Saturday, July 21, 2018

Josephine County Sheriff's Office Updates Evacuation Levels for Taylor Creek Fire - 5:00PM

Garner Complex #Update
For More information please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office
INCIDENT: Taylor Creek Fire Evacuation Notices
INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: 7/21/18 @ 2:45 pm
REPORTING DEPUTY: C. Krauss
DETAILS:
Based on recommendations from the Oregon Department of Forestry the residents on Limpy Creek Rd are being placed on a LEVEL 2 “BE SET” Evacuation Notice.
A LEVEL 2 “BE SET” evacuation notice means that you must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.
Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
A LEVEL 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice is also being issued to all of the residents on DUTCHER CREEK ROAD, including all secondary road and streets.
A LEVEL 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice means residents should be aware of the danger that exists in
their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.
This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO CONTACT YOU.
YOU may BE CONTACTED via an emergency notification system.
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.
A Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Grants Pass High School Commons.
Rogue Valley Fire Information telephone number: 541-474-5305
These evacuation notices are based on fire activity from the Taylor Creek Fire.

Josephine County Updates Evacuation Areas Around Taylor Fire

Garner Complex #Update
For more information please contact the Josephine County Sheriffs Office
Josephine County Sheriffs Office Press Release
INCIDENT: Taylor Creek Fire Evacuation Notices
INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: 7/21/18 @ 0900 
REPORTING DEPUTY: C. Krauss
DETAILS:
Based on recommendations from the Oregon Department of Forestry and US Forest Service the residents on Shan Creek Rd are being placed on a LEVEL 2 “BE SET” Evacuation Notice.
A LEVEL 2 “BE SET” evacuation notice means that you must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
A LEVEL 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice is also being issued to the residents on LIMPY CREEK ROAD and RIVERBANKS RD, including all secondary road and streets, from LIMPY CREEK RD TO PICKETT CREEK RD.
A LEVEL 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice means residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.
This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.
If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO CONTACT YOU. YOU may BE CONTACTED via an emergency notification system.
Existing Evacuation Levels in Josephine County:
• West Pickett Creek Rd – Level 3 “GO” (Taylor Creek Fire)
• Pickett Creek Rd and secondary roads off of Pickett Creek Rd – Level 2 “BE SET” (Taylor Creek Fire)
• Oak Flat community at the end of Illinois River Rd – LEVEL 2 “BE SET” (Klondike Fire)
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.
These evacuation notices are based on fire activity from the Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire.

Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act for Garner Complex

Special Update: Garner Complex 7/21/18 3:00
Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act, which authorizes the Oregon State Fire Marshal to send more firefighters from around the state to help the local firefighters protect life, safety and property.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team has been deployed to the Garner Complex and will join ODF Team 2 in unified command at 2:00 P.M. today. Six Task Forces and miscellaneous overhead have arrived today to support the local jurisdictions in structural protection.
At 2 A.M. this morning there was an IR (inferred camera) flight that flew over the complex. This flight enabled us to get more accurate acreage on the fires. Last night before the flight the total acreage reported for the fires was 3,365 after the flight heat detection camera’s were able to more accurately detect the updated acreage of the fires and reported a total acreage of 6,382.
Current Evacuation Orders:
Pleasant Creek Rd: Levels 2 and 3
Grave Cr. Rd is Level 3 north of intersection with Ditch Cr. Rd.
Pickett Rd and all cross roads are Level 2 and West Picket Rd. is Level 3.

