• CAL Fire Joins Fight Against OR Gulch

    CAL Fire Joins Fight Against OR Gulch

    August 1, 2014

    The Oregon Gulch Fire has spread across the Oregon/California border and is now burning 1,000 acres on California land and is still at zero containment. CAL Fire in Yreka has joined the firefight on their side of the border and are meeting with the Oregon Department of Forestry today.

    Quiet Today but Still Hot

    Quiet Today but Still Hot

    August 1, 2014

    After three very active days, things will quiet down periodically. Storms today will only be east of the Cascades and very isolated. Also, from Crater Lake north and east storms will develop. Elsewhere, it will be a quiet day with mostly sunny skies but hot temperatures.

    AAA Legion State Tournament, Day 2

    AAA Legion State Tournament, Day 2

    July 31, 2014

    The Grants Pass Nuggets suffered a a frustrating loss to the Salem Withnell Dodgers, which ended their season. After GP's loss, head coach Mike Reese reflects on their performance. Meanwhile, Medford continued to roll beating Portland 10-1.

    Fewer Storms For Friday

    Fewer Storms For Friday

    July 31, 2014

    Thunderstorm activity Thursday was much more isolated than that of Wednesday evening. For the most part, storms developed and tracked through northern California and the Klamath Basin. That doesn't mean that yesterday's storms, and subsequent lightning strikes, are done wreaking havoc.

    Crews Moving in to Touvelle State Park

    Crews Moving in to Touvelle State Park

    July 31, 2014

    Lightning strikes in southern Oregon have caused several dozen wildfires to pop up. Those fires have caused tents to be set up at Touvelle State Park.

    Storms Spike 911 Call Volume

    Storms Spike 911 Call Volume

    July 31, 2014

    Wednesday's storms increased the amount of calls made to 911's Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by 48% compared to Tuesday. Dispatchers expect another spike in calls Thursday afternoon since more storms are in the forecast.

    Mill Production Could Expand After Fire

    Mill Production Could Expand After Fire

    July 31, 2014

    The Swanson Group is moving forward after losing one of their mills to a fire earlier this month in Springfield and will now absorb up to 100 of their employees to other mills, including this location in Glendale.

    Another Widespread T-Storm Event Today

    Another Widespread T-Storm Event Today

    July 31, 2014

    Wednesday brought a widespread round of storms to much of our forecast area. There were just over 500 lightning strikes reported in Jackson County alone, and nearly 2500 region-wide. Round 3, expected today, is going to be very similar to Wednesday.

    AAA Legion State Tournament, Day 1

    AAA Legion State Tournament, Day 1

    July 31, 2014

    The Medford Mustangs jumped out to an early lead en route to a 7-4 win over the Post 20 Dirtbags in the opening round of the AAA Legion State Tournament. Meanwhile, the Corvallis Gerding Builders buried Grants Pass with a 8-2 romp.

    Another Active Lightning Day

    Another Active Lightning Day

    July 30, 2014

    Hundreds of lightning strikes dotted the landscape this afternoon and evening. Storms began firing early this afternoon, and continued for several hours. A fire weather warning is in effect Wednesday, then another becomes effective Thursday afternoon, and for good reason

    Off-Duty Firefighter Dies at Launch Fire

    Off-Duty Firefighter Dies at Launch Fire

    July 30, 2014

    An off-duty firefighter staged near the Launch Fire at Four Mile Lake died Tuesday night in what officials are calling accidental in nature.

    Second Round of Storms Later Today

    Second Round of Storms Later Today

    July 30, 2014

    Our first round of storms on Tuesday led to a pretty active afternoon. Lightning was striking over Southern Jackson County, along and east of the Cascades, and over Siskiyou County. Storms over the Rogue Valley traveled in from Northern California and a similar set up is likely today.

    ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

    ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

    July 29, 2014

    Oregon Department of Forestry Dispatch center tracks the lightning storms all over Southern Oregon and Northern California from a room in Central Point. Dispatchers use a variety of computer weather programs to plot and map the strikes. That information is used to compare to strikes and fires see

    A Few More Days of Lightning and Heat

    A Few More Days of Lightning and Heat

    July 29, 2014

    Tuesday has proved to be a very active day, as predicted. The area saw over one hundred lightning strikes Tuesday afternoon and evening. Not only that, but trees were downed in Ashland, and further northeast, hail half an inch in diameter fell near Chemult, blanketing the ground.

    Three Mustangs Reflect on Journey

    Three Mustangs Reflect on Journey

    July 29, 2014

    In 2012, NewsWatch 12 featured three young Medford Mustangs pitchers: North Medford's Colton Westfall, Ashland's Steen Fredrickson and Cascade Christian's Isaiah Luzny. Two years later, the three young hurlers reflect on their growth and maturity.

    Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

    Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

    July 29, 2014

    Two helicopters made dozens of drops Tuesday morning as the Launch Fire burns more than a hundred acres. The fire is burning just on the other side of Four Mile Lake's campsites.

    Crews Battling Reeves Creek Fire

    Crews Battling Reeves Creek Fire

    July 29, 2014

    Crews continued to battle a large wildfire burning near Lake Selmac on Tuesday, but told homeowners to be ready to leave if the situation gets worse. The Reeves Creek Fire was first reported Monday night, and has burned about 230 acres in an area near Reeves Creek Road and Highway 199.

    First Round of Storms Expected Today

    First Round of Storms Expected Today

    July 29, 2014

    A very active weather pattern will settle into the West today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop every afternoon through early next week ...at least the way things are looking now.

    Reeves Creek Fire Burns Nearly 250 Acres

    Reeves Creek Fire Burns Nearly 250 Acres

    July 29, 2014

    (UPDATE 7:25 A.M.): Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter.

    Thunderstorm Threat Continues

    Thunderstorm Threat Continues

    July 28, 2014

    Monday makes the tenth triple digit day so far in 2014, and all of those days have been in July. In fact, it was the hottest day of the year so far. The official high in Medford was 106, and as hot as that seems, that's still two degrees shy of the record 108 set a few years ago in 2009.