Monday, October 29, 2018

Fire Season Ends Today, but Fire Prevention Continues

After 151 days of being ramped up and ready to fight wildland fires, the 2018 fire season ends today, Monday, October 29, at 9:00 a.m. on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. Lands affected by this declaration include state, private, city and county forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Fire season proved to be challenging throughout the District due to high temperatures and, and in particular, a lightning storm that rolled through the area on July 15. The preliminary totals for the season show ODF firefighters tackling 348 wildland fires totaling roughly 50,000 acres. Of those fires, 106 are directly linked to lightning. This total fire count does not even include the number of alarms firefighters responded to related to fire restriction violations, assisting our local partners, and smoke chases throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties.

The termination of fire season removes fire prevention regulations on equipment use and the use of fire for debris burning. This applies to the public and industrial operations on forestlands. However, many structural fire agencies require permits for debris burning; please check with your local fire department to obtain any necessary permits before burning.

This is a great reminder; while fire season is over, fire prevention must continue. Please be vigilant while burning debris making sure that a burn pile is never left unattended. Also, please use caution while using machinery that could produce a spark. Fall weather in Southern Oregon can vary greatly.

While fire season has officially come to a close, we are still here to help. Fire prevention tips and additional information is available on our Facebook page: @ODFSouthwest, or you can call/visit the Southwest Oregon District office nearest to you:

Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Public Fire Restrictions Lower Today, Fire Season Remains in Effect

Cool temperatures, precipitation and overnight relative humidity recoveries have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to drop the public fire danger level to “Low” (green), Wednesday, October 24, 2018, effective immediately.

The District is also suspending regulated use restrictions. Some of the public restriction changes include allowing ‘all-day use’ of power saws, and equipment for mowing dry, dead grass, however at this time, open burning of any kind will remain prohibited. These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and city lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.

As a reminder, public fire restrictions which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on forestlands.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds, and on private property with the landowner’s permission. 


Precipitation and the continued forecast has lent a helping hand in reducing the chance for difficult wildfires; however, the uncertainty of consistent rainfall could still pose a risk. Fire managers will continue to evaluate the upcoming conditions in order to determine if fire season can be terminated soon.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season public restrictions, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152

Monday, October 15, 2018

Public Fire Restrictions Increase to Moderate

The recent shift back to higher temperatures in combination with windy conditions are forcing fire restrictions across Southwest Oregon to increase. The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will raise to “moderate” (blue), effective as of 9 a.m. on October 15, 2018.

These public fire restrictions are now back in effect:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on forestlands.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations.
  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
  • Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
  • Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use.
  • Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
  • The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
  • Any electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season public restrictions, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Public Fire Restrictions Lower Today, Fire Season Remains in Effect

Continued cool temperatures, precipitation and overnight relative humidity recoveries have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to drop the public fire danger level to “Low” (green) and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to I (one) today, Thursday, October 4, 2018, effective immediately.

Some of the public restriction changes include allowing ‘all-day use’ of power saws, and equipment for mowing dry, dead grass. These regulations affect 1.8 million acres of state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District. 

Precipitation has lent a helping hand in reducing the chance for difficult wildfires; however, the uncertainty of consistent rainfall could still pose a risk. Fire managers will continue to evaluate the upcoming conditions in order to determine if fire season can be terminated soon.
As a reminder, public fire restrictions which will remain in effect, include:

  • No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
  • No fireworks on forestlands.
  • Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
  • Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds, and on private land with the landowner’s permission. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used as well.
Under IFPL I (One) – fire season requirements are in effect. In addition to the following:

  • A Firewatch is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season public restrictions, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152


Monday, October 1, 2018

Fire Danger Level decreases to “Moderate”


The recent rain and cooler temperatures have made it possible to decrease fire restrictions across Southwest Oregon. The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will lower to “moderate” (blue), effective as of 9 a.m. on October 1, 2018.

As a reminder, public fire restrictions which will remain in effect, include:

·         No debris burning, including piles and debris burned in burn barrels.
·         No fireworks on forestlands.
·         Exploding targets and tracer ammunition, or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base, are prohibited.
·         Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels may be used in other locations.
·         Motorized vehicles are allowed only on improved roads; one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher, is required while traveling.
·         Smoking while traveling will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water and other specifically designated locations.
·         Chain saws may not be used between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. During hours outside of this time frame, chain saws may be used but require that the operator have one shovel and one 8-oz or larger fire extinguisher at the work site. A fire watch is also required for one hour after each chainsaw use.
·         Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. These activities will be allowed during hours outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
·         The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. This restriction does not include mowing of green lawns, or equipment used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
·         Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine-use not specifically mentioned is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. during moderate fire danger. Use of any spark-emitting internal combustion engine is allowed outside of this time frame only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
·         Any electric fence controllers must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and be installed and used in compliance with the fence controller’s instructions for fire safe operation.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season public restrictions, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office nearest to you:
Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152
Fire season information is also available online at our Facebook page: @ODFSouthwest.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fire Restrictions Lower for Industrial Operators Today

Recent precipitation and cooler temperatures in the forecast prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to drop the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to II (two) today, effective immediately.
Please note, this is separate from the general public fire restrictions currently in effect. 