Garner Complex Update - 7-21-18 8:30am

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE Morning Update 7-21-18 - 8:30am QUICK FACTS: Size: 6382 acres Change in last 24 hrs. +2327 acres Containment: 8% Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m. Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18 Location: Josephine County Cause: Lightning Est. Cost: $4.085 million Personnel: 1355 Assigned Resources: Handcrews: 45 Engines: 33 Dozers: 11 Water Tenders: 12 Assigned Aircraft: 19 There will be a joint information center set up today to answer questions about all of the fires in the surrounding areas. If you have questions about other fires you can call the center at 541-474-5305. There will be a new Facebook page created today specifically for the Garner Complex fire. You will still find information about the Southwest Oregon fires on the ODF Southwest Facebook page. Last night the Grave Creek #3 Fire continued to burn actively. Crews continue to put in contingency lines around the fire hoping to stop fire activity at contingency points. Operations in considering burning back towards the fire to strengthen the fire lines. The Spencer Fire continues to have great success and is holding in place. Crews have been working to secure the fire lines. The Pleasant Creek Fire is holding within the control lines and mop-up has begun. The Taylor Fire, which was added to the complex at 6:00 P.M. last night was much more problematic than expected. Karl Witz from night Operations said, “the Taylor Fire ran like crazy all night long”. The fire continued to actively push to the south more than tripling in size. Today crews will engage the fire where safety permits, while aircraft will assist in slowing the rapid spread. A fleet if 19 aircraft will continue to fly today with eight more on order. You may not see them right away in the mornings due to inversion layers that hold smoke in place. As the day progresses the inversion lifts and aircraft begins to fly during the peak fire activity times of the day. Aircraft will be flown on this complex as often as safely possible. Current Evacuation Orders: -Pleasant Creek Rd: Levels 2 and 3 -Grave Cr. Rd is Level 3 north of intersection with Ditch Cr. Rd. -Pickett Rd and all cross roads are Level 2 and West Picket Rd. is Level 3. Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com

Friday, July 20, 2018

Garner Complex Update - 7-20-18 9:00A.M.

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 7-20-18 - 9:00pm
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 1,700 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +570 acres
Containment: 8%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $2,242,000
Personnel: 1,075
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 36
Engines: 27
Dozers: 9
Water Tenders: 11
Assigned Aircraft: 16 helicopters
The night crews continued to make progress on the fires. But, with the winds and low humidity overnight the fires on the Garner Complex continued to be active.
The Grave #3 fire was reported at 800 acres and continued to grow overnight. The Section #14 Fire was at 160 acres and active overnight. Smoke and ash from both of these fires is blowing south into the community of Wimer and surrounding areas. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 2, BE SET, evacuation for homes on Grave Creek Road, north of Ditch Creek. Seven addresses are affected. Contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for details and maps.
The Pleasant Fire was at 400 acres. A new spot fire was found and crews began working to contain it. Crews will focus on this fire by opening additional roads to the fire for easier access. They will continue to secure the line on the north side of the fire. Evacuations remain at a Level 2 for Pleasant Creek road between the addresses of 5047-7948. A Level 3 went into place for the 7 houses at the farthest end of the road and residents were notified by the Jackson County Sherriff's office.
The Ditch Fire, previously a smaller fire, grew significantly yesterday afternoon, from five to 60 acres. Crews are working to line this fire and secure it.
To the south, the Spencer Fire #3 is fully lined, plumbed and will begin mop-up.
Helicopters will continue water drops on the fires. There are nine Type-1 helicopters available. Canadian retardant planes are here to assist, but due to the smoky conditions in Medford, were unable to fly. Once conditions improve, they will begin assisting the fire.
The public is reminded to stay out of the fire areas for their own, and the firefighting crews, safety.
Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest
To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com

Thursday, July 19, 2018

ODF Southwest Fire Update 07/19/18


CURRENT SITUATION
Situation Summary:       
Garner Complex Fire Information in Josephine/Josephine County will be released separately by the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2. The fires within the complex include: Spencer Creek, Grave Creek, and Pleasant Creek Fires. The updates will still be shared on our @ODFSouthwest Facebook page and www.swofire.com.


Wagner Creek Complex in Jackson County
Total Complex Size: 250 Total Complex Containment: 50%

Green Top Mountain: 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point. Mapped at 121 acres. Containment has now reached 70%. Handheld infrared cameras will be used on the interior of the fire tonight to identify hot spots that may not be easy to locate with the human eye, or that may be feet-deep under the mineral soil. This will allow crews to thoroughly eliminate any chance of interior smoldering to occur moving forward. No structures are threatened. This will be the final update for this fire, unless conditions change.

