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Wildfire is one of the most serious threats to Southern Oregon. The past few summers especially have resulted in significant fires — bringing relentless smoke and air quality concerns to our area, in addition to the obvious devastation of natural resources, wildlife habitat, and property.

Whether fires happen close to town or in very remote parts of our our region, they are a serious concern. NewsWatch 12 works to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage every day of the year so that you can keep your families safe and prepared in the face of wildfire.

You'll find everything you need to stay in the know right here on our FireWatch page, on our broadcast livestream, our Facebook page, Twitter or under #FireWatch.

Image for FireWatch: An end to fire season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry

FireWatch: An end to fire season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry

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Wolf Creek community left without fire protection after volunteers resign en masse

Image for FireWatch: 2021 Fire Season ends for Jackson and Josephine counties
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FireWatch: 2021 Fire Season ends for Jackson and Josephine counties

Image for FireWatch: 76 gas station catches fire in Wolf Creek
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FireWatch: 76 gas station catches fire in Wolf Creek

Image for FireWatch: Report praises ODOT debris removal progress after 2020 wildfires

FireWatch: Report praises ODOT debris removal progress after 2020 wildfires

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Wind-driven wildfire found in Josephine County

Image for FireWatch: Recovery group wants to connect with Almeda and South Obenchain fiire survivors

FireWatch: Recovery group wants to connect with Almeda and South Obenchain fiire survivors

Image for FireWatch: Firefighters respond to flames at Jeld-Wen lumber yard outside Klamath Falls

FireWatch: Firefighters respond to flames at Jeld-Wen lumber yard outside Klamath Falls

Image for FireWatch: Gov. Brown, Sen. Merkley meet with US Interior officials at South Obenchain burn scar

FireWatch: Gov. Brown, Sen. Merkley meet with US Interior officials at South Obenchain burn scar

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Power restored to essentially all 25,000 customers impacted by Public Safety Power Shutoff

Image for RV fire spreads to mobile home south of Cave Junction
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RV fire spreads to mobile home south of Cave Junction

Image for Fire restrictions lowered on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
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Fire restrictions lowered on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

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PG&E may shut off power to thousands over windy forecast

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Several wildfires almost wrapped up between Northern California and Southern Oregon

Image for Hundreds of giant sequoias may have burned as the KNP Complex Fire rages in California

Hundreds of giant sequoias may have burned as the KNP Complex Fire rages in California

Image for FireWatch: Fire danger level decreases to 'Low' in Jackson and Josephine counties

FireWatch: Fire danger level decreases to 'Low' in Jackson and Josephine counties

Image for FireWatch: White City man discovered dead after RV fire

FireWatch: White City man discovered dead after RV fire

Image for FireWatch: Oregon lifts ban on campfires in state parks and forests east of I-5

FireWatch: Oregon lifts ban on campfires in state parks and forests east of I-5

Image for FireWatch: Arson suspect arrested after second fire at abandoned buildings on Vilas Road

FireWatch: Arson suspect arrested after second fire at abandoned buildings on Vilas Road

Image for FireWatch: Grants Pass Fire Chief retiring at the end of the month
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FireWatch: Grants Pass Fire Chief retiring at the end of the month

Image for Woman charged with starting California's Fawn Fire while trying to boil water

Woman charged with starting California's Fawn Fire while trying to boil water

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Fire danger level decreasing across Klamath and Lake Counties on Friday

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FireWatch: River Complex burns nearly 200,000 acres

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 91,730 acres, 65% contained

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 91,730 acres, 65% contained

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FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 145,632 acres, 95% contained

Image for FireWatch: River Complex burns 197,989, 65% contained

FireWatch: River Complex burns 197,989, 65% contained

Image for FireWatch: McCash Fire burns 92,833 acres, 41% contained

FireWatch: McCash Fire burns 92,833 acres, 41% contained

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A promise kept: Jackson & Josephine County firefighters stay true to minimizing the effects of the 2021 Fire Season

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FireWatch: Almeda fire survivor shares his story of rebuilding

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FireWatch: Arson suspect arrested in connection with growing Fawn Fire north of Redding

Image for Wildfire victims left with nothing get hope from donated RVs

Wildfire victims left with nothing get hope from donated RVs

Image for Firefighters make progress on one of California's largest blazes but face challenges with weather ahead

Firefighters make progress on one of California's largest blazes but face challenges with weather ahead

Image for Burn victim flown to Portland hospital after Medford house fire
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Burn victim flown to Portland hospital after Medford house fire

Image for FireWatch: Crews in Siskiyou County work to capitalize on weekend rains

FireWatch: Crews in Siskiyou County work to capitalize on weekend rains

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FireWatch: River Complex burns 195,779 acres, 45% contained

