacted by next round of PG&E Public Safety Shutoffs

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UPDATE: Heppsie Mountain Fire now more than 20 acres, management turned over to BLM

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PG&E announces another round of power shutoffs in California counties

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Firefighters mopping up wildfire north of Rogue River

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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

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 3967

Reported Deaths: 148
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah105258
Marion91425
Washington69817
Clackamas29610
Deschutes1200
Linn1159
Umatilla1123
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill667
Jackson600
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine251
Douglas250
Jefferson240
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Crook60
Curry60
Union60
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 99387

Reported Deaths: 3819
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles478452145
Riverside7139303
San Diego6797249
Orange5578131
San Bernardino4567176
Alameda298693
Santa Clara2675139
San Francisco239940
San Mateo190482
Kern187629
Tulare177179
Santa Barbara155112
Fresno148222
Contra Costa135337
Imperial135224
Sacramento131056
Ventura91230
San Joaquin77133
Kings6882
Stanislaus65928
Sonoma5154
Solano45520
Monterey4298
Marin41714
Merced2687
San Luis Obispo2631
Santa Cruz2002
Yolo19822
Placer1889
Napa1093
Humboldt942
Madera852
El Dorado780
San Benito762
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Del Norte400
Shasta364
Mono341
Yuba281
Mendocino220
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Lake140
Calaveras140
Glenn120
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Plumas40
Lassen40
Tuolumne30
Tehama31
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
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Hi: 91° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 57°
Brookings
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 52°
Crater Lake
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Hi: 82° Lo: 54°
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Clear
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Hi: 90° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 57°
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Hi: 85° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 53°
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