© 2023 | Jefferson Public Radio
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541.552.6301 | 800.782.6191
KSOR Header background image 1
a service of Southern Oregon University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
00000171-95d3-d2cb-a5f3-9fff6ded0000 Check here for information on fires in our region. You can also check out these resources:Northwest Interagency Coordination CenterSWOFIRE: Oregon Department of Forestry, SW regionCalFire: Current Fire InformationInciWeb: Incident Information SystemOregon Smoke Blog: Smoke informationSouth Central Oregon Fire Management Cooperative (Klamath/Lake Counties & Crater Lake)

More Fire, More Smoke, And A Visit From The Governor

multiple_smokes_garner_25_july_18.png
SWOJIC
/
What firefighters face... multiple areas burning, often in steep terrain with heavy timber.

Wildfires continue to burn all around the region, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown visited Southern Oregon Thursday morning to check on firefighting efforts.Brown visited the command center for the Garner Complex Fires, in Merlin.  The complex of several fires in both Jackson and Josephine Counties continues to threaten structures, and evacuation advisories remain in place in areas close to the fires.

More than 2,400 firefighters are employed on the Garner Complex alone. And it is one of six major fires or groups of fires burning west of the Cascades, from Roseburg to just south of the California state line.

Fire managers warned the public to expect more fire and smoke from the complex on Wednesday night, with firefighters setting burnouts to rob the fire of fuel near containment lines.

Containment itself is still well off in the future.  The projected containment date for the Garner Complex is August 7th.

Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.