ODF Southwest’s public restrictions remain in place and unchanged with a fire danger level of “high” (yellow).

The following activities are not permitted between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:
·         Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites;
·         Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws;
·         Cable yarding
·         Blasting
·         Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal

For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s public or industrial fire season restrictions, visit our Facebook page: ODF Southwest Oregon District.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hugo Road Fire FINAL Update 09/06/18

Quick Facts:
Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 199 acres
Containment: 86%
Current Situation:
This will be the final update for the Hugo Road Fire unless conditions significantly change.
Firefighters continue to boost containment on the Hugo Road Fire, now reaching 86 percent. The fire remains at 199 acres.
Overnight, crews were able to mop up 300 feet from the fire’s edge, adjacent to roadways, and surrounding the perimeter of homes. Within the mop up area, very few hot spots were found. All residences are at a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation notice, and will remain at such until Fire Season 2018 comes to a close, per the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.
Local fire personnel will continue gridding the landscape for interior hot spots and conducting suppression repair throughout the next few days. It is normal to see light smoke during this process, but it is now well within the interior of the fire’s footprint which does not pose a threat to our community. There will still be fire apparatus present until the final mop up stages are complete. We encourage everyone to continue to use caution while traveling through the area.
Thank you again to every single partner agency and community member for the assistance and support throughout this firefight. It is an honor to serve and live in this community.
Evacuations:
Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire all current evacuation levels are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY” notice. Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.
For information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page as evacuation levels are anticipated to change shortly.
Assigned Resources:
Engines: 10
Water Tenders: 4
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 8
Dozers: 4
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hugo Road Fire 09/05/18 PM Update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 199 acres
Containment: 75%

Current Situation:

The containment on the Hugo Road Fire continues to rise as firefighters are making additional progress. The fire is now 75 contained.

Crews have now completed mopping up 250 feet from the fire’s edge. While, the initial plan was to achieve 300 feet of mop up by the end of shift, several firefighters working on the Hugo Road Fire were dispatched to a new fire start six miles northeast of Selma. Thanks to the coordinated response, crews were able to catch the fire at roughly two acres.

A thorough investigation has revealed that the cause of the Hugo Road Fire was a result of a tree falling into a powerline.

Tonight, firefighters will continue to focus on expanding mop up operations around the perimeter, homes, and roadways. Please use caution if traveling through the area.

Evacuations:

Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire all current evacuation levels are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY” notice. Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.

For information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page as evacuation levels are anticipated to change shortly.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 10
Water Tenders: 4
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 8
Dozers: 4
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
ODF Southwest Oregon District​, Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County​, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety​, Josephine County Emergency Management​, Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Hugo Road Fire AM Update 09/05/18

Quick Facts: Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018 Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m. Incident Type: Wildfire Cause: Under Investigation Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon Land Threat: Private Command Agency: ODF Fire Size: 199 acres Containment: 67% Current Situation: Firefighters have now mopped up 200 feet from the Hugo Road Fire’s perimeter and are continuing to boost the containment percentage – reaching 67 percent this morning.
Some community members impacted by the fire have started returning home as evacuation levels were downgraded on several portions of the fire yesterday evening. Today, firefighters from several agencies will continue to expand the mop up footprint with the goal being 300 feet over the next 24 hours. Every single crewmember is working diligently to secure all aspects of the fire in order to ensure that everyone has a safe return home over the upcoming days when additional evacuation levels are reduced. We ask that residence continue to use caution while traveling through the area as engines, crews, water tenders, and dozers will be continuing work at all hours of the day. Thank you again for your support. Evacuations: Per Josephine County Sheriff’s Office: Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire the following changes are being made to the current evacuation levels: Level 3 “GO” notice: 7351, 7396, 7511, 7600, 7637, 7695, 7700, 7719 and 7720 Hugo Rd, 910, 1234, 1270, 1280 and 1291 Oxyoke Rd, 525, 900, 905, 912, and 920 Templin Ave, 398 and 540 Wilson Ln Level 2 “BE SET” notice: 7007, 7151, 7222, 7226, 7230, 7251, 7310 and 7400 Hugo Rd, 225, 255, 345 and 401 Keeta Way, 326, 366, 380, 470 and 490 Monterico Rd, 350, 450, 500, 543, 571, 572, 575, 585, 620, 635, 680, 747, 750, 780, 785, 795, 809, 830, 848, 887, 925, 959, 1360, 1361, 1372, 1380, 1388, 1390, 1395, 1471, 1497 and 1525 Oxyoke Rd, 449, 465, 500, 570, 606 and 630 Templin Ave, 1129 Three Pine Rd, 225 Trevor Way, 291, 350, 370, 381, 401 and 453 Wilson Ln Areas outside of the above describe streets and addresses are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY.” Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season. For additional information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page. Assigned Resources: Engines: 10 Water Tenders: 4 Helicopters: As needed Hand Crews: 8 Dozers: 4 Total Personnel: 211 Air Tankers: As needed Cooperating Agencies: ODF Southwest Oregon District, Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Emergency Management, Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hugo Road Fire PM Update 09/04/18

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 199 acres
Containment: 60%

Current Situation:

Excellent progress was made today on the Hugo Road Fire; crews were able to hold control lines, and contain 60 percent of the fire. Mop up operations have extended 150 feet past the perimeter. Tonight, crews will work to extend that to 200 feet inside the fire lines.