Sterling Creek: 7 miles south of Jacksonville. The 32 acre fire is now 70% contained. Mop up operations will continue until we reach 100% containment. No structures threatened. This will be the final update for this fire, unless conditions change.

Trail Creek & Elk Creek Drainage: The last of the dozen challenging fires burning in the Trail and Elk Creek drainages, Cleveland Ridge #3, is being wrapped up today. Starting tomorrow, we will be cold checking all of the fires. The largest of the series, 5.5 miles north to northwest of Shady Cove, remains the 13-acre West Fork Trail Fire. All others are an acre or less in size. The entire series of fires is approximately 70% contained. No structures threatened. This will be the final update for this fire, unless conditions change.

Railroad Gap: Mutual aid to Umpqua National Forest. While firefighters were able to wrap a hand line around the fire last night, mop up operations are just beginning. Heavy timber and steep slopes will make for a slow and steady mop up to reach full containment. The fire is 33 acres, and 5% contained. Smoke will be present while we knock down the interior heat. No structures are threatened.


Fires in Josephine County:

Taylor Creek: 7 miles west of Merlin. Wind gusts, warm conditions, and steep slopes have been challenging firefighters on the line. Several hand crews, dozers, engines, and aerial resources have been attacking this fire all day. The fire is now estimated to have grown to be 338 acres, with a partial control line constructed. Overnight, firefighters will continue to build and strengthen additional fire line. Evacuations remain in place (see below.)

EVACUATIONS
Taylor Creek:
The following residences and businesses are being placed on a LEVEL 2 “Be SET” Evacuation Notice: Pickett Creek Road, West Pickett Creek Road, Green Tree Loop, Bickford Drive, Sanders Creek, Paradise Garden Road, Sallsten Road, Hussey Lane, Steelhead Lane, Cliffside Drive, and Bartlett Lane.

In addition, a LEVEL 1 “Be Ready” evacuation notice is also being issued to the residents of Shan Creek Road.

To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com

Garner Complex Fire Update - 7-19-18 9:00am

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 7-19-18 - 9:00am
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 1,130 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +170 acres
Containment: 8%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 7/31/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $1,450,000
Personnel: 902
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 31
Engines: 10
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 8
Assigned Aircraft: 15 helicopters
Today’s goal for all of the fires in the complex is to continue construction of fire lines around each fire and to catch the smaller ones with more personnel and equipment. We continue to aggressively fight all fires in this complex. The fire team is expecting two large air tankers crossing over from Canada today. In addition, two Chinook helicopters are on order from the Oregon National Guard will be arriving tomorrow. Many of the fires are located in very steep and hard to access areas where helicopters are the most effective equipment. The use of helicopters in steep terrain minimizes the number of fire fighters needed, thus providing for their
safety.
Today’s weather will be similar to Wednesday. Morning inversions will be present, but should be below most fire locations. This means that north-northeast winds will be present at ridgetops in the morning. It will be hot and dry again today with winds shifting slightly to the north-northwest in
the afternoon. Steve Ziel, Fire Behavior Analysist, for the fire said “there will be critically low dry humidity at night and it maybe as low as today”.
Firefighters will experience active fire behavior over night.
Each afternoon fire activity typically picks up as the temperatures rise and winds become more prominent. The public may see more smoke visible during the day. Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution. If you would like more information about air quality in the area you can go to the Oregon smoke blog here http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest
To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com

