Friday, September 2, 2016

Firefighters Continue Mopping Up Gold Canyon Fire

The 61-acre Gold Canyon Fire is now 85 percent contained.
The forecast is favorable for firefighting efforts throughout the day; temperatures range from 75 to 80 degrees and relative humidity will remain in the upper 20s. Wind gusts up to 5 mph could be present by the afternoon.
Firefighters will be mopping up 500 to 600 feet inside the fire line today further strengthening the containment of this fire. As long as conditions do not change, resources will begin being pulled from the fire Saturday.
Residents on Wildpark Lane and Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level throughout the day as a precaution. No structures have been lost.
The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. and its cause is under investigation. The fire investigator has made progress toward narrowing down the cause; however, official results have not been released.
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 at www.swofire.com.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Firefighter Efforts Boost Containment on Gold Canyon Fire

In the past 24 hours, air and ground support on the Gold Canyon Fire made significant progress on containment. The 61-acre fire is now 60 percent contained.
Fire activity is expected to remain minimal today. Temperatures will be cooler today in the high 70s and low 80s; however, there is a potential for wind gusts throughout the afternoon.
Firefighters will be mopping up 200 feet inside the fire line today further strengthening the containment of this fire. Ground crews will also be gridding green areas surrounding the line for potential hot spots.
Residents on Wildpark Lane and Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level throughout the day as a precaution. No structures have been lost.
The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. and its cause is under investigation. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District is still asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people who may be responsible for starting the Gold Canyon Fire.
Please call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit office at (541) 471-3883 if you have information that will help identify people or vehicles in the area at that time. Information received will be confidential.
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 at www.swofire.com.

 ODF Southwest Oregon District Medford Crew 319 on the first day of the fire shortly after a retardant drop.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GPS Mapping Shows Gold Canyon Fire at 61 Acres

Today firefighters walked the divisions of the Gold Canyon Fire allowing for a more accurate mapping of the perimeter. Crews used handheld GPS units to walk along the fire, now estimating it at 61 acres. The fire is 30 percent contained.

Residents on Wildpark Lane and Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level throughout the night. No structures have been lost.

Firefighters on the ground are facing steep terrain. While tomorrow's temperatures are favorable throughout the morning, low relative humidity and variable wind gusts up to 20 mph could pose a challenge for firefighters on the line by the afternoon. Tonight firefighters will continue to extinguish hot spots and make sure fire lines remain secure.

The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. and its cause is under investigation. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District is asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people who may be responsible for starting the Gold Canyon Fire.

Please call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit office at (541) 471-3883 if you have information that will help identify people or vehicles in the area at that time. Information received will be confidential.

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 at www.swofire.com.

New Maps Now Available for Gold Canyon Fire

This morning by 11 a.m.  the entire area of the Gold Canyon fire had reconnaissance performed. New maps and data are being published regularly now and will update as needed. Please visit SWO Fire Data for the latest maps and data.

Help Wanted to Determine Cause of Gold Canyon Fire

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District is asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people who may be responsible for starting yesterday’s Gold Canyon Fire, which burned 120 acres of forestland south of Selma in Josephine County. The fire was reported at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday alongside Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) near the intersection with Gold Canyon Drive.

Please call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit office at (541) 471-3883 if you have information that will help identify people or vehicles in the area at that time. Information received will be confidential.

Gold Canyon Fire now 20 percent contained

Fire crews worked through the night building and strengthening fire line on the Gold Canyon Fire south of Selma. The fire is approximately 120 acres, 100 percent lined and 20 percent contained as of this morning.

The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. burning in steep terrain consisting of tall brush and timber. The cause is under investigation.

Weather conditions today call for temperatures in the mid 80s. While temperatures and relative humidity is favorable, there is a chance of variable winds reaching 5 mph.

This morning firefighters will continue to strengthen fire line, monitor fire activity for hot spots and mop up 50 feet within the line. Fire crews will also be walking the perimeter in order to get an accurate size of acres burned. Unless conditions change, we anticipate the fire size to be smaller than originally estimated from the air.

Today, residents on Wildpark Lane and Terrece Place will remain at a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level; residents on Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level, unless conditions change. The Rogue Valley Strike Team has been released, and the Illinois Valley Fire District will lead structural protection throughout the day.

An American Red Cross shelter has been set up at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass in the gymnasium for residents evacuated from the Gold Canyon Fire.

Redwood Highway is back open this morning. Please be cautious while driving through the fire area. There will be an increased presence of fire traffic along the road.

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 at www.swofire.com.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gold Canyon Fire stopped at 120 acres

Tonight firefighters will work to complete a fire line around the perimeter of the roughly 120-acre Gold Canyon Fire.
The fire burning south of Selma on ODF-protected lands is 85 percent lined and five percent contained.

Approximately 200 structures are threatened by the fire. However, no structures have been lost.

Residents on Wildpark Lane and Terrece Place are being reduced to a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level; residents on Reeves Creek Road are being reduced to a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level, effective immediately.

An American Red Cross shelter has been set up at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass in the gymnasium for residents evacuated from the Gold Canyon Fire.

Gold Canyon Fire, photo courtesy of ODF ATGS Jesse Blair
Air attack was an integral part of today's firefight. Heavy air tankers and helicopters made numerous drops on the fire.

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

A structural protection strike team was activated to protect homes and other structures in the event the wildfire moved closer to homes. The team is assembled from engines and personnel from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties consisting of units from Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596, Jackson County Fire District 3, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jacksonville Fire, Ashland Fire-Rescue, Applegate Valley Fire, City of Grants Pass Fire, Illinois Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Josephine County and Rogue River Fire. Some engines will remain in place throughout tonight.

Gold Canyon Fire, photo courtesy of IVFD Dale Sandberg
By the morning, inmate crews and additional private contractors will be assisting with the fire.

The fire was reported today at 4:53 p.m. 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 at www.swofire.com.



Monday, August 29, 2016

New Pocketcard and Fire Stats

ERC values and fire danger have spiked recently. There is potential for any fire start to exceed initial attack and require extra resources. During the forecast period we should check back a little with cooler temperatures. For the latest pocketcard and stats please visit SWO Fire Data