Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cleveland Ridge Fire Burning Itself Out

This is the final update about the Cleveland Ridge Fire unless conditions change.
The number of hot spots remaining inside the Cleveland Ridge Fire’s fire line is dwindling as burning vegetation either naturally burns out, or firefighters extinguish them. The day shift’s objective is to put out all hot spots within 300 feet of the fire line, and go farther when it is warranted.

The fire remains at 530 acres and is 80 percent contained. Today, 130 firefighters are working on the fire. Last night, 85 firefighters continued the mop-up operation and patrolled the fire perimeter.

The number of private contract firefighters assigned to the Cleveland Ridge Fire will continue to decrease this weekend until the final mop-up operation is turned over to seven 10-man crews from the Oregon Department of Corrections. They will be supported by a small fleet of wildland fire engines and water tenders, as well as fallers to cut down hazardous trees. An air tanker, helicopters and bulldozers will be available from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District, based in Central Point.

The fire burned on private and Bureau of Land Management forestland 5 miles north/northwest of Shady Cove. Rehabilitation projects to protect the landscape against undue erosion and invasive plants will begin as mop-up operations decrease.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cleveland Ridge IR Maps Now Avaialble

To help crews keep the fire under control, ODF adopts the standard practice of ordering an infrared (IR) flight, which took place a little after midnight on August 26. The new IR data will help crews identify and prioritize portions of the fire that are still burning. For the latest map please visit SWOFireData

Mop-Up Continues on Cleveland Ridge Fire

Night shift firefighters made good progress toward the goal of completely extinguishing all hot spots 100 feet inside of the fire line around the Cleveland Ridge Fire. Today, more than 260 day shift firefighters continue the task of mopping up smoldering stumps and other vegetation burned by the fire that began on Monday.

The fire has stabilized at 530 acres and is 60 percent contained.

Some crews, fire engines and aircraft will be released from the fire today, as there are other wildfires burning elsewhere in Oregon that need additional fire-fighting resources. The fire camp at TouVelle State Park will stay in place through the weekend and possibly into early next week.

The fire burned on private and Bureau of Land Management forestland 5 miles north/northwest of Shady Cove. Rehabilitation projects to protect the landscape against undue erosion and invasive plants will begin as mop-up operations penetrate deeper into the burned area.

Information about fire activity and fire prevention regulations are posted on the “ODF Southwest Oregon District” Facebook page, @ODFSouthwest, and the website www.swofire.com. Maps of the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cleveland Ridge Firefighters Roll Out the Hose for Mop-Up

The fire line around the 530-acre Cleveland Ridge Fire held today and firefighters turned to the task of mopping up remaining hot spots. The night shift crews will work toward completely extinguishing anything still burning within 100 feet of the fire line.

The fire is 50 percent contained.

More than 200 firefighters are working on the fire tonight. They have been counseled to watch for falling trees and rolling rocks, along with less-obvious hazards such as rattlesnakes, yellowjacket wasp nests and poison oak.

The fire began Monday afternoon below Cleveland Ridge, located on private and Bureau of Land Management forestland 5 miles north/northwest of Shady Cove.

TouVelle State Park in Central Point is closed to the public as the park is being used as the fire camp. Please avoid the area in order to allow fire traffic the accessibility they need to the entrance/exit points.

New Mapping shows Cleveland Ridge Fire at 530 acres

Firefighters were finally able to safely walk the perimeter of the Cleveland Ridge Fire last night allowing for a more accurate mapping of the fire. Until firefighters deem the perimeter safe, sizing estimates are made by aerial support. Crews used handheld GPS units to walk along the fire, now estimating it at 530 acres. Fire crews also strengthened fire line overnight, with some areas reaching 25 to 30 feet wide in order to prevent spot fires today.


The fire burning on private and Bureau of Land Management forestlands north/northwest of Shady Cove has a fire line completed around 100 percent of the fire and is 35 percent contained as of this morning.
The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday and started near the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Air and ground support will work today to knock down the fire, continue strengthening control lines and work on mopping up hot spots along the perimeter. There will be a focus on the north side of the fire where the Cleveland Ridge Fire is most actively burning.
Weather conditions today could pose a challenge for firefighters. Temperatures are expected to range from 95-98 degrees, relative humidity between 10-12 percent, morning east/northeast winds at 3 mph with potential gusts up to 8 mph, and evening north/northwest winds at 3-5 mph with gusts up 8 mph. The fire is burning in grass, brush and mixed-age conifer forest. The topography ranges from moderate to very steep. Road access is good to the east and west flanks of the fire, and has increasingly improved on the north side.
The Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice will remain in effect for residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd., as well as residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 Hwy. 227. Firefighters will continue to monitor all structures surrounding the flanks of the fire throughout the day.
Sections of West Fork Trail Creek Road remain closed today. While all other roads are currently open, we ask that people are cautious while traveling through areas with high fire traffic.
As a reminder, TouVelle State Park in Central Point is closed to the public. The park is being used as the site for the Cleveland Ridge Fire fire camp. Please avoid the area in order to allow fire traffic the accessibility they need to the entrance/exit points.
Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found on the district’s Facebook page ODF Southwest Oregon District and the website www.swofire.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Firefighters Make Progress on Cleveland Ridge Fire at 25 Percent Containment