Fire Danger Level Increases Tomorrow on ODF-Protected Lands

The fire danger level on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Jackson and Josephine counties rises to “extreme” (red) at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 20. This affects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management lands within ODF’s Southwest Oregon District.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will remain at Level 2 (two).
The primary difference between current fire prevention restrictions and those beginning tomorrow affects the public use of power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and mowers, to name a few. The use of power-driven equipment, grinding, cutting of metal, and other spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators, will be prohibited.
Here are the details of the adjusted fire restrictions taking effect on July 20:
• The use of power saws is prohibited.
• The cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
• The mowing of dry or dead grass is prohibited.
• The operation of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned above is prohibited.
The following fire prevention regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect until the fire danger level drops significantly:
• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and designated locations.
• Debris burning is prohibited.
• Burn barrel use is prohibited.
• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. In other locations, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
• Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
• Fireworks are prohibited.
• Any electric fence controller in use shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and operated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
• The use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited.
• Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2.5 pound or larger fire extinguisher.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season restrictions, visit our Facebook page: ODF Southwest Oregon District#FireSeason2018

Taylor Creek Fire Update - 7/19/19 - 9:00a.m.

Taylor Creek Fire #UPDATE
The current size of the Taylor Fire is 160 acres. Additional resources of 10 and 20 person crews will be added to the fire today. Additional aircraft will also be working the fire.
Crews will be taking a direct and aggressive attack on the fire today. They will be working to open a ridge line as a fire break today.
The Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service out of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are in unified command of the Taylor Creek Fire.
A level 2, Be Set, evacuation order by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office remains in place as a precaution.
An additional update will be coming out later for the Wagner Complex.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Garner Complex Morning Update - 7-18-18

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 7-18-18 - 8:30am
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 960 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +700 acres
Containment: 2%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: unknown
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $750,000
Personnel: 542
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 18
Engines: 9
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 2
Assigned Aircraft: 8 helicopters
Yesterday afternoon and through the night fire crews scouted the 12 fires that make up the Garner complex. The crews are working to prioritize these fires. The plan is to fully contain the smaller fires, construct fireline around the larger ones, while continually looking for new unaccounted for fires.
The objectives today for the Grave Creek branch will be to keep the fires east of Grave Creek, north of Pease Springs and Buck Springs. For the Pleasant Creek fire, keep the fire west of Pleasant Creek and south of the 33-4-22 road. The objectives for the Spencer Creek branch are to keep fires east of 37-6-36 road, north of China Creek road, west of Water Gap road and south of 38-6-6 road.
John Pellissier, the day Operations Chief, said at the morning briefing to the fire crews “it is great to see you and we are still waiting for more help”. More fire fighters and equipment have been ordered and will be arriving to aid in the suppression efforts. With six incident management teams de-ployed to the region, resources (fire crews, air support & equipment) are scarce.
Weather forecasters predict hot and dry weather again today with gusty winds tonight. These conditions, along with low relative humidity, can cause very active fire behavior.
The Incident Command Post and fire camp is set up at the BLM Sprague Seed Orchard located at 1980 Russell Rd in Merlin.
There are several other fires in Jackson and Josephine Counties that we are working diligently to knock down and contain. Our air attack platform will be performing reconnaissance flights the entire day. As always, keeping our community safe is our priority.
Evacuations: No evacuations are currently in place.
Closures: Intersection of Murphy Cr. and Spencer Cr. Rd. The end of the County Maintenance at Upper Powell Cr. Rd. and Cedar Flat Rd.
Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest
To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com

Wagner Creek Complex Update 07/18/18 AM

(CLARIFICATION -- This is not the fire burning near Wagner Butte, but fires on ODF protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.)
Date: 7/18/2018 Time: 9:25 a.m.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
QUICK FACTS
Incident Start Date: 7/15/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 9:00 a.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Incident Location: Jackson & Josephine counties
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Wagner Creek Complex Sized: Approx. 250 acres Containment: 30%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Lightning Strikes: Approx. 1,000 across the District Confirmed Wildfires on ODF SWO District: 75
Structures Threatened: 1
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0

CURRENT SITUATION
Garner Complex Fire Information in Josephine County will be released separately by the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2. The fires within the complex include: the Spencer Creek Fires, the Grave Creek Fires, and the Pleasant Creek Fire. The updates will still be shared on our @ODFSouthwest Facebook page and www.swofire.com.

Additional fires in Josephine County:

Swamp Creek: 16 miles north of Rogue River. Estimated at 5 acres. This fire is now part of the Grave Creek Series within the Garner Complex. Please see the Garner Complex update for additional information.

