Travel Alert August 2018: Medford Wildfire

If Medford and other areas of southwestern Oregon are in your travel plans over the next few weeks, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as a wildfire rages out of control.

Travel Alert August 2018: Medford Wildfire

The Ramsey Canyon fire has grown to encompass at least 1,329 acres and is only 15 percent contained, according to this official report from the Southwest Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Kate Brown — who is the current governor of the state of Oregon — declared the Ramsey Canyon fire as a “conflagration”.

The wildfire is expected to be completely contained by Monday, September 10, 2018. The cause of the wildfire — which is thought to have started on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 — is currently under investigation.

Hundreds of people have already been forced to evacuate from their homes; and more are on alert to do so. Fortunately, no fatalities or injuries have been reported. Power outages are also possible in the area.

Other wildfires are also ravaging parts of Oregon; but they are not expected to disrupt air travel at this time.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Medford, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the wildfires which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions due to thick smoke and traffic problems — including road closures.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the wildfires:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Medford for Friday, August 24, 2018 through Monday, August 27, 2018; and Saturday, September 1, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Medford for Friday, August 24, 2018 through Sunday, August 26, 2018; and Friday, August 31, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.


Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: Imagery ©2018 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2018 courtesy of Google Maps.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert August 2018: Medford Wildfire”

  1. ES says:

    If you have travel planned to the Pacific NW, you might want to be aware of other areas in Oregon and Washington too. This past week saw Portland listed as the worst city for air quality in North America and 2nd worst in the world. Our air was so awful because we were caught between fires north, east and south of us and a wind pattern that did not blow the smoke away.

    It lifted – finally – yesterday, but fire season continues, like the fires, to rage. So if crummy air will impact your enjoyment, give it some consideration.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Having been to what I affectionaly the Specific Northwest numerous times, ES, I am sorry to learn of that. I have always found that area of the United States to be simply beautiful — rain or shine.

      I hope that the air finally clears now that it has lifted and that the fires are finally brought under control as soon as possible.

      Thank you for giving that caution to those who may be sensitive to smoke. I appreciate it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.