Saturday, August 8, 2015

Krauss Lane Fire Update

Around 1:30 PM, Illinois Valley Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and US Forest Service responded to a reported grass fire located in the 100 block Krauss Lane. Upon arrival, units reported the fire to be 2-4 acres with immediate structural threat. Command requested a second alarm that requested Rural Metro Fire resources as well as other agencies. Both Rogue Valley Task Force 1 and 2 were activated and requested to the scene as the fire continued its forward rate of spread. ODF requested helicopters and tankers to the fire to stop the forward rate spread of the fire. At times we have had 6 helicopters actively working the fire as well as 3 air tankers. There are numerous resources on scene. We have an information table setup at Shop Smart located at 205 West Watkins that has maps of the currents areas of evacuation and current updated information. The fire acreage is currently at 40 acres.

At this time, all evacuations have been lifted and the Red Cross shelter is closing. For continued updates, please call 541-592-2225.

Krauss Lane Fire

The Krauss Lane Fire is currently a fire burning near Cave Junction. The fire originated on the south side of the river in Cave Junction. The fire has recently jumped the river and has grown to 25 acres in size.  Josephine County Emergency Services and Oregon Department of Forestry have issued a Level 3 "GO NOW" evacuation order for all Patton Bar Road, Ken Rose, Ivy Road, Logan Cut, Simmons Cuts Road, Mesa Verde, Fernwood, and White Oak residents in Cave Junction. All residents are urged to evacuate immediately. There may be no time for further warning.

There are currently four air tankers, three dozers, 35 engines, four hand crews, two water tenders and multiple Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 aircraft on scene.
A LEVEL 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

There is an information line set up Illinois Valley, you can reach it at 541-592-2225.

Stouts Creek Fire Aug. 8 AM Update

Friday's night crews continued to make significant progress on the Stouts Creek Fire with several areas of the fire in the mop up stages and containment increasing to 30%. Now at 21,858 acres, the fire remains active on the northeast and southeast edges of the perimeter and residents can expect to see smoke and possibly flames on the ridge above Tiller-Trail Highway.

Helicopters will continue to be visible along the South Umpqua River as they work on hot spots and in support of fire fighting activities. Residents¬¬ also might see air tankers working in addition to the helicopters depending on the fire activity level. Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution if they encounter smoke on roadways. Treat it as you would fog and turn on your headlights. We encourage those wanting to stop along the road to watch the firefighting efforts to continue moving in order to maintain traffic flow along the roadway.

The Upper Cow Creek Road and Milo area, as well as a small area along the Tiller-Trail Highway north of Trail in Jackson County, are under a Level 1 (Ready) evacuation alert. Drew (milepost 28 to 39) remains at Level 2 (Set).

Structure protection resources and the OSFM Green Team personnel demobilized today after determining that protection benchmarks were met. Mitigation efforts included creating defensible space around threatened homes, fuel chipping, strategic placement of portable water tanks and pumps and placement of sprinkler kits where necessary. Fire managers also ensured that a structure protection plan is in place for both the assigned wildland resources and county fire agencies. Two structure task forces from Douglas County are available if needed.

More than 1,500 personnel are assigned to the fire suppression effort. The cost of suppression so far is $12.1 million.

The Stouts Creek Fire is burning on private timberlands, other tracts of private land, Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest lands.

The Stouts Creek Fire is being managed cooperatively by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fire suppression direction is coming from the Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 1.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire Morning Update

Night crews continued to work on the flare-up of the east flank of the Stouts Creek Fire. The fire actively burned in this area till 3:00 am. Crews were able to maintain the fire within the constructed hand dug lines south of the 3220 road and west of the Tiller-Trail Highway.

A structure protection task force, comprised of engines protected homes near the community of Drew. A second task force of engines from structural protection fire districts in Jackson County arrived last night to provide additional structure protection. Both task forces are working a flex schedule to maximize protection during the afternoon and evening burning periods. The tasks forces are under the direction of an Oregon State Fire Marshal incident management team.

Fire activity around the rest of the 20,804-acre Stouts Creek Fire was relatively calm overnight. Mop-up continued along the north and west flanks. Fire line construction also continued along the lower portion of the west flank, the south flank and portions of the east flank. Heavy equipment being used includes bulldozers, excavators and feller-bunchers. The equipment is not only building a wide fire line but is removing excess trees and brush adjacent to the line. Where the heavy equipment cannot work, due to steep terrain, fire crews are building fire line by hand.

The fire is 25 percent contained. 1,545 personnel are assigned to the fire suppression effort.

The cost of suppression so far is $10.4 million.

The evacuation levels in the Upper Cow Creek Road area, Milo and Drew remained at Level 2 (Set). A small area along the Tiller-Trail Highway north of Trail in Jackson County is under a Level 1 (Ready) evacuation alert.

Smoke will continue to drift from the fire area and will be stronger when burnout operations are taking place. Most of the smoke will drift in a south/southeast direction from the fire. For updates on smoke density and public health advisories, see www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

The Stouts Creek Fire is burning on private timberlands, other tracts of private land, Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest lands.