While some resources are being pulled from the lines, firefighters will bring in infrared tools to help detect heat overnight. The soil in those areas will then be turned over and cooled off.

Residents are continuing to return home tonight. Some evacuation notices have been lifted or changed by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (please see below).

Our partners at the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal have also returned home. ODF would like to thank all of our partner agencies and crews who came in to help us tackle this fire in a short window. Full containment, along with the safety of our firefighters and the public remain our top priorities.

Evacuations:

Per Josephine County Sheriff’s Office:
Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire the following changes are being made to the current evacuation levels:
Level 3 “GO” notice:
7351, 7396, 7511, 7600, 7637, 7695, 7700, 7719 and 7720 Hugo Rd, 910, 1234, 1270, 1280 and 1291 Oxyoke Rd, 525, 900, 905, 912, and 920 Templin Ave, 398 and 540 Wilson Ln

Level 2 “BE SET” notice:
7007, 7151, 7222, 7226, 7230, 7251, 7310 and 7400 Hugo Rd, 225, 255, 345 and 401 Keeta Way, 326, 366, 380, 470 and 490 Monterico Rd, 350, 450, 500, 543, 571, 572, 575, 585, 620, 635, 680, 747, 750, 780, 785, 795, 809, 830, 848, 887, 925, 959, 1360, 1361, 1372, 1380, 1388, 1390, 1395, 1471, 1497 and 1525 Oxyoke Rd, 449, 465, 500, 570, 606 and 630 Templin Ave, 1129 Three Pine Rd, 225 Trevor Way, 291, 350, 370, 381, 401 and 453 Wilson Ln

Areas outside of the above describe streets and addresses are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY.” Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.

For additional information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 19
Water Tenders: 9
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 8
Dozers: 4
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
ODF Southwest Oregon District, Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Emergency Management, Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Hugo Road Fire 09/04/18 AM Update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 199 acres
Containment: 45%
Structures Threatened: 265
Structures (Outbuildings) Destroyed: 13
Structures (Outbuildings) Damaged: 2
Residences Destroyed: 2
Residences Damaged: 3
Civilians Evacuated: 663

Current Situation:

Significant progress continues to be made on the Hugo Road Fire. The 199 acre fire burning north-northwest of Grants Pass in the community of Hugo is now 45 percent contained.

Overnight, firefighters were able to complete mop up of 100 feet from the perimeter control line, around the perimeter of structures, and from the edge of roadways. In addition, power was restored throughout the area impacted by the fire.

Today’s primary goal is to extend the mop up area to at least 200 feet. Firefighters want to ensure that the continued afternoon winds do not pose a threat to our current control lines. While gusty winds will continue, temperatures are expected to be in the mid 80’s today and overnight humidity recoveries have improved.

Resources from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be traveling home around 4 p.m. today. Community members can expect to see out-of-area engines departing the fire throughout the day and local engines entering to assist with the transition.

Firefighters from all agencies involved would like to express their gratitude for the community’s support. It is an honor to serve you.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “GO” and Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation notices remain in effect, as of 7:00 this morning. With great progress made overnight, there is a possibility evacuation levels may drop throughout the day. The Sheriff’s Office will be evaluating this decision, and will notify all impacted residences via Citizen Alert once they decide which areas are safe to reenter. For additional information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page.

A human shelter and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 12
Water Tenders: 5
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 10
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies: ODF Southwest Oregon District​, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal​ Rogue Valley Fire Chief's Association,  Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County​, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety​, Illinois Valley Fire District​, Applegate Valley Fire District​, Rogue River Fire District, Ashland Fire & Rescue​, Medford Fire-Rescue​, Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596​, Jackson County Fire District 4​, Fire District 3​, Josephine County Emergency Management​, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and American Red Cross​.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Hugo Road Fire PM Update 09/03/18

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 199 acres
Containment: 30%
Structures Threatened: 265
Structures (Outbuildings) Destroyed: 13
Structures (Outbuildings) Damaged: 2
Residences Destroyed: 2
Residences Damaged: 3
Civilians Evacuated: 663

Current Situation:

A force of over 200 firefighters have lined the entirety of the Hugo Road Fire’s perimeter, boosting containment to 30 percent. While gusty winds are still causing minor flare-ups throughout the footprint of the fire, crews are gridding the landscape in order to keep the fire in check. The fire, burning on private lands approximately ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in the community of Hugo has been mapped at 199 acres in size. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Goals accomplished today include completing and securing the perimeter control line, mopping up 100 feet in and around structures, mopping up 100 feet from all impacted roadways, and completing a thorough structure assessment for the Hugo Road Fire.

While firefighters have been working for the past 24 hours to protect all structures, two residences, thirteen outbuildings, two RVs, and eleven vehicles have been deemed a total loss. In addition, three residences, two outbuildings, and one vehicle were damaged.

