Category: News

News | December 1, 2021

Tyler McCarty Named ODF Southwest Oregon District Forester

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Dec. 1, 2021) – Following a competitive hiring process, Tyler McCarty has been named District Forester of the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District serving Jackson and Josephine counties. McCarty, who has filled the role in an interim capacity since June 2021, brings more than 20 years of experience […]

News | November 29, 2021

ODF/ODOT ‘Fire & Ice’ Program Leverages Seasonal Work in Southern Oregon

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Nov. 29, 2021) – A joint staffing program between ODF and ODOT, known as ‘Fire and Ice’ kicks off the winter season providing year-round work for employees through seasonal positions between the departments. Since the 1980s, the program retains experienced employees while providing opportunities in career advancement, leadership and relationship […]

News | October 25, 2021

Restrictions on Industrial Slash Burning Lifted, Expect Additional Burns During Cool, Wet Weather

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Oct. 25, 2021) – A persistent weather pattern of cooler temperatures and consistent rain has prompted a decrease in restrictions for industrial slash burning, effective immediately. As a result, prescribed fire and industrial slash burning may increase in high-elevation, remote areas throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties. Recent rain and precipitation […]

News | October 6, 2021

Fire Danger Level Decreases to Low in Southwest Oregon District Following Widespread Rain, Additional Forecasted Weather Systems

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (October 6, 2021) – Consistent fall-like weather and widespread rain has made it possible to ease off on some public and industrial fire prevention regulations on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District. Effective Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., the public fire danger level […]

News | September 18, 2021

Widespread Rain Allows For A Decrease In Public And Industrial Fire Restrictions

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2021) – A combination of widespread rain and a steady drop in temperatures has made it possible to ease off on some public and industrial fire prevention regulations on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District. Effective Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., […]

News | September 9, 2021

Mop-Up Operations Continue on Fielder Creek Fire

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (September 9, 2021) – Mop-up operations on the Fielder Creek Fire, located northwest of Rogue River on the 900-block of Fielder Creek road, continued overnight; firefighters were able to reach 75 feet into the perimeter around the entire fire, meeting, and in some areas exceeding, their goal. Fire lines are continuing to […]

News | September 8, 2021

Fire Lines Hold on Fielder Creek Fire, Steady Progress Made

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (September 8, 2021) – Resources assigned to the Fielder Creek Fire, located northwest of Rogue River on the 900-block of Fielder Creek road, continued to further progress on the incident, bolstering fire lines, falling hazardous trees and continuing mop-up operations. The fire remains 32 acres, affecting private and Bureau of Land Management […]

News | September 8, 2021

Fielder Creek Fire, Northwest of Rogue River,100% Lined and Plumbed Overnight

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (September 8, 2021) – Firefighters assigned to the Fielder Creek Fire, located northwest of Rogue River on the 900-block of Fielder Creek road, were able to complete the fire line along the entire perimeter of the fire overnight. By early Wednesday morning, crews had lined and plumbed the entire incident with hose, […]

News | September 2, 2021

As Board Mountain Fire Mop-up Continues, ODF Firefighters Catch New Start at Two Acres

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. (September 2, 2021) – Firefighters assigned to the Board Mountain Fire, located northwest of Trail off of Highway 227, were able to meet their goal of mopping up 50 feet into the perimeter on Thursday, and continued to fall hazardous trees 300 feet into the perimeter. The fire remains 36 acres, affecting […]