Monday, August 3, 2015

Two New Lightning Caused Fires In Northeast Josephine County

Two new fires ignited by lightning overnight in the remote Kelsey Creek drainage north of the Rogue River in far northeast Josephine County have been aggressively attacked by firefighters of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. Hand crews, bulldozers, engines, and helicopters have successfully established a fireline around the seven acre East Kelsey Fire with mop-up operations in progress. The Trappers Camp Fire, also estimated at seven acres in size, is currently 60% lined. Firefighters will continue to work on both of these fires through the night in order to achieve full containment as quickly as possible.

Stouts Fire Slows on Sunday, Holds at 15,000 Acres

Firefighters had a good day Sunday, as moderating weather conditions created calmer fire behavior on the Stouts Fire. Crews took advantage of the lower temperatures, higher humidity, cloud cover, and smoke inversion to build additional fire line, prepare contingency lines, and assess the areas around structures that need clearing and starting work to help protect them if the fire moves that way. The fire grew slightly but remains just over 15,000 acres, and is estimated at 5% containment. About 1400 firefighters continue fighting the Stouts Fire around the clock. Over 160 community members turned out to last night’s meeting at the Milo fire hall.

Working together protecting homes, the wildland firefighters will start clearing road systems and constructing line along the east side of the fire today, while the structural firefighters keep working around homes clearing the areas to help prevent a wildfire from harming homes. Smoke remains heavy and may start lifting around noon. The crews are using the weather to their advantage to make some gains on the fire.

“The crews are doing an excellent job,” said Roseburg Resources Forestry Manager Mark Wall. “They are literally working night and day to get this thing under control. No doubt, this is a difficult job, but I’m confident it’ll get done as quickly as possible and most importantly, safely.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the USDA Forest Service Stouts Fire continue managing this fire under unified command. The Incident Management Teams representing these agencies train together, work together, and cooperate together under the Incident Command System (or ICS). The fire is burning approximately 1/3 on private land, 1/3 on Bureau of Land Management land, and 1/3 on National Forest land.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, dozens of private contract crews, and structural firefighters from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties continue fighting the Stouts Fire.

The number of structures threatened is 317. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time. The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.

August 3 Lightning Maps Now Available

There was localized lightning across Jackson and Josephine Counties again last night. A couple new fires have been spotted around the area and are under initial attack. Patrols will continue and the largest fire is 15 acres so far in the Northwest area of Josephine County near Kelsey Creek. Most of the lightning did come with scattered rain. For the latest lightning maps please visit SWOFIREDATA.com

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New Stouts Creek Fire Maps Available

The Stouts Creek Fire team is updating maps regularly and they are now available online. These maps are the same used by operations personnel and all fire staff. You can find these maps and others by visiting SWOFIREDATA.com 

ODF Firefighters Respond To New Starts

Scattered lightning over Jackson and Josephine counties during the past 24 hours triggered several fires on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in southwest Oregon. Today firefighters, with the help of helicopter bucket drops are nearing containment on the Boaz Gulch Fire located in the upper Applegate Valley, currently reported at less than two acres in size. On Saturday crews contained the Speaker Road Fire located northeast of Wolf Creek at three acres, and the Pete’s Camp and Cinnabar Mountain Fires in the upper Applegate to less than half an acre each. Fire crews remain on high alert for new starts as lightning continues to cross the region and the ability to detect them is challenged by poor visibility caused by smoke from large fires burning to the north in Douglas County and to our south in California. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for Jackson and Josephine counties until 5:00 a.m. Monday morning for continued isolated, mostly dry thunderstorms passing through the area.

New Lightning Maps Available for August 2 Morning

There was localized lightning across Jackson and Josephine Counties again this morning. Several  new fires have been spotted around the area and are under initial attack. Patrols will continue and the largest fire is 1/2 acre so far. Most of the lightning did come with scattered rain. For the latest maps visit SWOFIREDATA.com 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Lightning Maps Available for August 1 Afternoon

There was localized lightning across Jackson and Josephine Counties. So far 2 new fires have been spotted south of the Applegate Valley. Patrols will continue and the largest fire is 1/2 acre so far. Most of the lightning did come with scattered rain. For the latest lightning maps visit SWOFIREDATA.com