Tonight, night shift will continue mopping up from the exterior of the fire’s perimeter moving inward, as well as around structures. While smoke may be present, please know this is a part of the mop up process as crews are turning over hot stumps, removing hazard trees, and exposing hidden fire.

Due to significant progress and improved fire conditions, tomorrow, resources from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will begin their journey home. Structure crews will demobilize in waves, in order to allow local resources to transition into place. It is important to note that while the extra capacity of firefighters will be returning to their respective homes, we are not leaving our community alone. Both local structure and wildland crews will remain present to continue mopping up over the coming days.

Level 3 “Go” and Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation notices remain in place as a safety precaution while firefighters continue to secure the area. Please check out the interactive map, https://bit.ly/2uUku2C, or contact the Joint Information Center for additional details, (541) 474-5305. Also, please be aware that the quickest and most efficient way to receive evacuation notifications is via our reverse 9-1-1 system, Citizen Alert. It is not only a way we can notify people to evacuate in an emergency situation, but it is also how we let them know that they can return home. To sign up, please visit www.rvem.org.

Both the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to thank our community for supporting our unified command throughout this incident. We take pride in our quick and proficient collaboration that thrives each time we are able to keep our communities throughout Oregon safe.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “GO” evacuation notices have been issued to the following residences:
Oxyoke Road from Three Pines Road to Hugo Road, Hugo Road from Oxyoke Road to Three Pines Road, Three Pines Road from Hugo Road to Oxyoke Road, Monterico and all secondary roads off of Monterico, Hitching Post Road, Hasis Road, Trevor Lane, Dakota Lane, Templin Avenue and Wilson Lane.

Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation notices have been issued to the following residences:
Three Pines Road to Monument Drive.
Monument Drive to the Interstate 5 at Milepost 66 interchange.

A human shelter and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 12
Water Tenders: 5
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 10
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
ODF Southwest Oregon District​, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal​, Rogue Valley Fire Chief's Association,  Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety​, Illinois Valley Fire District​, Applegate Valley Fire District​, Rogue River Fire District, Ashland Fire & Rescue,​ Medford Fire-Rescue​, Jackson County Fire District #5​, Jackson County Fire District 4​, Jackson County Fire District 3​, Josephine County Emergency Management​, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and American Red Cross​.

Hugo Road Fire AM Update 09/03/18

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 250 acres
Containment: 15%

Current Situation:

Local wildland and structure firefighters made substantial progress on the Hugo Road Fire overnight, lining most of the perimeter within a few short hours. Crews have been fighting the fire since it started Sunday night in Hugo, 10 miles north-northwest of Grants Pass on the west side of I-5.

Firefighters faced many challenges overnight, including a reported cougar sighting in the area. Live power lines also caused concern as crews worked nearby. However, evening conditions helped crews gain the upper hand on the fire.

Meteorologists are predicting temperatures into the 80’s, and potentially up to the 90’s, with wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour on ridges. These conditions pose a challenge to fire crews, along with steep terrain, extreme fire behavior, and dry fuels.

Today is a critical day on the fire; crews are focused on holding the progress made overnight, and continuing to build and strengthen the fire line currently surrounding the perimeter of the fire. Currently, there is a combination of hose lays and dozer line surrounding 80 percent of the fire. Air tankers and helicopters will be available as soon as this morning’s inversion lifts in order to help minimize fire activity for firefighters on the ground. Safety of the firefighters and the public is a top priority.

Multiple structures remain threatened. While we anticipate damages, or impacts to some structures due to last night’s fire activity, we have not yet confirmed an exact number. Today, local fire districts alongside our partners at the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be conducting assessments on properties in and surrounding the fire’s perimeter in order to make a concrete determination of damages.

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 3 “GO” and Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation notices for homes surrounding the fire. Residents in these areas should have received a Citizen Alert call notifying them of the evacuations. If you have not signed up for Josephine County Citizen’s Alert, Josephine County’s emergency notification system, you can sign up on line at www.rvem.org.

For those under evacuation notices, a human and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.

For more information, call the Fire Information Line at 541-474-5305.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “GO” evacuation notices have been issued to the following residences:
Oxyoke Road from Three Pines Road to Hugo Road, Hugo Road from Oxyoke Road to Three Pines Road, Three Pines Road from Hugo Road to Oxyoke Road, Monterico and all secondary roads off of Monterico, Hitching Post Road, Hasis Road, Trevor Lane, Dakota Lane, Templin Avenue and Wilson Lane.

Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation notices have been issued to the following residences:
Three Pines Road to Monument Drive.
Monument Drive to the Interstate 5 at Milepost 66 interchange.

A human shelter and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 12
Water Tenders: 5
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 10
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 138
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
ODF Southwest Oregon District, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Illinois Valley Fire District, Applegate Valley Fire District, Rogue River Fire District, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596, Jackson County Fire District 4, Fire District 3, Josephine County Emergency Management, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, and American Red Cross.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Hugo Road Fire Update PM 09/02/18

Firefighters are working hard to slow the forward progress of the #HugoRoadFire in Hugo, burning west of Interstate 5 near exit 66.