Little Grayback: 8 miles east of Cave Junction. The fire is 100% contained. This will be the last update of this fire; however, a new fire was located just to the south of the Little Grayback Fire. (Please see below).

Nelson: roughly 8 miles east of Cave Junction. Estimated at 3 acres. Firefighters are working on hand line construction. The perimeter line is currently 90% complete. We will be using resources today to knock down and eliminate interior heat. No structures are threatened.

Taylor Creek: 7 miles west of Merlin. Firefighters have been aggressively fighting this fire for more than 24 hours; however, it is still posing challenges due to difficult terrain, unfavorable weather conditions, and limited resources. The fire is estimated to be approximately 40 acres. Dozers, crews, and engines will be engaged building fire line today, alongside aerial resources. While there is one remote structure approximately one mile from the fire’s edge; no additional structures are threatened at this time, as the next nearest structures are miles away.

Fielder: North of MP 53 on I-5. 100% contained. This will be the final update of this fire.

Iron Mountain: Southwest to west of Murphy. Firefighters picked up two additional fires off Iron Mountain, the largest being approximately one acre. Both fires are 100% lined, and mop up will be continuing today. No structures are threatened.

Wagner Creek Complex in Jackson County:

Green Top Mountain: 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point. Still holding at 125 acres. Containment remains at 55%. Overnight, firefighters continued to mop up heavy timber, and will continue making more progress with knock down and mop up today. No structures are threatened.

Sterling Creek: 7 miles south of Jacksonville. Continue progress is being made, and the 32 acre fire is now 45% contained. Please note, smoke will be visible on the interior of the fire as suppression efforts and mop up continues over the next 48 hours. No structures threatened.

Trail Creek & Elk Creek Drainage: Multiple fires are burning in the area surrounding Cleveland Ridge, Elk Creek, and the Trail Creek area which is roughly 5.5 miles north to northwest of Shady Cove. There are approximately 12 confirmed fires on ODF-protected land within the drainage. The largest fire in this area is the 13-acre West Fork Trail Fire, which is now 80% contained Several additional fires continue to burn in the area, but all are being attacked aggressively and safely. All others are an acre or less in size. No structures threatened.

Railroad Gap: Mutual aid to Umpqua National Forest. Overnight, firefighters were able to wrap a hand line around the fire, and mapped it at 33 acres. Today firefighters will continue knocking down the interior. Smoke will be present. No structures are threatened.

There are several other fires in Jackson and Josephine Counties that we are working diligently to knock down and contain. Our air attack platform will be performing reconnaissance flights the entire day. As always, keeping our community safe is our priority.
Evacuations: No evacuations are currently in place.

ASSIGNED RESOURCES
Engines: 25
Water Tenders: 6
Helicopters: 9 (shared)
Hand Crews: 18
Dozers: 4
Total Personnel: 400
Air Tankers: 5 (shared)

Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest

To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wagner Creek Complex Update 07/17/18 PM

