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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. Our efforts culminate in FireWatch Week — enhanced coverage between July 8 and 12, encompassing our broadcasts, website, and social media presence.

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.




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Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

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Report: Oregon wildfire costs 'will exceed tens of billions' over 20 years

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A year after deadly fire, Paradise pauses to remember

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The Rogue Valley Strike team is back home

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Rural Metro Fire says ODF is mopping up a 1.5 acre fire on Walker Mt.

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Stolen trailer from Milepost 97 Wildfire found

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Why Pacific Power does not have any Public Safety Power Shutoffs planned in our region

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Winds spur scattered Southern Oregon wildfires, escaped burns

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Rural Metro Fire says they want you to hold off on open and barrel burning

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Oregon firefighter strike teams begin work on California fire lines

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15 strike teams from Oregon are helping battle the wildfires in California

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ODF is mopping up an eight acre wildfire near Hugo

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Siskiyou County could be impacted by next round of PG&E Public Safety Shutoffs

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UPDATE: Heppsie Mountain Fire now more than 20 acres, management turned over to BLM

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PG&E announces another round of power shutoffs in California counties

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Firefighters mopping up wildfire north of Rogue River

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Prescribed burn on the Fremont-Winema National Forest

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This Fire Season was the shortest in two decades, Oregon officials say

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Fire Season officially ends October 1 for Jackson and Josephine counties

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ODF calls an end to Fire Season in Klamath and Lake counties

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Man convicted of starting Klamathon Fire receives sentence

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Oregon escapes relatively unscathed from height of wildfire season

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Containment jumps on 15,000-acre Poker Fire as wet weather moves in

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Bar Fire burning in the Klamath National Forest

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PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

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Forestry officials prepare for 13,000-acre prescribed burn near Chemult

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Remembering 9/11: FDNY firefighter remembers how incident management teams helped the department

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Multiple small fires along Highway 66, fire officials say

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UPDATE: Containment grows on Lime Fire

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Fire Danger Level decreases to high

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Gopher Fire growth slows in the Sky Lakes Wilderness with damp, cool conditions

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Lightning storms spark 46 reports of new fires in Josephine and Jackson counties

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Firefighters battle 40-acre Adobe Fire in eastern Klamath County

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Cal Fire lifts evacuation warning for residents in Mt. Shasta Vista area

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Region sees dozens of small wildfires sparked by lightning storms

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Fire crews respond to more than a dozen lightning-started fires, all kept small

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Gyda Fire reaches 57 percent containment

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Firefighting agencies prepare for heat, wind, and lightning storms

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A firefighting Supertanker plane from the US is helping in the Amazon rainforest

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Incredible video shows how powerful fire retardant is

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UPDATE: All evacuations and road closures for the Mountain Fire are lifted

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Extreme fire danger level restrictions

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Power line failure causes grass fire

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Sheriff: East Evans Fire started by explosion at illegal marijuana lab

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Goals to fight fire with fire often fall short in US West

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Lightning caused wildfire near Canyonville

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ODF plane makes emergency landing in eastern Jackson County

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Ward Fire now 34% contained

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Man spots lightning strike that started wildfire in the Little Applegate Complex

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Protecting your community against wildfires

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