Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 4 Lightning Maps Now Available

There was localized lightning last night across Jackson/Josephine County. Patrols will continue throughout the day. Most of the lightning did come with scattered rain. For the latest lightning maps please visit

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Collier Butte Fire: Final Update

Collier Butte Fire Current Situation:

  • Acres, 11,800
  • Containment, 55%
  • Personnel, 57
  • Crews, 2
  • Helicopters, 1
  • Engines, 3

This is the final Fire Update for the Collier Butte Fire. Tomorrow the Type 3 team will transition to a local Type 4 organization. This means the fire camp will be dismantled and assigned to another fire, remaining crews and equipment will be released to go home or reassigned, and the aviation resources have been moved to Grants Pass and made available for other Forest needs. If needed, helicopter support can be requested any time to support fire related activities. The local team will continue to monitor the fire by patrolling the fire lines and will regularly fly the perimeter to keep a birds-eye view on any remaining fire activity.

The Type 4 team will utilize remaining resources for any fire related restoration. This includes breaking down large berms created in the construction of dozer line, constructing water bars along fire lines, stabilizing any work done around streams or sensitive areas, and returning any remaining equipment to town.

Our recent rain wasn’t a fire season ending event, so it’s important to remain vigilant when travelling or recreating outdoors. Fire fighters would like to remind the public to watch out for fire equipment working in the area. Bow hunting season opened this past weekend, so you can anticipate additional traffic on forest roads. While we received 2.5 inches of rain over the weekend, other areas of the Forest received little to no rain, so extreme drought conditions still exist, creating very receptive fuels. Any spark or flame may ignite a wildfire, so please follow local fire restrictions and remain mindful of fire prevention.

An Emergency Area Closure remains in place on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Please contact the Gold Beach RD for the latest update on all closure information.

For any fire related questions, comments or concerns please contact the Gold Beach Ranger District at (541)247-3600.

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31 Fire Statistics and Pocketcard

This week will be cooler with a low pressure system keeping temperatures below normal. ERC values that spiked last week have dropped considerably and will begin to creep back up as we move into higher temps later in the week Even with showers our large fuels will continue to be cured and below threshold values. Fire activity on the ground will be kept in check with the cooler temperatures and increased humidity. Last week human activity caused all fires with equipment use being the leading cause. For the latest pocketcard and stats sheet please visit