Hot Weather Affects Solar Panels

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Tuesday’s above average temperatures meant below average production for one industry. Tom McDowell with Rogue Solar in Medford said one of the largest misconceptions about solar energy is that on hot days, panels will produce more energy. In reality, high temperatures actually produce significantly less energy than they would on an average day. … Continue reading »

Lightning Storms Start Small Fire

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – A lightning storm moved over Douglas County early Wednesday morning. Approximately 85 lightning strikes have been recorded on the Douglas District, ranging in location from the Azalea area, to Glide, according to the Douglas Fire Protection Association (DFPA). One fire has been located near Days Creek.  DFPA has firefighters looking through the … Continue reading »

Fun in the Sun

EUGENE, Ore. — For most of you it’s the hottest day of the summer, and people are taking advantage of the heat. City pools and parks were packed Tuesday, especially at Skinner Butte Park. Kids were certainly enjoying the water playground. Families say it was the perfect day to head to the park. “They love … Continue reading »

How to Protect Car, Home in Hot Weather

MEDFORD, Ore. –  With temperatures pushing triple digits this week, technicians have tips to get your car and home ready for the hot weather. When the temperatures heat up, most people automatically think about adjusting the thermostat or blasting the air conditioning in their car, which technicians say might not be the best idea when hot weather … Continue reading »

NASA: US Air Quality Has Improved

(CNN) — Something major has changed for millions of Americans over the last decade, and many of us don’t even know it. The quality of the air we breathe has apparently improved dramatically. New satellite pictures from NASA dial back doom-and-gloom predictions about our air quality. The progression map shows, by at least one measure, … Continue reading »

Hay Baler Damaged in Goshen Grass Fire

Goshen, Ore. — Warm temperatures and dry conditions posed a challenge to firefighters who battled a grass fire at a Goshen farm Monday afternoon. Crews from Goshen and Pleasant Hill Fire Districts, along with South Lane Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry, responded to the emergency around 12:45 p.m., after someone reported … Continue reading »

Bryant Fire Burns East of Klamath Falls

BONANZA, Ore. — The Bryant Fire east of Klamath Falls has burned more than 1,300 acres now, but crews are gaining control, attacking by air and using a nearby canal for water. Small smoke towers can be seen coming off of the mountains near the small town of Bonanza. Hand crews are on the ground … Continue reading »

Two Bulls Fire 100% Contained

BEND, Ore. — The Two Bulls Fire burning west of Bend is now 100 percent contained. About 6,900 acres of land has been charred. The cost to fight the fire has reached $5.7 million. All evacuations have been lifted. The reward to find those responsible for starting the blaze is at nearly $37,000.

Two Bulls Fire 70% Contained

BEND, Ore. — The reward to find those responsible for starting the Two Bulls Fire near Bend continues to grow. At last check, it’s nearly $37,000. The fire is now 70 percent contained, and all evacuation notices and alerts have been lifted. The cost of fighting that fire is up to $4.9 million.

Two Bulls Fire: 55% Contained Thursday

Bend, Ore. — Fire crews have passed the half-way point in containment efforts of the Two Bulls Fire, burning west of Bend. According to the Central Oregon Fire Information Center website, the wildfire is 55% contained as of Thursday morning. Crews say that means the fire will not grow larger that its current 6,908-acre size. … Continue reading »

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