Report: Over Half of Last Weekend's Fires Human Caused, Greater Caution Urged

Fire officials are urging greater care by rural landowners with burn piles. Of the 65 Oregon wildfires that burned over the weekend, 36 were human caused. Some lands have already been closed to burning.Read More »

Another Suspicious Fire Burns A Vacant Home

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd May Newsarsonfire
Just days after Medford Police announced that there were a number of suspicious fires occurring in vacant homes, another empty home burned last night. At 5:45 p.m., firefighters were called out to an empty home at 1914 Prune Street that had been set on fire. The bank-owned home was heavily damaged in the garage, and there was smoke damage throughout the residence.Read More »

Oregon Fire Marshal: No Child Fire Fatalities in 2012

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd March NewsfireOregon fire marshal
The Oregon Fire Marshal’s office is happy to report there were no child fatalities in Oregon fires last year. This is the first year in which this has happened. 22 adults perished in fires in 2012 and 236 civilian injuries. Of the deaths, 62-percent were adults over the age of 60.Read More »

Monday Night Fire Breaks Out In East Medford Home

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th March NewsfireMedford Fire & Rescue
Medford firefighters responded to a call at 10:09 a.m. Monday night from an east Medford home. Home owners became suspicious when a computer made a weird noise and suddenly shut off. After searching their home, they discovered a fire in the garage. After unsuccessfully trying to extinguish it, they called 911. When crews arrived, they found the fire spread to the attic.Read More »

Medford Home Fire Self-Extinguished

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th March Newsfire
A fire that occurred in a Medford home at 1150 East Main over the weekend appears to have put itself out. The homeowners were out of town when the fire occurred. They returned home Monday night to find their basement flooded, and their house full of soot and smoke. Damage was confined to the basement. It’s speculated the fire was doused from a spray of water released from a severed line.Read More »

Early Morning Fire In White City Destroys Trailer

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February NewsfireJackson County Fire Dist. 3White City
A travel trailer in White City on Avenue “A” was destroyed by an early morning fire. Jackson County Fire District 3 battled the blaze, responding to a call at 3:14 a.m. Firefighters were able to quickly stop the fire’s spread to an adjacent travel trailer. A woman living in the trailer was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. A youngster living in the trailer escaped without injury.Read More »

Firefighters Called Out A Second Time To Site of Ashland Area Blaze

By Jim McCoy Thu 14th February Newsfire
Just hours after fighting a big fire at a home on North Valley View Road near Ashland, firefighters once again found themselves fighting flames at the same residence early this morning. District 5 Fire Chief Dan Marshall says that all the second fire did was burn up some remaining fuels. The first fire destroyed a two-story, 3,500 square foot home on Wednesday.Read More »

Neighboring Medford Homes Catch Fire

By Jim McCoy Fri 1st February Newsfire
The Medford Fire Department responded at just after 4 a.m. today to a fire that had spread from one home to another at 25 and 29 Willamette Avenue. Responding firefighters were alerted by neighbors expressed concern over the possibility of residents trapped in the homes and a search was conducted.Read More »

Fire Damages East Medford Home

By Jim McCoy Wed 9th January Newsfire
An early morning fire has damaged a Medford home. An attic and garage were damaged to a home in the 1-thousand block of Camellia Avenue after being reported at 4:17 a.m. this morning. The home owner and her children escaped without injury. An investigation of the fire continues.

Morning Fire Quickly Extinguished at Erickson Air Crane

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th December NewsErickson Air Cranefire
Firefighters from Jackson County Fire District Three and Medford Fire and Rescue quickly put down a fire reported at 4:40 a.m. today at Erickson Air Crane. Security personnel were the only employees at the scene at the time of its start and made the emergency call. Crews are saying the blaze started when an air compressor caught fire. Firefighters are investigating the cause.Read More »


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