QUICK FACTS
Incident Start Date: 7/15/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 9:00 a.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Incident Location: Jackson & Josephine counties
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Wagner Creek Complex Sized: 200 acres
Containment: 30%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Lightning Strikes: Approx. 1,000 across the District Confirmed Wildfires on ODF SWO District: 75
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0 Structures Damaged: 0
CURRENT SITUATION
#GarnerComplex Fire Information in Josephine County will be released separately by the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2. The fires within the complex include: the Spencer Creek Fires, the Grave Creek Fires, and the Pleasant Creek Fire. The updates will still be shared on our @ODFSouthwest Facebook page and www.swofire.com.
Additional fires in Josephine County:
Swamp Creek: 16 miles north of Rogue River. Estimated at 5 acres. The fire is 50% contained. No structures threatened. Progress continues to be made on this fire. Overnight, crews will continue mop up operations.
Little Grayback: 8 miles east of Cave Junction. Holding at 2 acres. The fire has a control line around the perimeter, and is estimated to be 40% contained. Smoke will continue to be present as crews work on additional suppression efforts. No structures are threatened.
Fielder: North of MP 53 on I-5. Approximately 7 acres. Firefighters strengthened and secured the perimeter last night, and will be mopping up today. Smoke will be present. No structures threatened.
Wagner Creek Complex in Jackson County:
Green Top Mountain: 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point. Still holding at 125 acres. Firefighters completed the control line around the perimeter of the fire last night. Containment is now at 55%. Overnight, firefighters will be working to knock down remaining interior heat. No structures are threatened.
Sterling Creek: 7 miles south of Jacksonville. The fire was accurately mapped today; the final fire size is 32 acres. It is 40% contained. Please note, smoke will be visible on the interior of the fire as suppression efforts and mop up continues over the next 48 hours. No structures threatened.
Trail Creek & Elk Creek Drainage: Multiple fires are burning in the area surrounding Cleveland Ridge, Elk Creek, and the Trail Creek area which is roughly 5.5 miles north to northwest of Shady Cove. There are approximately 12 confirmed fires on ODF-protected land within the drainage. The largest fire in this area is the West Fork Trail Fire which was originally believed to be 20 acres; however, the fire is now 100% lined, and 70% contained. An accurate GPS of the fire shows that it is actually 13 acres in size. Several additional fires continue to burn in the area, but all are being attacked aggressively and safely. We are also working in partnership with Umpqua National Forest on a few small fires near Railroad Gap. We will continue to prioritize the initial attack of the remaining active fires tonight. No structures are threatened.
There are several other fires in Jackson and Josephine Counties that we are working diligently to knock down and contain. Our air attack platform will be performing reconnaissance flights the entire day. As always, keeping our community safe is our priority.
Evacuations: No evacuations are currently in place.
ASSIGNED RESOURCES
Engines: 25
Water Tenders: 6
Helicopters: 9 (shared)
Hand Crews: 18
Dozers: 4
Total Personnel: 400
Air Tankers: 5 (shared)
Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest
To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit:www.swofire.com

Wagner Creek and Garner Complex Update 07/17/18 AM

Date: 7/17/2018 Time: 9:15 a.m.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

QUICK FACTS
Incident Start Date: 7/15/2018 Incident Start Time: Approx. 9:00 a.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Incident Location: Jackson & Josephine counties
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Complexes Sized: 565 acres
Containment: 30%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Lightning Strikes: Approx. 1,000 across the District Confirmed Wildfires: 68
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0 Structures Damaged: 0