A grass fire was called in at approximately 7:15 this evening and is anticipated to have grown to 150 acres within just a few hours. Firefighters from multiple agencies, helicopters, and air tankers were able to attack this fire aggressively from the start. However, aerial resources had to be grounded when the sun went down.

Tonight, we have five dozers, six hand crews, 10 engines and multiple water tenders fighting the fire. Firefighters are hoping to completely line the fire tonight and keep the fire in check tomorrow. Crews are facing extreme fire behavior, wind gusts, steep terrain, and dry fuels throughout the entire area of the fire.

In addition, nineteen engines are working specifically on protecting and defending homes. Structures remain threatened.

Right now, evacuations are being issued. All that are in a Level 3 “Go” evacuation area have already been notified by law enforcement, or have received a Citizen Alert notification. Additional Level 2 “Be Set” and Level 1 “Be Ready” will be issued shortly. Please monitor the Josephine County Emergency Management Page for additional details. We will also share those updates here as soon as they are announced.

A shelter has been established for people and animals at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Anyone needing assistance can call Southern Oregon Emergency Aide at 541-226-1124.

The cause remains under investigation.

Partners involved include ODF Southwest Oregon District, Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Applegate Valley Fire District, Illinois Valley Fire District, Rogue River Fire District, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596, Jackson County Fire District 4, Fire District 3, Josephine County Emergency Management, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, and American Red Cross.

Please keep in mind that this incident is quickly evolving, and all firefighters are doing everything they can to catch this fire overnight. We anticipate having a clearer picture of the situation by morning.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Firefighters Stop I-5 MP 54 at Approximately 20 Acres

Firefighters halted the I-5 Milepost 54 Fire burning near Grants Pass at approximatey 20 acres around 5:30 p.m. this afternoon. The initial report came in just after 2:30 p.m. with an estimated size of one-acre. Within minutes, the fire began spreading and spotting upslope in the direction of a dozen homes. While the homes were initially threatened by the fire, no homes were lost or damaged by this incident. Resources from multiple agencies were able to attack the fire both on the ground and in the air, and get a fire line around the perimeter a couple hours later. The steep slopes and difficult access off of the freeway posed a challenge for all crews; however, they were able to make progress quite quickly. The current fire size is still an estimate, and accurate mapping will take place overnight.

Several firefighters will be strengthening control lines and mopping up overnight in order to reach full containment. Fire investigators are currently looking into the cause of this fire, as well as the 1/10th of an acre fire which was knocked down quickly near I-5 MP 51. Please use caution when driving through this area for the remainder of the night as fire traffic will still be present.

This fire is a true testament of our aggressive and safe initial attack. Every single partner's collaboration during this incident lead to this afternoon's success. Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District, Applegate Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Josephine County, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue, Evans Valley Fire District, Rogue River Fire, and Illinois Valley Fire District came together to keep this fire small and protect our community.

This is a great reminder; fire season is not over yet. Please know the fire restrictions in your area before recreating outdoors this holiday weekend. For additional information about the Oregon Department of Forestry, please visit us on Facebook @ODFSouthwest, at www.swofire.com, or call/visit the Southwest Oregon District office nearest to you.

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/31/18 Final Update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 1,971 acres
Containment: 95%

Current Situation:
NOTE: This will be the final update unless conditions change.

Crews will continue mop up efforts into the holiday weekend, with a focus on the north perimeter of the Ramsey Canyon fire. With 95 percent containment, personnel and equipment is being significantly scaled back.

Over the next few days, firefighters on the ground will be conducting fire suppression repair, such as erosion control, throughout the entire footprint of the fire. Crews are using handheld infrared scanners to search and detect heat along the perimeter of the fire in order to secure control lines and extinguish all hot spots.

Meteorologists are predicting temperatures in the 80’s through Sunday, with winds from the north and northwest close to 15 mph. Firefighters are prepared to catch any spot fires that might flare up, although the potential for spot fires remains quite low.

Crews are also facing potential hazards such as debris rollout, falling snags, and working on steep slopes covered in both standing and fallen timber. Safety of firefighters and the public is a top priority.

Residents are expected to continue returning back to their homes. All evacuations have been lowered to a Level 1 “Be Ready” by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. At the height of the incident, nearly 500 structures were threatened. Throughout the entire operation, only one abandoned outbuilding was lost.

As of 7:00 a.m, Friday morning, the Oregon Department of Forestry Type 1 Incident Management Team (Smith) has handed the Ramsey Canyon Fire back to the ODF Southwest Oregon District Type 3 Incident Management Team (Johnson). Any further questions can be directed to the District Office at (541) 664-3328.

Evacuations:
Level 1 (Be Ready): East Evans Creek Road, 15500 through Meadows Road; West Fork Evans Creek Road, addresses of 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., from the 11600-block through the intersection with Meadows Road; Meadows Road, from East Evans Creek Road, south to the address of 14765.

