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Wildfire smoke affects harvest season

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Farming comes with all kinds of challenges. Not enough rain, too much rain, harmful insects and something Rogue Valley farmers have become all too familiar with: smoke. “It’s ready to be harvested. There’s no smoke smell to it at …

Air quality advisory extended for southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Air quality advisories were extended throughout much of southern Oregon Monday afternoon. The advisory was in effect for Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties. Klamath County Public Health said the air quality index was so bad Monday morning it was …

Porch catches fire in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Around 6 a.m., Grants Pass Fire Rescue was called out to a structure fire on the 500 block of SW Western Avenue. The fire was on the front porch of a home. Neighbors who spotted the flames reported …

Prescribed burns planned in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Ore. – It’s been a relatively uneventful fire season in southwestern Oregon, with significantly less acreage burned this past summer compared to season. And, with the latest weather forecast, some forest managers are transitioning from fire season to “prescribed fire …

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 …

Smokeless skies bring last-minute tourists

ASHLAND, Ore – With the fear of smoke, tourism has become less predictable in summer in Southern Oregon. Ashland summers are typically filled with visitors from out of town but after smoke filled summers the last couple years, August tourism took a big …