Tag Archives: Southern Oregon

Still a long, and winding, road to California

Traffic was moving slowly but smoothly up and down Interstate 5 in Northern California Monday after transportation officials reopened portions of the vital West Coast link closed by the Delta fire. Traffic started flowing again between Redding and Mount Shasta Monday morning, with one lane in each direction through the 17 miles traversing the Delta […]
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Lane County firefighters head to Hugo Road Fire, help protect Southern Oregon homes

Fire crews from Lane County traveled south to help protect homes threatened by a wildfire Monday in Southern Oregon. The 14 firefighters joined the fight of the Hugo Road Fire near Grants Pass, said Damon Simmons, a spokesman with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal. Source: Lane County firefighters head to Hugo Road Fire, […]
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Klondike Fire grows to 100,000 acres, becomes official megafire

For the second year in a row, a wilderness area in southwest Oregon has given birth to a megafire. The Klondike Fire grew to 100,000 acres Wednesday night, leading to its classification as a megafire. Source: Klondike Fire grows to 100,000 acres, becomes official megafire

Oregon wildfires: Crews save homes from Ramsey Canyon Fire

A weather system bringing cooler marine air from over the Pacific Ocean and increased humidity helped subdue fire activity across Oregon this weekend. Friday night saw crews save several structures as fire descended from high on a ridge on the Ramsey Canyon Fire. Source: Oregon wildfires: Crews save homes from Ramsey Canyon Fire

Southern Oregon wildfires continue to grow

The newest wildfire in Southern Oregon continued to grow Friday, while the area’s largest blaze continues a slow burn. The Ramsey Canyon Fire (1,861 acres, 17 percent contained) and the Klondike Fire (approximately 82,015 acres, 39 percent contained) remain the two most noteworthy wildfires in the state’s southern half. Source: Southern Oregon wildfires continue to […]
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Southern Oregon’s hottest summers on record fuel multiple wildfires

The five hottest months of July ever recorded in Medford have all taken place in the last six years, according to the National Weather Service. And eight of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2000. While there’s nothing unusual about boiling temperatures in Southern Oregon, the last half-decade has smashed heat records on a regular basis. […]
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Southern Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to smoke

Wildfire smoke in southern Oregon is forcing organizations that are dependent on tourist dollars to scramble for other options. Source: Southern Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to smoke

Southern Oregon fires: Air quality remains brutal as smoke envelops Rogue Valley

Crews working to contain fires in Southern Oregon received an assist from weather conditions ahead of an expected jump in high temperatures this week. Source: Southern Oregon fires: Air quality remains brutal as smoke envelops Rogue Valley

Fire costs estimated at $135 million

Fires that continue to rage in Southern Oregon this summer have so far racked up a more than $135 million bill, about three-quarters of the dollars spent to battle fires throughout Oregon this season. Southern Oregon’s remote and rugged wilderness areas have made it particularly difficult to stamp out the 13 major local blazes, adding […]
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Southern Oregon fires: Taylor Creek, Klondike fires torch more land

Two major fires burning near Grants Pass in Southern Oregon continued to torch more land this weekend. Containment of the Taylor Creek Fire rose to 38 percent, though the Klondike Fire remained 5 percent contained, according to fire officials. Source: Southern Oregon fires: Taylor Creek, Klondike fires torch more land