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 5
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 4
Dozers: As needed
Total Personnel: 132
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

We would like to thank you all, our community and partners alike, for the support throughout the entirety of this incident.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ramsey Canyon Fire 8/25/18 PM update

RamseyCanyonFire 08/25/18 PM update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF/OSFM
Fire Size: 1,861 acres
Containment: 25%
Expected Full Containment: 9/10/2018
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 498
Structures Destroyed: 1
Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation:

Fire crews had another successful shift on the Ramsey Canyon Fire.
Along East Evans Creek Road, crews focused on burning out small
pockets of fuel near the fireline. In the southern and western sections of
the fire, firefighters worked to secure water sources and hose lays for
mop-up and conducted mop-up operations. On the eastern portion of
the fire, firefighters found and extinguished two small spot fires that
were smoldering outside the containment lines. Wildland and structural
crews will monitor these areas through the night.

All these actions were preparation for the mop-up phase of the fire.
“Mop-up is the name of the game,” said Operations Section Chief Trainee
John Tillotson. Mop-up is a methodical process of putting the fire
completely out. On some parts of the Ramsey Canyon Fire mop-up has
already begun. In other places, crews have been busy putting the
required equipment into place; such as water tanks, pumps and hose
lays. Fallers began cutting down snags that may pose a threat to crews
mopping up at night.

Smoke may be visible in the interior of the fire due unburnt fuels
continuing to burn.

“The Department of Forestry is proud of its aggressive night shift. We
are even prouder of the excellent safety record our night shift crews
have maintained,” said ODF IMT 2 Incident Commander Joe Hessel.
“Night shift did great work last night with the burnout operation. I ask
that you once again set your day shift colleagues up for success.”

Gusty winds of 14-20 miles per hour on the ridges will test the fire lines.

The Red Cross has setup a shelter at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill at
806 6th Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525. The phone number is 1-888-680-
1455.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “Go”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:

Engines: 66
Water Tenders: 14
Helicopters: 8+
Hand Crews: 30
Dozers: 8
Total Personnel: 1072
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:

Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/25/18 AM Update

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/25/18 AM update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF/OSFM
Fire Size: 1,861 acres
Containment: 17%
Expected Full Containment: 9/10/2018
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 498
Structures Destroyed: 1
Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation:

Last night, crews successfully completed burnout operations on the northwestern portions of the fire. Wildland and structure firefighters worked side by side to bring the fire down to control lines just behind the structures on East Evans Creek Road. The burnout operations added several hundred acres to the fire’s size and significantly increased the ability of control lines to stop the fire’s spread.

“It was a pivotal day. Yesterday, we were we able to build a fire line and hold it—which has been a very rare occasion this summer,” said Joe Hessel, ODF IMT 2 Incident Commander. “Our mission is to keep the fire behind the homes. I’m asking our firefighters to work really hard today to hold and secure these lines before the warm weather hits.”

Last night’s primary mission was to put fire on the ground in a safe and controlled manner. Today’s objective is to hold it. Holding operations today will include strengthening control lines where needed, burning any unburned pockets of fuel near containment lines, and watching for rolling debris and other material that may bring fire across control lines.

Fire crews will begin bringing water to the fire (aka “plumbing the fire) to support mop up and suppression operations. Structure crews from Oregon State Fire Marshall will be supporting wildland crews and providing ongoing structure protection.

Additionally, equipment operators will open strategic roads outside of the fire’s perimeter to use as contingency control lines.

The inversion moderating fire behavior will lift this afternoon, causing an increase in fire behavior. Winds of 10-12 miles per hour with gusts up to 15 will test the fire lines.

The fire burned one outbuilding on August 22, 2018 during initial attack.
The Red Cross has setup a shelter at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill at 806 6th Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525.  The phone number is 1-888-680-1455.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “Go”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:

Engines: 45
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 8+
Hand Crews: 21
Dozers: 9
Total Personnel: 795
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:

Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ramsey Canyon Fire p.m. update August 24, 2018

Ramsey Canyon Fire p.m. update August 24, 2018

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF/OSFM
Fire Size: 1,329 acres
Containment: 17%
Expected Full Containment: 9/10/2018
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 315
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation:

The heavy smoke that previously hampered air operations on the Ramsey Canyon Fire lifted earlier this afternoon, allowing fire managers to make good use of aviation resources to help keep the fire in check. Four helicopters cooled the fire with bucket drops and a three air tankers reinforced containment lines with targeted retardant drops.

Fire control lines in northern, eastern and southern parts of the fire were holding well. Mop up operations have begun in some parts of the fire.

While the clearer air allowed greater use of aviation resources, it also led to an uptick in fire behavior. On the northwest side of the fire, south of Evans Creek Road, afternoon winds and sunlight on the fire drove increased fire behavior. The fire backed erratically down toward the road, leaving unburnt sections that could pose problems later.

This evening fire crews are conducting burn out operations on the slope above Evans Creek Road to reduce unburned fuel and decrease the chance of an unplanned uphill run.

Tonight, Oregon State Fire Marshal will have two structure protection task forces supporting the wildland crews and protecting homes. Tomorrow, four structure protection task forces will be protecting homes around the fire’s perimeter.

Tonight’s weather will bring higher humidity recovery which will aid the ongoing burnout operations. Winds of 10-12 miles per hour with gusts up to 18 will test the fire line.