Firefighters are holding the Cleveland Ridge Fire at 635 acres. The fire burning on private and Bureau of Land Management forestlands north/northwest of Shady Cove has a fire line completed around 100 percent of the fire and is 25 percent contained as of tonight.

With the help of aerial support, day shift firefighters made significant progress on the north end of the fire. While the fire is still burning toward the north, night shift crews will continue to strengthen the fire line in order to prepare for the warm temperatures and high winds expected by tomorrow evening.


The Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice in place is being reduced to a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice for residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd., as well as residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 Hwy. 227. We would like to thank all of the fire agencies in Jackson and Josephine Counties for their assistance with structural protection. Road blocks and closures on West Fork of Trail Creek Road are still in place as firefighters continue to work on the Cleveland Ridge Fire.

As a reminder, TouVelle State Park in Central Point is closed to the public. The park is being used as the site for the Cleveland Ridge Fire fire camp. Please avoid the area due to increased fire traffic, if possible.
The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday, and its cause is under investigation.

Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found on the district’s Facebook page at ODF Southwest Oregon District, and www.swofire.com.


August 24 Cleveland Ridge Fire Maps Now Available

Maps for the Cleveland Ridge Fire for August 24  have been posted to SWOFireData. These maps offer the latest fire information and are set to different zoom levels.

Crews Focus on North End of Cleveland Ridge Fire

The size of the Cleveland Ridge Fire this morning is 635 acres. Eighty percent of the fire’s perimeter has a fire line around it. Most of the overnight fire activity was in the north end, which is also where much of today’s fire line construction focus will be.
More than 200 firefighters are assigned to the day shift (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Approximately 150 firefighters worked the night shift (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). Helicopters and air tankers will be available to day shift firefighters.
Residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. remain under a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level, which went into effect at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 were also placed under the Level 2 alert. More than 40 structures are within the evacuation alert area.
A structural protection task force remains in place today to protect homes and other structures in the event the wildfire posed a threat. The team is assembled from engines and personnel from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Weather for today in the fire area is expected to be much like Tuesday: High temperatures in the low 90s, relative humidity in the high teens, and light winds from the north/northeast.
The fire started Monday afternoon, and its cause is under investigation.
Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found on the district’s Facebook pageODF Southwest Oregon District and the website www.swofire.com. Maps of the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cleveland Ridge Fire Grows to 574 Acres

A force of more than 200 firefighters worked throughout the day to relocate fire lines on the northeast and southeast flanks of the Cleveland Ridge Fire, burning on private and Bureau of Land Management forestlands north/northwest of Shady Cove. The fire grew along these flanks today but a wide bulldozer-constructed fire line along the spine of Cleveland Ridge held as the fire reached the ridgetop.

The fire has reached 574 acres in size and fire line has been completed around 80 percent of the fire.

The night shift crews, comprised of approximately 150 firefighters, will work to complete the fire line on the north flank and hold established fire lines around the rest of the perimeter.

Residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. remain under a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level, which into effect at 8:00 a.m. today. Residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 were also placed under the Level 2 alert. More than 40 structures are within the evacuation alert area.

A structural protection strike team stood by today to protect homes and other structures in the event the wildfire posed a threat. The team is assembled from engines and personnel from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties. They will remain in place throughout tonight.

Helicopters with water buckets flew throughout the day to cool spot fires and hot spots along the fire lines. (One of the helicopters made 105 bucket drops.) Air tankers made numerous retardant drops in areas where the fire either crossed or threaten to cross fire lines.

Much of the increased acreage today was due to the fire burning a large tract of forestland west of Cleveland Ridge. This area contains many steep, rocky bluffs and other rugged terrain that was too dangerous for firefighters to work in.

The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday, and its cause is under investigation.

