fire season

Fire season still in effect for JaCo, JoCo

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Despite a wet September in the Rogue Valley, Jackson and Josephine Counties are still in fire season. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the rain and cooler temperatures are still not consistent enough to make the call to …

Lightning: Breaking down the science

MEDFORD, Ore. — Various agencies reported thousands of lightning strikes were recorded overnight Wednesday, but what actually happens when lightning strikes? Lightning is a reaction between positive and negative ions. When a cloud gets big enough, the positive charge starts to compete …

Lightning storms end, lookout for smoke begins

MEDFORD, Ore. — The worst of the lightning might be over but work for fire crews is just beginning. The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest service upped its personnel for this week’s lightning storm, now they’re on the lookout for smoke. “We start …

Behind the scenes at Applegate Valley Fire

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore – Applegate fire joined many other local fire agencies in southern Oregon and northern California closely watching the skies today. Lightning and a red flag warning were huge concerns. NBC5 news did a ride-a-long with the Applegate Valley Fire crews. …

ODF puts eyes in the skies for smoke search

 CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — As the year’s busiest week for lightning passes, the work for crews is just beginning. “The rain initially really helped us out in keeping those fires small,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District Public Information Officer …