The Red Cross has setup a shelter at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill at 806 6th Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525. The phone number is 1-888-680-1455.


Evacuations:

Level 3 “Go”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C

For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 45
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 8+
Hand Crews: 26
Dozers: 9
Total Personnel: 795
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:

Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/24/18 AM Update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF/OSFM
Fire Size: 1,329 acres
Containment: 15%
Expected Full Containment: 9/10/2018
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 315
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation:
The Ramsey Canyon Fire was active early in the evening with fire activity on the south-east corner and in the north. On the north side, the fire continues to back down the ridge toward Evans Creek along East Evans Creek Road. It is currently staying at the creek and has not crossed East Evans Creek Road.
The south side of the fire is down to Ramsey Road and is holding. The fire is expected be active on the south side near the intersection of Ramsey Road and Ramsey Canyon Road and is expected to hold there.
The north side of the fire is in steep, rugged terrain and is slowly moving to the north. The Oregon State Fire Marshal will have two structure protection task forces working in the homes to the north of the fire. There will also be two task forces working on the east side of the fire assessing and protecting homes there.
The cooler weather will help firefighting efforts today. Temperatures will be in the mid 70’s to mid 80’s and relative humidity will be in the 25-30% range. Winds are expected to pick up in the afternoon, with similar winds in the 11-14 mph range late in the after-noon. This will cause fire activity to increase at that time.
Yesterday, smoke over regional airports prevented air tankers from working on the fire. Helicopters will continue to work the fire as conditions permit. If the smoke clears at the regional airport air tankers will assist in firefighting efforts.
Acreage is updated from the first infrared flight over the fire.
There are Level 2, Get Set, and Level 3, Go!, evacuations around the fire area. For detailed evacuation areas go to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office evacuation refer to the interactive map to check a specific address: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
The Red Cross has setup a shelter at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill at 806 6th Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525. The phone number is 1-888-680-1455.
There will be a public meeting tonight, August 24th at 6PM at Hanby Middle School in the gymnasium. The public is invited to attend to get the latest fire information from the Incident Management Teams.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “Go”
East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set”
East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 38
Water Tenders: 17
Helicopters: 5+
Hand Crews: 14
Dozers: 11
Total Personnel: 631
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/23/18 PM Update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF / OSFM
Fire Size: 1,500 acres
Containment: 15%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0

Current Situation:

The Ramsey Canyon Fire was active on the north edge and southeast today. In the southeast corner, northwest winds pushed it into dry fuels. The fire also bumped up against Ramsey road, but has not crossed it. Air operations are focusing in these areas to help in firefighting efforts. Smoke over the fire prevented heavy aircraft to make retardant drops. But helicopters were active over the fire the entire day.
The north side of the fire backed down to East Evans Creek Road where it is along the road, but has not crossed it. Fire crews will work overnight to secure the line in this area. Overall, the fire is 30% lined with direct line and 30% lined with indirect line. Some of these lines are plumbed and secured.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal Team will be doing assessment and protection of homes in the evacuation areas. They will be working overnight and through the day with four task forces during day shift and two task forces working night shift.
The smoke is expected to lift when winds show up in the late afternoon and evening. Winds are expected to be sustained between 11– 14 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. These conditions will increase fire activity across the fire with some crowning and spotting expected. Overnight the wind will drop to 2-4 mph when temperatures drop into the 50’s and relative humidity will be in the 80’s, which will help crews working throughout the night to build and strengthen lines.
The Red Cross has setup a shelter at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill at 806 6th Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525.
There will be a public meeting tomorrow, August 24th at 6PM at Hanby Middle School in the gymnasium. The public is invited to attend to get the latest fire information from the Incident Management Teams.
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 took over control of the Ramsey Canyon Fire as of 1400 today. They are in unified command with Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team.

Evacuations:

Level 3 “Go.”
East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set.”
East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541)226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Cooperating Agencies:
Oregon Department of Forestry​, BLM Oregon & Washington​, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon​,  Jackson County Emergency Management​, American Red Cross​, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest​

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/23/18 AM Update

#QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 800 acres
Containment: 15%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 211
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation:
Overnight, firefighters were able to complete a combination of dozer line and hand line around roughly 30-percent of the Ramsey Canyon Fire’s perimeter. Spot fires continued to be an issue overnight due to the dense landscape and steep terrain.
Structural task forces stayed out all night protecting homes and making assessments for any potential changes in evacuation levels. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will remain the source for accurate and timely notification releases.
Today’s weather forecast includes a chance of gusty winds similar to yesterday evening. Ridgetops and canyons can reach up to 20-25 mph if conditions come to fruition. If fire activity allows, we hope to get a more accurate size of the fire mapped via ground GPS tools.
A remote helibase is set up and will be utilized. Please know that our aircraft can only fly when visibility is safe enough to do so. However, we have several firefighting aircraft geared up and ready to go.
An Oregon Department of Forestry Type I Incident Management Team, alongside an Oregon State Fire Marshal Team will assume command of the fire at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon in order to alleviate the local district’s initial attack resources.
It is important to note that this is the same location as the 1994 Hull Mountain Fire where a firefighter fatality happened so close to home. We are keeping firefighter and public safety on the forefront of our thoughts, as always, and each crew is being asked to review their “watch out” situations throughout the day.

