ODF Slammed with Tracking Storms

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An unusually hot and dry summer is putting the heat on fire crews. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working around the clock to monitor fires ignited by lightning. They say they’ve even called in help from other districts to aid in tracking efforts. A Red Flag Warning was issued through Tuesday … Continue reading »

Dexter Fire Fully Lined

DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning has ignited 51 new wildfires in Oregon, and storms are forecast to continue through Wednesday. The new fires are burning across 11 square miles. The two biggest are in eastern Oregon. Closer to home, crews are now mopping up the Dexter fire. Staff say most of the fires started Sunday night … Continue reading »

Lightning Strikes Medford Neighborhood

MEDFORD, Ore. — Neighbors in a Medford cul-de-sac are still shaken after lightning hit a tree, sparking a fire at the end of their street. Monday’s thunderstorms generated at least 80 lightning strikes in Jackson County. Neighbors on Sandberg Court said they felt the normal rumbles of thunder after work Monday at around 5 p.m. But … Continue reading »

Lightning Starts Fires in Lebanon

LEBANON, Ore. — Firefighters responded to two grass fires Sunday night in Lebanon that they say started from lightning strikes. They say both fires were in grass fields just outside of town. The Lebanon Fire Department says while on the way to one fire – they spotted another one nearby. Firefighters say both fires were … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparked Fire Burns Near Dexter

DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning strikes have sparked new wildfires in the Willamette Valley, including a fire burning near the town of Dexter. The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday about a dozen new fires were started overnight by the lightning. Crews say the Dexter fire has burned about 20 acres so far, and they feel … Continue reading »

Sunburn Dangers

(CNN) — What makes sunshine cause cancer? Too much of the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin’s DNA causing some parts to literally get glued together and malfunction. If this happens over and over again, this can lead to cancer. “Anything that causes DNA damage is a carcinogen, which means it causes cancer,” said … Continue reading »

Wildfires Burning in Oregon, California

Here is a list of some of the fires burning in Oregon and California with acreage, containment levels, location and any evacuations you need to be aware of as of Wednesday morning. The Beaver Complex containing  The Oregon Gulch Fire - Cascade-Siskiyou Nat’l Monument – 36,568 acres - 35% contained – Lightning caused The Salt Creek Fire – Wimer – 155 … Continue reading »

Wildfire Smoke Causes Hazy Skies

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County residents might notice a bit of a haze in the sky because of wildfires burning in southern Oregon and even northern California. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) says most people don’t need to worry. Air quality is still in the good range, even though the smoke is causing … Continue reading »

Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

25 Acres Burning Inside Crater Lake Park

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Fire is burning 25 acres inside Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday morning and there is no containment at this time. According to officials at Crater Lake, on July 22, the park received numerous lightning strikes. On July 28, at about 11:15 a.m. a fire was … Continue reading »

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