Saturday, July 5, 2014

Busy Night for ODF Engine Crews

Just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, engine crews from ODF's Grants Pass and Medford units were dispatched to a series of grass fires, many of which were caused by fireworks. Most of the fires were extinguished at less than a tenth of an acre in size. 

The fires in Josephine County were scattered from Merlin to Selma to Williams. In Jackson County, crews responded to fires along Table Rock Rd, inside the city limits of Medford and up on Anderson Butte.

The fire calls trickled to nearly nothing by midnight. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Type 3 Helo Arrives at Medford ODF

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Medford Unit welcomed a Type III helicopter onto its helipad this morning. It is on contract to the unit through fire season, and can be used to transport firefighters, haul and drop buckets of water onto fires, and fly reconnaissance missions.

A larger Type II helicopter will be arriving in a few days, adding to the Southwest Oregon District's air power fire-fighting arsenal.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Campfire Tips

Campers! Be sure to completely extinguish your campfire before going to bed or leaving camp. Always have a shovel and a bucket of water near to the fire pit. To extinguish the fire, use the shovel to separate and break apart burning wood, pour water over the wood and the embers (don't get burned by the steam!) and use the shovel to mix the water and the hot coals together. Don't leave the campsite until there is no more smoke showing and the drowned coals are cool to the touch.

Also, remember that campfires are only allowed in fire pits in designated campgrounds. Never burn garbage; either put trash into garbage cans at the campground or take the trash home with you for disposal. Help to Keep Oregon Green.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lightning Skips ODF's SWO District

Thunderheads loomed large late Tuesday along the Oregon-California border but no lightning crept into Jackson or Josephine counties' forestlands. As such, no lightning-caused fires were reported overnight on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District. Yesterday's thunderstorms veered east into Klamath County, then went north-northwest into Douglas and Lane counties.

Today, the National Weather Service says there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the southern Cascades with most of the lightning predicted to take place in Klamath and Lake counties.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Red Flag Warning for Thunderstorms in S. Cascades

The National Weather Service has posted a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms in the southern end of the Cascade Range. The prime time for lightning activity starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. To read the forecast, see the NWS Fire Weather Forecast page. ODF's Southwest Oregon District is within weather zones 620, 621, 622 and 623. Also ODF has posted a printable map of the fire weather zones across Oregon that is suitable for framing.

Thunderstorms are also expected today across much of Northern California, and the east side of the Cascade Range in Oregon.

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Pocket Card And Fire Stats

Good Morning,

With last week’s rain we saw a significant drop in our ERC values and an increase in fuel moisture. These changes are only temporary as continued hot and dry weather will persist over the area this week moving into the independence day weekend. Please visit SWO Fire Data to view the latest Pocket Card and stats sheet.