wildfire 2018

Oregon Department of Forestry

After nearly a week of fighting dozens of lightning-caused fires, agencies in several levels of government announced plans to better coordinate the firefighting.

Geoffrey Riley

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality alert for parts of southern Oregon in both time and space.  Now DEQ tells residents in parts of six counties to expect smoke through the weekend.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

The flock of fires started by lightning on July 15th continue to roar into adulthood, one or two at a time.

Geoffrey Riley/JPR News

Smoke from the July 15th lightning fires is having an impact on the region's air quality.  It's a typical situation, just earlier than usual in the year. 

Oregon Department of Forestry

A late-afternoon grass fire forced dozens of homes and businesses to evacuate an area near the Jackson County Expo Park Tuesday.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Fire crews spent another day chasing down the effects of Sunday morning's lightning storms.  Smoke in the Rogue Valley sky thickened as some of the fires made a typical late-afternoon growth spurt Tuesday.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Fire crews on both sides of the state line spent Monday fighting fires from Sunday's thunderstorms and waiting for new flare-ups to show.

The Jackson County Sheriff's office has issued a level 3--go immediately--evacuation order for homes along Sterling Creek Road near Jacksonville, due to an advancing fire caused by Sunday morning lightning.

Here is the statement, from the JCSO Facebook page: "Due to a wildfire, residents of Sterling Creek Road near Schlesinger Reservoir, east of Buncom, should evacuate immediately."

Cal Fire

Summer lightning returned to the skies over Southern Oregon and Northern California on Sunday, just as Klamathon Fire managers were preparing to declare that fire 100% contained.

Liam Moriarty/JPR News

Crews have largely tamed the Klamathon fire, which burned 36,500 acres in northern California and southern Oregon over the past week. The fire is 65 percent contained and the area has seen minimal fire behavior since Tuesday.

The fire perimeter hasn’t grown for three days and only a relatively small area of rugged terrain remains without containment lines. Mark Brown is Chief of Operations for CalFire Team 4. At what was described as the final public briefing on the Klamathon fire, Brown said the incident is winding down.

Crews Turn The Corner On The Klamathon Fire

Jul 10, 2018
CalFire

Five days after the Klamathon fire raced across the dry grasslands along the Oregon-California border, crews have fought the fire to a standstill. Even after days of gusty winds, containment lines have held and the fire has not increased in size since Monday.

Fire managers have expressed cautious optimism that they will be able to continue making progress against the Klamathon fire in the coming days.

UPDATE: Sunday July 8, 8:45 p.m. ... Crews continue to battle the Klamathon fire along the Oregon-California border. 

As of Sunday evening, the fire had burned 35,000 acres and was 25 percent contained. 

April Ehrlich | JPR

UPDATE: As of Sunday morning, the Klamathon fire has grown to 30,500 acres and is 25 percent contained. The fire continues to spread into the Klamath National Forest. 

Ten people are reported missing in the Siskiyou County area.

One Hornbrook resident has died, and one firefighter is hospitalized with severe burns, but he is expected to make a full recovery. The agencies didn't provide more information about the people who are missing or the person who has died.

April Ehrlich | JPR

A northern California wildfire has spread into Oregon, triggering evacuations in parts of Jackson County.

As of 7 a.m. Saturday, the Klamathon Fire has burned about 21,800 acres and is 5 percent contained. About 40 structures have burned, many in the California towns of Hilt and Hornbrook.

A Hornbrook resident has also died; CalFire officials discovered the body Friday morning in a building destroyed by the fire. They have not yet identified the body.

Oregon DOT

Updated July 6, 9:11 a.m. Pacific Time

One person has died in Siskiyou County during the Klamathon Fire, reports CalFire. The agency has not released a name as it investigates the incident and notifies the person's relatives.