Friday, January 24, 2014

Alder Creek Fire

A fire broke out yesterday around 2:00pm up Elk Creek Road outside of Shady Cove. The fire is located 16 miles northeast of Shady Cove (about 15 miles up Elk Creek Road). Currently the fire is estimated at 125 acres in size.

There are currently two twenty person crews, one bulldozer, four engines and two water tenders working to complete fire line and suppressing spot fires due to gusty winds.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fire Weather Watch is now a Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service has now upgraded its Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning. Starting tonight and continuing into midday Friday, forecasters are calling for strong, dry east/northeast winds throughout the Rogue Basin, the Siskiyou Mountains and the west side of the Cascade Range in southwest Oregon. Gusts could peak at 35 mph.

The Rogue Basin is very dry and residents are advised to hold off on ditch burning, pile burning, barrel burning and any other use of fire in wildland areas until this weather pattern changes. Low-elevation fields with blackberry bushes, buck brush, and standing weeds are particularly vulnerable during times like this.

Be careful out there.