lightning fires

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 …

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 …

The July 15th lightning fires, one year later

MEDFORD, Ore. — One year after thousands of lightning strikes sparked hundreds of fires, the impact is still being felt today. The fires kicked off the worst of southern Oregon and northern California’s 2018 fire season.”It was a challenging day for everyone,” …