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Vegetation fire near Emigrant Lake

Multiple fire units are responding to a fire in the middle or east side of Emigrant Lake, reported at 8:05PM (Monday, August 7). Observers on the west side can see the smoke, which seems to be moving north. A small thunderstorm appears to have provided some rain on or near the fire.

Update 9:33PM: Fire crews still busy working the fire. “A lot” of smoke still visible from near the lake.

Update 9:43PM: We expect this will be an overnight operation. Please stay away from the area (if you don’t need to go there) as fire vehicles are likely to be moving on 66 and nearby roads. Other fires have occurred today in southwest Oregon, including a 10-acre fire near Lost Creek Lake.

Update 8 August 10:05AM: No more smoke from this incident is visible from the west side of the lake. Thanks to Ashland Fire, District 5, and ODF for their effective response! For updates on other fires, see the aiiee twitter list (at right).

Posted by Paul Collins on Mon, 7 Aug 2017
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Smoky underburn in Siskiyou Mountain Park

The smoke in the hills southwest of Ashland is quite visible at the moment. An underburn in Siskiyou Mountain Park, in the hills south of Walker Avenue, was scheduled and is the apparent source of the smoke. We have not seen any fire dispatches at this time, so that indicates no problems.

More info

Smoke and Wildfire info hotline: (541) 552-2490

Posted by Paul Collins on Tue, 9 May 2017
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Flood Watch for tonight (1/7/17) and Sunday in Medford and Ashland

With snow on the ground, heavy rain is forecast to combine with melting snow, which may cause local flooding late Saturday night (1/7) through Sunday night, according to a Flood Watch posted by NWS.

Here at the southeastern, more elevated part of Ashland, snow continues to fall at this writing. But this is turning to freezing rain across the Rogue Valley, causing hazardous, slippery driving, and a new storm with lots of rain is expected to start tonight. Rain will continue through at least Tuesday.

Posted by Paul Collins on Sat, 7 Jan 2017
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Major Storm Thursday through Saturday (Oct 13-15, 2016)

A significant, possibly historic rain and wind storm in Oregon is now forecast by the National Weather Service. Starting Thursday, two back-to-back storms will pass through the region.

In Ashland, 2.65 inches of rain are forecast Wed PM to Monday AM. Thursday we expect 1” of rain in 24 hours, with wind gusts Thursday Evening to 39 mph. Saturday 11AM-4PM, winds 38 mph gusting to 51 mph (forecast with medium confidence).

Conditions at the Oregon Coast could include near-hurricane force winds. The Weather Service says this has a potential (not definite) to be similar to the historic Columbus Day Storm of 1962. Snow is not expected except at the highest elevations, such as Crater Lake.

NWS Area Forecast Discussion

NWS Ashland point forecast

Ashland CERT’s in-progress basic training is scheduled to conclude Saturday. Preparations are being made to deal with the weather. Neighbors, when your forecaster feels the need to define “explosive cyclogenesys,” it’s time to batten down the hatches.

Please make preparations for a significant storm, and monitor developing weather forecasts as the storms approach.

Posted by Paul Collins on Wed, 12 Oct 2016
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Grass/brush fire between Mistletoe and Crowson roads

[Update 7:56PM:] City of Ashland reported at 3:15PM that the fire was 4 to 5 acres, had threatened structures and caused evacuation of a few homes before being knocked down. Since then visible smoke from the fire has essentially ceased.

Crowson fire from Paul Collins on Vimeo.

Multiple fire agencies are responding to a grass and brush fire south of Ashland on the north side of Siskiyou Boulevard, between Mistletoe and Crowson Roads. It is well away from neighboorhoods along Tolman Creek Road. Three helicopters have been dropping water on the fire, starting about 1:30PM.

Roads in the area may be closed, and as always, stay away from the area and out of the way of fire workers.

Posted by Paul Collins on Sat, 27 Aug 2016
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