First Responders Stay Busy as High Winds Pound Jackson County

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Jackson County Roads Department has responded to multiple traffic hazard calls throughout the County for fallen trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected throughout today and tomorrow. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. 

At 11 a.m. JCSO responded to a report of a downed tree on North River Road that damaged a power pole in the Gold Hill area. Rogue River Police Department responded to assist. Pacific Power and Hunter Communication arrived to work on the power and telephone lines.

At 11:34 JCSO responded to a low hanging utility line at the intersection of David Lane and Payne Road in the Medford area. Pacific Power was on scene fixing the issue. 

At 12:39 p.m. JCSO and Jackson County Fire District 4 responded to a downed power line at the end of No Name Lane, near Trail. The power line started a small grass fire that was extinguished by JCFD4. The power company responded to fix the line.

At 1:34 p.m. JCSO and Jackson County Roads responded to a fallen tree damaging communication lines near Butte Falls Highway and Highway 62, Hunter Communications is responding.

Jackson County Roads Department has responded to more than a dozen trees down all around the County and warns travelers to be on the lookout for fallen trees.

Also, NEVER attempt to move a downed power line or clear trees from the roadway around downed power lines. Instead, call ECSO Dispatch non-emergency line at 541-776-7206 and report it.

Jackson County is expecting more downed trees and power lines during this windstorm so avoid traveling if possible.

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

The National Weather Service Medford, has issued a high wind warning for South County including the area around Ashland and Talent from now until 4 p.m. Thursday. The high wind warning is for south winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected. For the rest of the County there is a wind advisory in effect from now until 4 p.m. Thursday with south winds 25 to 35 with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

Source: JCSO

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