The Stouts Creek Fire is being managed cooperatively by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal and the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fire suppression direction is coming from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 1. Structural fire protection is being handled by task forces under the command of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire 15 Percent Contained

Much of today’s fire suppression focus on the Stouts Creek Fire is on connecting fire lines and doing burnout operations along the east and south flanks. Crews on the fire’s west and north flanks are running hose lays and doing mop-up along the fire’s edge. Some burnout operations are also being conducted along the west side.

The fire has grown to 17,500 acres. Most of the increased size is due to fireline relocation and burnout operations. The fire is 15 percent contained.

Helicopters will be seen much of the day over the Stouts Creek Fire because the smoke has cleared out allowing the aircraft to fly earlier than normal. Seven helicopters are assigned to the incident for fire suppression support. Another helicopter is on standby to respond to medical emergencies. Air tankers are available on an as-needed basis.

The evacuation levels in the Upper Cow Creek Road area, Milo and Drew remained at Level 2 (Set). A small area along the Tiller-Trail Highway north of Trail in Jackson County is under a Level 1 (Ready) evacuation alert.

A task force of structural fire protection engines is in place in the Upper Cow Creek Road area and another task force is stationed in the Drew area. Residences and other structures have been evaluated for defensible space. Vegetation reduction has been completed in many areas to make homes more defensible against fire. Portable water ponds, pumps, hoses and sprinklers have been stationed in several areas among the homes.

Smoke continues to drift from the fire area and will be stronger when burnout operations are taking place. Most of the smoke will drift in a south/southeast direction from the fire. For updates on smoke density and public health advisories, see www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

New Lightning Maps, Pocketcard, and Fire Stats

There was centralized lightning last night near Mt. Ashland. There is also new a new pocketcard an fire stats sheet. With the forecast we will continue in extreme fire danger and IFPL 3 until there is a break in the weather. Please visit SWOFIREDATA.com for these latest updates.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire Evening Update

Good progress was made during day shift on the 17,166-acre Stouts Creek Fire, burning in rugged, densely forested country 16 miles east of Canyonville in Douglas County. Hoses were being strung down the miles-long western flank of the fire and mop-up was underway in that part of the fire. Mop-up was also continuing along the northern edge of the fire. Crews on the east and south flanks were punching in fire line with bulldozers and other heavy equipment. In areas where equipment could not be used, fire line was being dug by crews.

The evacuation levels in the Upper Cow Creek Rd. area, Milo and Drew remained at Level 2 (Set). A small area along the Tiller-Trail Highway north of Trail in Jackson County is under a Level 1 (Ready) evacuation alert.

The Stouts Creek Fire is burning on private timberlands, other tracts of private land, Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest lands.

The fire is 10 percent contained. Nearly 1,600 personnel are assigned to the fire, and crews are working day and night shifts.

The cost of the fire suppression effort to date is $4.4 million.

Spot fires along the east and southeast flanks of the fire today prompted action from several of the helicopters assigned to the fire. They dropped water onto the spot fires and crews worked to keep them as small as possible.

Elsewhere, as crews completed stretches of fire lines, burnouts were conducted to consume unburned vegetation on the ground between the fire lines and the edge of the wildfire. Night shift crews will continue fire line construction and burn out in portions of the south and east flanks.

The Stouts Creek Fire is being managed cooperatively by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fire suppression direction is coming from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 1. Structural fire protection is being handled by task forces under the command of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team.

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) 

Crews on Stouts Fire Make Good Progress on Fireline Construction

On Monday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions by constructing fire lines and conducting burn out operations. The fire increased to 17,166 acres as crews burned out vegetation to help protect a communications site and reinforce dozer and hand lines. Last night, crews were able to put in more miles of line than expected. Fire officials stated that four or five more days as productive as yesterday will make a difference.

“Good progress has been made, we’ve gained a foothold,” said Bill Hahnenberg of the US Forest Service, one of the Incident Commanders with the unified command managing the fire.

The fire is 10% contained with 1,272 people working on this incident representing multiple local, state, and federal natural resource and fire service agencies. The incident has an excellent safety record despite the difficult terrain and extremely hot and dry weekend weather.

The weather forecast projects continued favorable conditions that should help firefighters make gains on containing the fire. Smoke and flames from burn out operations are expected to be visible from Tiller and Drew areas. Structural firefighters are providing “point-protection” as needed around residences adjacent to the fire. The smoke inversion that has been a regular occurrence on this incident is expected to lift by mid-day, allowing additional air support available to firefighters.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, and Marion counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. The Red Cross evacuation shelter in Canyonville has closed, but staff remains on call in case circumstances change. Contingency plans are in place to open a shelter on the eastern or southern end of the fire if necessary.

Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 317 homes. 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.

For more information about the Stouts Fire:

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

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August 4 Lightning Maps Now Available

There was localized lightning last night in Southeast Jackson County. Patrols will continue throughout the day. Most of the lightning did come with scattered rain. For the latest lightning maps please visit SWOFIREDATA.com

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