Fire Burns Home on Rogue River Highway

By Jim McCoy Thu 9th August NewsfireGrants Pass news

Grants Pass firefighters took on a fire Wednesday afternoon at 1527 Rogue River Highway. A fire that started in the garage spread to the home and a 75-foot tree.Read More »

Fire Hits Roadless Area in Southeastern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th July Newsfire

Firefighters in southeastern Oregon are battling a blaze in a roadless area near the Nevada border where the grass and sagebrush has been dried out and moths have killed vegetation.
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Blackwell Road House Fire

By Jim McCoy Fri 20th July Newsfire

A fire did "significant damage" to a house on Blackwell Road this morning. A neighbor reported the blaze to Jackson County Fire District 3 after 9 a.m. 

Nobody was home at the time of the incident. The surrounding land and garage were unharmed.Read More »

Ashland Fire: Cause of Benson Way Fire "Undetermined"

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th July NewsAshland newsfire

The Ashland Fire Department says the cause of the fire at Alchemical Solutions, an organic distillery on Benson Way Friday is undetermined. Division Chief Marguerite Hickman says equipment used in distilling may have been the cause, but more testing would be needed at a forensic laboratory to be more specific.Read More »

Firefighters Conquer Large Blaze

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July Newsfire

Oregon's largest wildfire in more than a century has been fully contained after burning more than 900 square miles- more than twice the size of Multnomah County. Fire information officer Trish Hogervorst says the Long Draw Fire in the southeast corner of Oregon was contained on Sunday night after crews took advantage of lower temperatures and higher humidity.Read More »

Explosion, Fire At Ashland Business

By Jim McCoy Fri 13th July NewsAshland newsfire

Ashland firefighters responded this morning to the report of an explosion and fire and Alchemical Solutions on Benson Way. Neighboring businesses needed to be evacuate. Nearby Crowson Road needed to be closed off for a period of time. The business is a distiller of organic high-proof alcohol. The cause of the fire is not known at this time, and at last report, there were still active flames.Read More »

Five Fires In Eastern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Wed 11th July Newsfire

Five large wild fires are now burning in Eastern Oregon.

     The largest is near the community Frenchglen, on the west side of Steens Mountain in Harney County.
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Grants Pass Grass Fire Started By Kids Playing With A Lighter

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th July NewsfireGrants Pass news

Firefighters in Grants Pass were able to act quickly Tuesday evening in putting out a grass fire in the area of Redwood Avenue and McDonald Lane at around 5:40 p.m. The fire only burned an acre, and no damage done to threatened structures. The blaze was apparently caused by 3 juveniles playing with a lighter.Read More »

Firefighters Keep Grants Pass Area Grass Blaze Small

By Jim McCoy Thu 5th July NewsfireGrants Pass news

They've trained together and work well together, as evidenced by their work Wednesday in quenching a small grass fire in the 2400 block of Upper River Road. Mike Shaw, a spokesman for the Rural/Metro Fire Department says his department and firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry and  Grants Pass Fire Rescue combined to quickly quench a grass fire.Read More »

Child Playing With Lighter Causes Residential Jo County Fire

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th June NewsfireGrants Pass news

A fire that broke out in a manufactured home on SW “G” Street in Josephine County is being blamed on a child playing with a lighter in a bedroom.  Crews from the Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to the call at 6:30 p.m. Monday night to find the home fully involved with fire. Grants Pass Fire Rescue and American Medical Response assisted at the scene.Read More »


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