Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Some Closures Lifted in Buckskin Fire Area

Effective July 10, 2015, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has re-opened portions of the area previously closed for public safety in the Buckskin Fire area. The McGrew Trail is a popular destination for motorized recreationists that begins west of O’Brien and travels to Sourdough Camp, and is now open in its entirety.

Areas remaining closed to provide for public health and safety due to active fire and extreme fire conditions include the areas included in the fire perimeter, Buckskin Peak, Franz Meadow, and Doe Gap. A map of the closure area (which includes the fire perimeter), as well as the official Forest Order, may be obtained at the Gold Beach and Wild Rivers Ranger District offices, and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest office in Medford. Additionally, the information is available online on the Forest website:

The closures are effective through October 31, 2015, or sooner if conditions are favorable to rescind the order. The Forest Service will notify the public when the closure order is no longer in effect.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Small Fire Pops Up in Soda Mountain Wilderness

[ Fire size revised to 3/4 acre at 3:00 pm ]

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. today, Soda Mountain Lookout spotted a smoke rising from the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The fire is estimated at 1/4-acre in size and a helicopter from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Medford Unit is making water drops on it. A crew is being shuttled into the fire area by a second helicopter.

The fire is located at T41S, R4E, Sec. 5.

The cause of the fire has not been determined as yet, but lightning from last week's storms struck in the area.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13 Fire Statistics and Pocketcard Update

Weather has significantly reduced fire danger with measurable precipitation everywhere across southwest Oregon. We will begin a slow recovery as weather dries out and we warm back up. This week has only moderate high temperatures and some chance for more rain.   Please see for the latest pocket card and fire statistics update.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

July 12 Lightning Map Update

There was localized lightning across southern Jackson county this afternoon. Reconnaissance flights will continue tomorrow . For the latest lightning maps please visit