Level 2 Evacuation Notice in place on Cleveland Ridge Fire

A Level Two, "Be Set," evacuation notice is in effect for homes along Tiller Trail Highway 227 from W. Fork Trail Creek Rd. through 6481 Tiller Trail Highway 227, as well as areas surrounding the fire along W. Fork Trail Creek Rd. No structures have been lost, but at least 40 are threatened.

Cleveland Ridge Fire Burns 250 Acres Northwest of Shady Cove

Fire crews worked through the night building fire line on the Cleveland Ridge Fire, located approximately 5 miles north/northwest of Shady Cove. The fire is approximately 250 acres and 70 percent lined as of this morning.

The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday and burned nearly 200 acres of forest by nightfall. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Weather conditions today call for temperatures 90-95 degrees, relative humidity between 15-20 percent, and northwest wind at 5 mph. The fire is burning in grass, brush and mixed-age conifer forest. The topography ranges from moderate to very steep. Road access is good to the east and west flanks of the fire, and poor on the north side.

This morning firefighters will continue to evaluate the need for evacuation notices. The potential for a Level One, “Be Ready,” evacuation notice for homes along Tiller Trail Highway 227 as well as remote areas surrounding the fire is possible within the upcoming hours. No structures have been lost, but at least 40 are threatened.

Sections of West Fork Trail Creek Road remain closed today. While all other roads are currently open, we ask that people are cautious while traveling through areas with high fire traffic.

A view from ODF air attack on the Cleveland Ridge Fire on August 22, 2016.
Along with Oregon Department of Forestry crews from the Southwest Oregon District’s Medford and Grants Pass units, a Rogue Valley Strike Team has been activated. The strike team consists of structural protection units from Jackson County Fire District 4, Jackson County Fire District 5, Jackson County Fire District 3, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jacksonville Fire and Ashland Fire-Rescue. Ten-man and 20-man crews are also on scene, and several Oregon Department of Corrections inmate crews have arrived to assist with fire line construction and mop-up.

Firefighters will work today to knock down the fire, strengthen control lines and work on mopping up hot spots along the perimeter.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management and private lands, all of which are protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District.

Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found on the district’s Facebook page at “ODF Southwest Oregon District” and the website www.swofire.com.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cleveland Ridge Fire Evening Update -- August 22, 2016

Tonight several firefighters will continue working on the roughly 200-acre Cleveland Ridge Fire.
The fire that started near Trail is 30 percent lined.

The fire is burning on grass, brush, and timber on Bureau of Land Management and private land owner property all protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District.

Approximately 40 structures are threatened by the fire. However, there are no evacuations in place moving forward tonight. We will reevaluate fire activity and the need for evacuation notices in the morning. No structures have been lost.

Along with ODF crews from Medford and Grants Pass, the Rogue Valley Strike Team was activated. The strike team consists of structural protection units from Jackson County Fire District 4, Jackson County Fire District 5, Jackson County Fire District 3, Medford Fire-Rescue,  Ashland Fire, and Jacksonville Fire. Ten-man and Twenty-man crews are also on scene.

Firefighters on the ground are facing steep terrain. While tomorrow's temperatures are more favorable, there is still the chance of evening variable winds.

Air attack was an integral part of today's firefight. Four Type 2, one Type 3, one heavy air tanker, and two SEATs created a retardant line along the right flank and upper portion of the left flank of the fire.
By the morning, inmate crews and additional private contractors will be assisting with the fire.

Since the priority tonight was fire suppression, the fire investigation will continue tomorrow.

Cleveland Ridge Fire estimated at 180 acres

Air attack just finished making their final rounds on the #ClevelandRidgeFire near Trail.
The fire started just after 4 p.m. Near W. Fork Trail Creek Road.
The fire has burned 180 acres of grass, brush, and timber and continues to grow. However, the rate of spread has significantly slowed since sundown.
The only area under a Level One, "Be Ready", evacuation notice is Taylor Road which runs parallel to Tiller Trail Highway 227. Some residents have already decided to self-evacuate the area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
We will have a final evening update shortly.

Cleveland Ridge Fire Maps Now Available

The Cleveland Ridge fire is approximately 180 acres burning near the West Fork of Trail Creek. For the latest maps of the incident please visit SWOFireData

New Pocketcard and Stats Sheet Available

With the record high heat and record low relative humidity fire danger has increased greatly over the past week and is setting new maximum ERC/BI values. This trend will persist throughout the forecast period as we will continue the hot/dry weather. Fires have potential to grow quickly and overcome initial attack resources. For the latest pocketcard and stats please visit the SWOFireData website.