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Fire crews battle six small fires near Merlin

Merlin, Ore. — Firefighters in Josephine county spent Sunday morning working to contain several small fires that sparked near Merlin. Rural Metro Fire reported six fires, each under 1/10 of an acre, on the side of Interstate 5.  A southbound lane of …

Car fire spreads to nearby BLM land

Josephine County, Ore.- A vehicle fire spread to BLM land in rural Josephine County Monday night. Rural Metro Fire was dispatched after someone called 911 reporting a Ford SUV had caught fire several miles up Granite Hill Rd.  According to Rural Metro …

Last man at the lookout tower

Jackson County, Ore.-  He’s the last one left. Vic Rooney is the last person working a manned ODF fire tower in Jackson County. Everyday during fire season he wakes up and has one thing on his mind. Vic’s been working in forestry since …

ODF prepares for possible lightning-sparked fires

Central Point, Ore. –Southern Oregon could be in for thunder and lightning on Friday evening, following devastating storms last week. The Oregon Department of Forestry says it’s wet enough that lightning probably won’t start forest fires, but that doesn’t mean crews aren’t …

Fire danger lowers to “high”

Medford, Ore. — Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will bring the fire danger level down to “high” on Thursday. The Oregon Department of Forestry says some fire restrictions are still in place in Jackson and Josephine counties. No debris burning, sky lanterns …
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