County to pay consulting firm to study response to fires

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — When the Almeda and Obenchain Fires hit, few Jackson County, Oregon, residents were notified about evacuation orders. Many were forced to flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs and no notification save for a knock on their door. While emergency officials rushed to respond to the fast-moving flames and to make sure residents were safe, there was also little to no communication with media outlets on the scale of the fire. KTVL-TV reports the lack of notification to evacuees as well as the lack of communication with media outlets throughout the disaster are some of the items a private consulting firm will be paid $43,958.80 to review.