Evacuations:
Level 3 “Go”
Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 17000.

Level 2 “Be Set”
East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, the addresses 16840, 16880, 16901, and 16933.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 28
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 4
Hand Crews: 15
Dozers: 12
Total Personnel: 360+
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

#FireSeason2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/22/18 PM Update

QuickFacts:
Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 600 acres
Containment: 0%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 211
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0



Current Situation:
Extreme fire behavior and gusty ridgetop and canyon winds caused the Ramsey Canyon Fire to spread rapidly just before sundown. The fire is estimated to have grown a few hundred acres within the last two hours of daylight. The current fire size is approximately 600 acres.
Currently, night shift resources will continue to attack the fire directly and construct fire line along the flanks of the fire. Access to the fire has been difficult from the start. Dozers will continue to build access roads, as well as contingency lines. While aircraft cannot be utilized overnight, firefighting aircraft will be making water/retardant drops tomorrow as soon as the daylight and visibility allows.
In the upcoming hours, shelters will be established for our community. Details to come in the morning.
Tomorrow, an Oregon Department of Forestry Type I Incident Management Team, alongside an Oregon State Fire Marshal Team will assume command of the fire in order to alleviate the local district’s initial attack resources.

Evacuations:
Level 3 “Go”
Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 17000.

Level 2 “Be Set”
East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, the addresses 16840, 16880, 16901, and 16933.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 28
Water Tenders: 8
Helicopters: 8
Hand Crews: 8
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 220
Air Tankers: 8

Cooperating Agencies:
Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management,American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Thursday, August 9, 2018

08/09/18 Garner Complex FINAL Update: Firefighter Efforts Continue to Boost Containment on Garner Complex

The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District has completed a smooth transition with Florida Forest Services Red Team and is now assuming command of the Garner Complex, effective immediately. While this does mean that some out-of-area resources are leaving to other fires that require more assistance, this does not mean that all resources will be removed from the fire lines within the complex. Approximately 200 firefighters and additional personnel will continue gridding the landscape for hot spots on the 7,816 acre Grave Creek, 836 acre Pleasant Creek, 228 acre Spencer Creek, and 6 acre King Mountain Fires. The entire complex remains sized at 8,886 acres and is now 87 percent contained. Crews will not leave the fires until reaching full containment. In addition, rehabilitation projects to protect the landscape against undue erosion and invasive plants will continue. All of the communities surrounding the Garner Complex will remain at a Level One, “Be Ready,” evacuation notice until mop up operations are complete and the Sheriff’s Office deems there to be no lingering threats due to fire activity. However, it is important to remember that ODF Southwest always encourages that every single member of the public is at a “Be Ready” standpoint the entirety of fire season. This will be the final news release for this complex, unless a significant event prompts otherwise. The Garner Complex 2018 Facebook Page, and corresponding Inciweb page will be removed within 48 hours, and all future updates and inquiries are asked to be made through the local ODF Southwest Oregon District Facebook Page and our unit offices. We, at the District, are thankful for all of our fire family that came to help us in our time of need. The tremendous efforts and support of all firefighters across the country helped to make this an efficient and successful firefight. Fire officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season restrictions, visit our website, www.swofire.com.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Garner Complex Update 8-6-18

Daily Update 8-6-18 9:00 a.m.

QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 82% - Garner Complex
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/10/18
Location: Jackson County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $41,180,000 million
Personnel: 894
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 23
Engines: 31
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 17
Assigned Aircraft: 10
Structures Threatened: 564
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries: 17
Firefighters on the Garner Complex are working diligently toward handing the management of the fire back to the local Oregon Dept. of Forestry district.
Crews using palm-held infrared scanners are finding fewer hot spots near containment lines as mop up winds down. Eliminating hot spots continues along a portion of the western control line of the Grave Creek fire and and an eastern portion of the Pleasant Creek Fire.
Extinguishing the remaining hot spots is a top priority for today’s crews. Pulling and removing hose from the fire is a another priority for sections of the containment line that have been put into patrol status. None of the hot spots pose a threat to the fire’s control lines and will be methodically extinguished.
The northern portion of the fire remains in patrol status and the other areas of the fire are expected to enter patrol status over the next few of days.
As patrol status is achieved along sections of the containment line, fewer crews are needed to contain the fire. Some crews and their camp support teams are being released from assignment, making them available to support other fires in the region.
In addition to winding down the Garner Complex, fire managers also remain ready to support initial attack on new incidents that may arise near the fire.
The Suppression Repair division is working closely with the Bureau of Land Management and private landowners to prevent sediment washing into fish bearing streams. Crews are using bulldozers and excavators for earth moving as well as a wood chipper to process slash and small trees alongside control lines.
For a printable, downloadable copy of this update click: https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexUpdate8-6-18


Photos: Inmates from the Snake River Correctional Facility roll up miles of hose returned to the Garner Complex incident base.