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 90,614 acres,41% contained

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 90,614 acres,41% contained

Image for FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 145,632 acres, 88% contained

FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 145,632 acres, 88% contained

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FireWatch: All Evacuation Orders and Warnings lifted for Antelope Fire

Image for FireWatch: Illinois Valley Firefighters contain vehicle from spreading into surrounding wilderness

FireWatch: Illinois Valley Firefighters contain vehicle from spreading into surrounding wilderness

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FireWatch: Fire danger and industrial fire precaution levels decreasing thanks to widespread rain and lowering temperatures

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns  89,203 acres, 6% contained

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 89,203 acres, 6% contained

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FireWatch: River Complex burns 190,884 acres, 45% contained

Image for FireWatch: Sheriff's Office expands evacuation orders to just south of Happy Camp

FireWatch: Sheriff's Office expands evacuation orders to just south of Happy Camp

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Officials wrapped the world's largest tree in protective foil to guard it against California wildfires

Image for Wildfire victim resiliency permit center set to open on Monday

Wildfire victim resiliency permit center set to open on Monday

Image for FireWatch: Local family rebuilding Mountain View Estates
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FireWatch: Local family rebuilding Mountain View Estates

Image for FireWatch: Fire crews on the Cougar Peak fire in the 'calm before the storm'

FireWatch: Fire crews on the Cougar Peak fire in the 'calm before the storm'

Image for FireWatch: Firefighters make short work of junk fire near O'Brien

FireWatch: Firefighters make short work of junk fire near O'Brien

Image for FireWatch: ODF crews responding to fire north of O'Brien, structures threatened

FireWatch: ODF crews responding to fire north of O'Brien, structures threatened

Image for FireWatch: Firefighters hold Bear Flat Fire southwest of Keno to 50 acres

FireWatch: Firefighters hold Bear Flat Fire southwest of Keno to 50 acres

Image for FireWatch: Aircraft will take point on fighting Bear Flat Fire in Klamath River Canyon

FireWatch: Aircraft will take point on fighting Bear Flat Fire in Klamath River Canyon

Image for FireWatch: Crews make 'excellent progress' on Cougar Peak Fire northwest of Lakeview

FireWatch: Crews make 'excellent progress' on Cougar Peak Fire northwest of Lakeview

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FireWatch: Rep. Pam Marsh hosts "Our Path to Recovery" one year following the Almeda Fire

Image for FireWatch: California's Dixie Fire has charred nearly a million acres and the state's fire season shows no signs of relief

FireWatch: California's Dixie Fire has charred nearly a million acres and the state's fire season shows no signs of relief

Image for Biden pushes to combat climate crisis while surveying wildfire damage in Western US

Biden pushes to combat climate crisis while surveying wildfire damage in Western US

Image for FireWatch: The McCash Fire continues to grow as containment stays at 11 percent

FireWatch: The McCash Fire continues to grow as containment stays at 11 percent

Image for FireWatch: Fire crews on the Cougar Peak Fire increase containment to 6 percent

FireWatch: Fire crews on the Cougar Peak Fire increase containment to 6 percent

Image for FireWatch: Containment rises on River Complex fires in southwestern Siskiyou County
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FireWatch: Containment rises on River Complex fires in southwestern Siskiyou County

Image for FireWatch: Antelope Fire covers more than 145,000 acres as containment drops to 63 percent

FireWatch: Antelope Fire covers more than 145,000 acres as containment drops to 63 percent

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FireWatch: Firefighters making progress on Cougar Peak Fire, now 6% contained

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 86,170 acres, 0% contained

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 86,170 acres, 0% contained

Image for FireWatch: River Complex burns 185,862 acres, 21% contained

FireWatch: River Complex burns 185,862 acres, 21% contained

Image for FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 143,826 acres, 66% contained

FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 143,826 acres, 66% contained

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FireWatch: River Complex burns 185,624 acres, 21% contained

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 85,901 acres, 0% contained

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 85,901 acres, 0% contained

Image for FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 142,484 acres, 66% contained

FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 142,484 acres, 66% contained

Image for Twenty years after 9/11, two Oregon forestry veterans reflect on Ground Zero
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Twenty years after 9/11, two Oregon forestry veterans reflect on Ground Zero

Image for FireWatch: Antelope Fire makes a run for Lava Beds National Monument

FireWatch: Antelope Fire makes a run for Lava Beds National Monument

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County more than triples in size within 24 hours

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County more than triples in size within 24 hours

Image for FireWatch: Fire investigators looking into possible human-caused wildfires in Lake County, including Cougar Peak Fire

FireWatch: Fire investigators looking into possible human-caused wildfires in Lake County, including Cougar Peak Fire

