The visible smoke that’s brought air quality down to “moderate” in the Medford area Friday afternoon originated from wildfires burning an ocean away in the Russian province of Siberia, according to posts from National Weather Service stations in Medford and Portland.
Currently , no active large fires in Oregon and Washington.
|2020 Oregon wildfires|
|Total area||1,221,324 acres (494,252 ha)|
Authorities say at least 600 homes were damaged or destroyed as the fire rampaged through Ashland, Talent and Phoenix before firefighters stopped it close to the Medford city limits. At least four people are confirmed dead, and the cause of the first fire remains under investigation.
In Oregon , The Statesman Journal reported that fires in the Santiam Canyon area were ignited when falling trees knocked down power lines.
For almost four weeks now, smoke from seven major wildfires has kept Rogue Valley cities such as Grants Pass , Medford and Ashland gripped in unhealthy to hazardous quality air.
WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (KTVZ) — Welcome rain , over an inch in places, helped firefighters battling the Lionshead Fire , the largest among several still burning across Oregon . But accompanying winds pushed flames into unburned green islands well within the perimeter, putting up smoke on Wednesday.
One year has passed since the world was shocked by the images of the fires blazing across the Amazon in Brazil. But since then, the forest hasn’t stopped burning —and 2020 could be even more devastating for the rainforest and the Indigenous Peoples who call it home.
In July of 2002, a lightning storm in the Siskiyou National Forest sparked what is known as the Biscuit Fire . It is the largest recorded forest fire in Oregon’s history. The fire left nearly half a million acres charred when it finally fizzled out months later.
The Oregon towns of Detroit, Blue River, Vida, Phoenix, and Talent have been “substantially destroyed” by wildfire, Gov. Kate Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Over the last 24 hours, Oregon has experienced unprecedented fire with significant damage,” Brown said, as reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
As of Tuesday, more than two million acres have burned across the state so far in 2020, which makes this a record year, surpassing 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Fire Map: California, Oregon and Washington 5. Officials have blamed a gender – reveal party for starting the fire , saying that a family’s attempt to use a smoke-generating device to reveal a baby’s sex instead ignited nearby grass and quickly spread.
Medford is a smaller town in comparison to some of the metropolic destinations that Oregon has to offer, but it’s a great place to live . We are centrally located to make for some awesome day trips, but we have some cool stuff right around us too.
With a crime rate of 56 per one thousand residents, Medford has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 18.
A fire destroyed much of Phoenix , Ore., leaving people to wonder whether the town can rise from the ashes. “There’s nothing to sift through,” one resident said. PHOENIX , Ore. Local officials estimated that the fire destroyed nearly 1,800 homes and businesses.