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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Buildings destroyed, but firefighters gain on Shasta County wildfire

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Extreme fire danger level restrictions

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Power line failure causes grass fire

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

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

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Lightning caused wildfire near Canyonville

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ODF plane makes emergency landing in eastern Jackson County

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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

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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

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English Lavender Farm miles away from wildfire

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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

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Tucker Fire now 95% contained, same acreage size

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

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Firefighter injured while battling Milepost 97 fire

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Control lines hold around fire near Harriette Lake in Klamath County

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Fire officials address community members near the Milepost 97 fire

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Hwy 96 reopens as firefighters gain on two fires in Klamath National Forest

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Wildfire evacuation and closure information

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Air quality alerts & updates for Southern Oregon and Northern California

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UPDATE: Milepost 97 Wildfire is 50% contained, 100% lined

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Helicopters help flatten fire near Lost Creek Lake

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Officials: Weekend wildfire likely a 'holdover' from the Klondike Fire

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Oregon Department of Forestry created an app about fire restrictions

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Fire crews battle 100-acre wildfire south of Lakeview

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The Penninger Fire came uncomfortably close to home one year ago today

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Oregon forestry crews aid with Alaska wildfires as northern state suffers fiery summer

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Firefighters use 'indirect' strategy to contain lightning-caused Silver Creek Fire

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Hornbrook celebrates one year anniversary of returning home after the Klamathon fire

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Crews on the scene of wildfire north of Bly in Klamath County

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Red Cross helping out the community during fire season

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FIREWATCH: Fighting fire with 'ping pong balls'

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Surviving the smoke during Southern Oregon's Fire Season

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Pacific Power is trying to help the community prevent wildfires

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High Schoolers across the Rogue Valley are working on Ashland Watershed

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Preparing for Fire Season

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Insurance companies assess each home's fire risk

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Fire danger level jumps to 'High' day before 4th of July for southwest Oregon

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Fire crews knock down grass fire along I-5 west of Rogue River

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