Image for FireWatch: Community comes together to honor fallen Medford wildland firefighter
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FireWatch: Community comes together to honor fallen Medford wildland firefighter

Image for FireWatch: Medicine Lake back under evacuation orders as Antelope Fire marches north and east
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FireWatch: Medicine Lake back under evacuation orders as Antelope Fire marches north and east

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire balloons to an estimated 25,000 acres
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FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire balloons to an estimated 25,000 acres

Image for FireWatch: Slater Fire victims still struggling one year later as Happy Camp rebuilds
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FireWatch: Slater Fire victims still struggling one year later as Happy Camp rebuilds

Image for FireWatch: Recovering after the Almeda Fire
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FireWatch: Recovering after the Almeda Fire

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FireWatch: Bison Junction thriving thanks to community support after the South Obenchain Fire

Image for FireWatch: Gov. Brown invokes Emergency Conflagration Act for Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County

FireWatch: Gov. Brown invokes Emergency Conflagration Act for Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County

Image for FireWatch: Jackson County revisits emergency management strategies after September 2020 fires
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FireWatch: Jackson County revisits emergency management strategies after September 2020 fires

Image for FireWatch: The decision behind the airdrops over the Almeda Fire
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FireWatch: The decision behind the airdrops over the Almeda Fire

Image for FireWatch: Rebuilding from the ashes of South Obenchain
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FireWatch: Rebuilding from the ashes of South Obenchain

Image for FireWatch: Coping with trauma and PTSD after a year of disaster
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FireWatch: Coping with trauma and PTSD after a year of disaster

Image for FireWatch: Jackson County Expo evacuation organizers reflect on last year's events
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FireWatch: Jackson County Expo evacuation organizers reflect on last year's events

Image for FireWatch: D&S Harley Davidson rebuilds together as a family
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FireWatch: D&S Harley Davidson rebuilds together as a family

Image for FireWatch: When the wells ran dry on the day of the Almeda Fire
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FireWatch: When the wells ran dry on the day of the Almeda Fire

Image for FireWatch: Air tanker pilot’s mission over Almeda Fire was unusual, and meaningful
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FireWatch: Air tanker pilot’s mission over Almeda Fire was unusual, and meaningful

Image for FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire grows to roughly 3,200 acres with no containment

FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire grows to roughly 3,200 acres with no containment

Image for FireWatch: Devil's Knob Complex sparks new evacuation orders in southern Douglas County

FireWatch: Devil's Knob Complex sparks new evacuation orders in southern Douglas County

Image for FireWatch: Gov. Brown orders flags at half-staff for fallen Medford wildland firefighter

FireWatch: Gov. Brown orders flags at half-staff for fallen Medford wildland firefighter

Image for FireWatch: Almeda Fire survivor considers moving away from southern Oregon after loss from two wildfires
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FireWatch: Almeda Fire survivor considers moving away from southern Oregon after loss from two wildfires

Image for FireWatch: Fielder Creek Fire near Rogue River fully lined overnight

FireWatch: Fielder Creek Fire near Rogue River fully lined overnight

Image for FireWatch: New evacuations in River Fire Complex

FireWatch: New evacuations in River Fire Complex

Image for FireWatch: Firefighters responding to new fire start northwest of Rogue River

FireWatch: Firefighters responding to new fire start northwest of Rogue River

Image for FireWatch: Firefighters responding to Cougar Peak Fire northwest of Lakeview

FireWatch: Firefighters responding to Cougar Peak Fire northwest of Lakeview

Image for FireWatch: One year later, there's still no suspect in Almeda Fire investigation

FireWatch: One year later, there's still no suspect in Almeda Fire investigation

Image for PHOTO GALLERY | Scenes from the Almeda Fire, one year later
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PHOTO GALLERY | Scenes from the Almeda Fire, one year later

Image for FireWatch: Gov. Brown proclaims day of remembrance for September 2020 fires

FireWatch: Gov. Brown proclaims day of remembrance for September 2020 fires

Image for FireWatch: Evacuations ordered for Medicine Lake after Antelope Fire causes spot fire

FireWatch: Evacuations ordered for Medicine Lake after Antelope Fire causes spot fire

Image for FireWatch: California experiencing second worst fire season in state's history

FireWatch: California experiencing second worst fire season in state's history

Image for FireWatch: Firefighter assigned to Dixie Fire dies

FireWatch: Firefighter assigned to Dixie Fire dies

Image for FireWatch: South Lake Tahoe residents can return as fire threat eases

FireWatch: South Lake Tahoe residents can return as fire threat eases

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4850807

Reported Deaths: 71341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148419226540
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3673614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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