KMED/KCMD News: Monday, July 6, 2020

Busy Weekend for Local Fire Agencies

MEDFORD FIRE AND RESCUE HAD A BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND. THEY SAID THAT THEY HAD ABOUT 90 CALLS FOR FIREWORKS SUCH AS BOTTLE ROCKETS AND OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES. THAT’S ABOUT THREE TIMES THE AVERAGE AMOUNT. THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY ANNOUNCED SEVERAL SMALL FIRES, BUT CREWS WERE ABLE TO PUT THEM OUT QUICKLY.

YESTERDAY THE MEDFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE ON WEST 13TH AND PEACH STREETS, WHERE THEY FOUND AN OUTBUILDING FULLY ENGULFED. THE FLAMES HAD SPREAD TO THE MAIN HOME. THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY STOMPED OUT. NOBODY WAS INJURED.

Haze In Valley Skies, No Fires? The Cause

WELL, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE WONDERING WHERE THE HAZE THAT SURROUNDED OUR VALLEY ON FRIDAY CAME FROM, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANNOUNCED THAT THE SMOKE IS COMING FROM WILDFIRES IN SIBERIA. THE FIRES ARE MOSTLY IN EASTERN RUSSIA. THEY SAY THAT THE HAZE COULD LAST FOR A WHILE, BUT THERE’S NO SIGNIFICANT HEALTH EFFECTS AT THIS TIME.

Oregon Sees Rise In Coronavirus

ONE DAY AFTER INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE STATE SAW JUST OVER 300 CONFIRMED AND PRESUMPTIVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS. THERE ARE NOW, AT LEAST 10,230 CONFIRMED AND PRESUMPTIVE CASES IN OREGON. JACKSON COUNTY HAD THREE MORE CASES, AND NOW STANDS AT 149, WHILE JOSEPHINE COUNTY SAID THAT THEY HAD 5 MORE CASES. THE COUNTY TOTAL IS NOW AT 58.

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