At least 95 fires burning in the region, largest at 5,000 acres

At least 95 fires burning in the region, largest at 5,000 acres

At least 95 lighting caused wildfire fires are burning in the Southern Oregon and Northern California region. The largest fire is the Lone Fire in the Modoc National Forest at 5,000 acres. Depending on the amount of moisture associated with the thunderstorms and the vegetation types on the ground, it can take several days for the smoke to become visible from a lightning-caused wildfire. Firefighters may be responding to new starts and holdovers throughout the weekend and early into next week.

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6.7 Percent Unemployment in Klamath County for May 2019; 6.3 percent in Lake county

6.7 Percent Unemployment in Klamath County for May 2019; 6.3 percent in Lake county

Seasonal hiring this spring was stronger than typically expected as businesses ramp up for the busy summer season. The unemployment rate remains little changed over the past year for both Klamath and Lake counties; however, levels of unemployment are quite low for the region.

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Red Flag Warning issued for Klamath Basin

Red Flag Warning issued for Klamath Basin

The National Weather Service in Medford has upgraded the recently announced Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for the Klamath Basin and the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The warning is in effect from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT Thursday, May 9, 2019.

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Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was little changed in the past month. The rate was 7.3 percent in March and 7.4 percent in February. The rate remains up from this time last year when it was 6.3 percent.

Klamath County added 100 jobs in March, typical hiring for this time of year.

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Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls on Friday, March 15 in Lake and Klamath counties. Wyden has held 931 town halls statewide overall since promising Oregonians when first elected that he would hold at least one annual town hall in each of the state’s 36 counties.

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Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Klamath Falls and Paisley on Feb. 23

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Klamath Falls and Paisley on Feb. 23

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will hold town halls in Klamath, Lake, Wheeler and Gilliam counties on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

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Forecast for Weekend Winter Storm 'Maya' Updated

Forecast for Weekend Winter Storm 'Maya' Updated

The National Weather Service is reporting, moderate to heavy snow is expected for our areas of Klamath, Lake, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. Most of the entire Pacific Northwest will feel the effects of this winter storm. Within our region, locations above 4,500 feet are expected to receive heavier snow totals. Mountain passes could see up to 12 inches of snow. Higher elevations may see up to 24 inches.

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Winter Storm to Bring up to 18 Inches of Snow This Weekend

Winter Storm to Bring up to 18 Inches of Snow This Weekend

Winter Storm Warning for areas over 6,000 feet, Winter Storm Advisory for areas under 6,000 feet are both effect from midnight Friday night to 4:00 AM Sunday. For much of Southern Oregon and Northern California.Including Areas of Klamath, Lake, Modoc, Siskiyou, Jackson, Josephine, and Curry Counties.

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Winter Weather Advisory for Klamath and Lake Counties

Winter Weather Advisory for Klamath and Lake Counties

The National Weather Service of Medford, Oregon has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the areas of the Klamath Basin and Lake County from Sunday morning until Monday night.

Travel will be difficult with snow covered and slippery roadways. The hazardous travel could effect both the morning and evening commute. Gusty winds are expected and could cause hazards with blowing and drifting snow.

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UPDATE: Air Stagnation Extended Through the Tuesday

UPDATE: Air Stagnation Extended Through the Tuesday

UPDATE - 9:46 AM, 1/28/19

Air Stagnation Advisory remains in effect until 1:00 PM Tuesday, January 29, 2019.Poor mixing and light winds will keep stagnant conditions in place through Tuesday morning. Pollutants may be trapped near the ground level and this may result in reduced air quality at times.

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Air Stagnation & Freezing Fog Advisory Issued for the Weekend [UPDATED]

Air Stagnation & Freezing Fog Advisory Issued for the Weekend [UPDATED]

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory which is in effect from 4 AM Friday to noon PST Monday for much of Southern Oregon. Plus a Freezing Fog Advisory for the Klamath Basin through 8 AM Friday.

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Air Stagnation Advisory Issued Through January 3rd

Air Stagnation Advisory Issued Through January 3rd

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory which is in effect from 1 AM Tuesday to 10 PM PST Thursday. Air quality is expected to gradually deteriorate due to limited vertical mixing Tuesday through Friday morning as airborne particulates accumulate.

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November Unemployment: Klamath 6.3%, Lake 5.7%

November Unemployment: Klamath 6.3%, Lake 5.7%

Unemployment levels continued to trend up in both Klamath and Lake Counties. Klamath County posted

the first significant over-the-year job losses in several years, while Lake County’s employment situation is largely unchanged over the past year.

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Winter Weather Advisory for Cascades, Wind Advisory for Basin

Winter Weather Advisory for Cascades, Wind Advisory for Basin

National Weather Service, Medford Oregon has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for areas of the Cascade Mountains through 10:00PM Today, December 20, 2018. NWS has also issued a High Wind Advisory for the Klamath Basin for the same period.

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Air Stagnation Advisory through 4am Tuesday

Air Stagnation Advisory through 4am Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory which is in effect until 4:00 AM PST Saturday. Areas include valleys of Klamath and Lake Counties.

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Air Stagnation Advisory through Saturday

Air Stagnation Advisory through Saturday

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued an Air Stagnation Advisory...which is in effect until noon PST Saturday. Areas include valleys of Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties.

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Tribes, SCOEDD and Lake County to Receive Grants for Rural Business Development

Tribes, SCOEDD and Lake County to Receive Grants for Rural Business Development

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $560,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grants were awarded to projects across Oregon.

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