A significant, possibly historic rain and wind storm in Oregon is now forecast by the National Weather Service. Starting Thursday, two back-to-back storms will pass through the region.
In Ashland, 2.65 inches of rain are forecast Wed PM to Monday AM. Thursday we expect 1” of rain in 24 hours, with wind gusts Thursday Evening to 39 mph. Saturday 11AM-4PM, winds 38 mph gusting to 51 mph (forecast with medium confidence).
Conditions at the Oregon Coast could include near-hurricane force winds. The Weather Service says this has a potential (not definite) to be similar to the historic Columbus Day Storm of 1962. Snow is not expected except at the highest elevations, such as Crater Lake.
NWS Area Forecast Discussion
NWS Ashland point forecast
Ashland CERT’s in-progress basic training is scheduled to conclude Saturday. Preparations are being made to deal with the weather. Neighbors, when your forecaster feels the need to define “explosive cyclogenesys,” it’s time to batten down the hatches.
Please make preparations for a significant storm, and monitor developing weather forecasts as the storms approach.
Posted by Paul Collins on Wed, 12 Oct 2016
[Update 7:56PM:] City of Ashland reported at 3:15PM that the fire was 4 to 5 acres, had threatened structures and caused evacuation of a few homes before being knocked down. Since then visible smoke from the fire has essentially ceased.
Crowson fire from Paul Collins on Vimeo.
Multiple fire agencies are responding to a grass and brush fire south of Ashland on the north side of Siskiyou Boulevard, between Mistletoe and Crowson Roads. It is well away from neighboorhoods along Tolman Creek Road. Three helicopters have been dropping water on the fire, starting about 1:30PM.
Roads in the area may be closed, and as always, stay away from the area and out of the way of fire workers. Continue Reading…
Posted by Paul Collins on Sat, 27 Aug 2016
Prescribed Under Burn
On Tuesday, May 10th the City of Ashland, the US Forest Service and Lomaktsi Restoration Project will conduct a controlled burn just below the White Rabbit Trailhead on City forestland. The 25 acre burn is for forest health and community wildfire protection. Smoke clearance was granted by the State of Oregon and smoke is predicted to move away from town during the day. Some lingering smoke may drift into town, especially toward the evening hours. Smoke sensitive residents along Ashland Creek are urged to close their windows during evening hours on Tuesday night.
The White Rabbit trailhead will be closed for the day due to burn traffic and hoses laid across trails. This includes the Alice in Wonderland trail, BTO, Red Queen, and Jabberwocky trails. Burning will likely continue this week so check back for updates on closed roads and trails.
New Closure – West Side of Watershed Closure Started May 9th
As of May 9th, some trails and roads in the Ashland Watershed are closed to the public. Continue Reading…
Posted by Paul Collins on Mon, 9 May 2016
There’s much about to happen as I write this on a quiet, warm Saturday…
- CERT Basic Training starts Thursday, April 21 and concludes with the final exercise on Saturday May 7 (+ graduation May 15). We have an over-capacity signup. Usually there are some no-shows and the class ends up at a manageable size by final exercise day. It takes 15 CERT volunteers to put it on – I hope to see many of them at Monday’s planning meeting.
- ODOT has a Traffic Incident Management class next week.
- AHA HeartSaver First Aid/CPR course Saturday, April 30.
- The Red Cross is holding a shelter training for us May 3. It will be very valuable to Ashland City employees and CERT members to get the training from the sheltering experts.
- Our monthly CERT lunch is Thursday May 5 11:30AM, probably at the Breadboard again. It’s on the first Thursday of even months, first Sunday of odd months, so no excuses that the schedule doesn’t work for you :-).
- The ongoing Emergency Prepared Business program is May 10 10:00 AM at Station 1. Emergency Operations and Continuity Plans are key.
- Base Bike Ride May 15 – this is easy and fun, come on out and tour around with us!
- We might even manage a phone tree test in May
The calendar with all CERT events is viewable at our Google site To subscribe with your own calendar software, see instructions there.
Posted by Paul Collins on Sat, 16 Apr 2016
Forest Service fire personnel will be burning at least a few of the big piles left over from the 2012 and 2013 helicopter thinning work. These “landing piles” are limbs and tops of trees that couldn’t be dealt with in any other way, though more than half of the total biomass from these landing piles was either chipped and left in place (like at White Rabbit) or chipped and hauled off to Biomass One in White City. The remaining piles were not accessible to the BIG chipper used to grind the wood. You may see smoke from town and on the west side of the watershed around No Candies or Horn Gap Trails on Friday. Keep the rain and snow coming!
Chris Chambers / Forest Division Chief
Posted by Paul Collins on Fri, 4 Dec 2015