CURRENT SITUATION
Garner Complex in Josephine County
Swamp Creek: 16 miles north of Rogue River. Estimated at 5 acres. While the fire does have a control line around the perimeter, interior mop up will remain a challenge today. The fire is 30% contained. No structures threatened. ***
Little Grayback: 8 miles east of Cave Junction. Holding at 2 acres. The fire has a control line around the perimeter. Smoke will continue to be present as crews work on additional suppression efforts. No structures are threatened.
Spencer Creek Fires: 1-3 Highly visible from Grants Pass, Applegate, Williams, Illinois Valley, and I-5. 12 miles south of Grants Pass. Approximately 3 fires in the area. Total fires estimated at 105 acres. Spencer Creek #1 and #2 were lined overnight. However, Spencer Creek #3 continues to push firefighters to their limits. No structures threatened.
Grave Creek Fires: 1-4 Series of fires off Upper Grave Creek Road, visible from Wimer. Approximately 17 miles north of Rogue River. 6-7 fires in the area. Total of all fires estimated at 115 acres. Grave Creek #3 is the fire within the series that has the most potential to make runs today; therefore, it is the current priority for the district. Winds along ridgelines will also test current control lines in place. Today, aerial and ground resources will continue to aggressively attack these fires striving to lengthen the current control lines along the flanks. No structures threatened.
Pleasant Creek Fire: 15 miles north of Rogue River. Estimated at 60 acres. Ground resources are working on line construction today, while aerial resources will work on cooling off the head of the fire in order to stop the further rate of spread. No structures threatened.
Tennessee Mountain: 3 miles northwest of Cave Junction. Approximately 7 acres. Last night, firefighters wrapped a control line around the fire. Firefighters will continue mopping up today. No structures threatened.
Fielder: North of MP 53 on I-5. Approximately 7 acres. Firefighters strengthened and secured the perimeter last night, and will be mopping up today. Smoke will be present. No structures threatened.
The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander Chris Cline, will be taking command of a series of fires within the Garner Complex, including Spencer Creek Fires, Grave Creek Fires, and the Pleasant Creek Fire. The local district, ODF Southwest, will remain command of the Wagner Creek Complex, as well as all other fires throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Wagner Creek Complex in Jackson County
Green Top Mountain: 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point. Holding at 125 acres. Firefighters completed the control line around the perimeter of the fire last night. Containment is now at 45%. Today, multiple ground and aerial resources will continue to knock down the interior heat of the fire. No structures are threatened.
Sterling Creek: 7 miles south of Jacksonville. Holding at approximately 100 acres. The fire is 30% contained. Ground and aerial resources will continue to knock down the interior perimeter of this fire today.
Trail Creek & Elk Creek Drainage: Multiple fires are burning in the area surrounding Cleveland Ridge, Elk Creek, and the Trail Creek area which is roughly 5.5 miles north to northwest of Shady Cove. There are approximately 10 confirmed fires on ODF-protected land within the drainage. The largest fire in this area is estimated at 20 acres. Several fires within this drainage were lined yesterday, including an 18 acre fire, and several others sized at one acre or less. This series is 50% contained. Crews will continue to prioritize the initial attack of the remaining active fires today. No structures are threatened.
There are several other fires in Jackson and Josephine Counties that we are working diligently to knock down and contain. Our air attack platform will be performing reconnaissance flights the entire day. As always, keeping our community safe is our priority.
Evacuations: No evacuations currently in place.

ASSIGNED RESOURCES
Engines: 25
Water Tenders: 6
Helicopters: 9
Hand Crews: 35
Dozers: 10
Total Personnel: 1,000 +
Air Tankers: 5

Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou

To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit:www.swofire.com

Monday, July 16, 2018

Wagner Creek and Garner Complex Update 07/16/18 PM

QUICK FACTS
Incident Start Date: 7/15/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 9:00 a.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Incident Location: Jackson & Josephine counties
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Complex Size: 460 acres
Containment: 30%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Lightning Strikes: Approx. 1,000 across the District
Confirmed Wildfires: 65
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0


CURRENT SITUATION

Garner Complex in Josephine County

Swamp Creek: 16 miles north of Rogue River. Estimated at 5 acres. Ground resources were able to complete a control line around the fire; however, snags are threatening the line. The fire is 20% contained. No structures threatened.

Little Grayback: 8 miles east of Cave Junction. Holding at 2 acres. Several ground resources were engaged today securing the perimeter. Smoke will continue to be present overnight and into tomorrow due to continued suppression efforts. No structures are threatened.

Spencer Creek Fires: Highly visible from Grants Pass, Applegate, Williams, Illinois Valley, and I-5. 12 miles south of Grants Pass. Approximately 3-5 fires in the area. Total fires estimated at 80 acres. Firefighters worked tirelessly on this series of fires. By the peak heat of the day, one of the fires made a significant push to the ridgetop. Overnight, several firefighters and heavy equipment will be focusing on securing the perimeter. No structures threatened.

Grave Creek Fires: Series of fires off Upper Grave Creek Road, visible from Wimer. Approximately 17 miles north of Rogue River. 6-7 fires in the area. Total fires estimated at 100 acres. Countless aerial resources were dedicated to this incident until sundown. The fire rapidly grew toward the end of shift near peak burning hours in triple digit temperatures. Overnight, crews will continue flanking the fire, working to achieve a controlled perimeter. No structures threatened.

Tennessee Mountain: 3 miles northwest of Cave Junction. Approximately 7 acres. Crews are close to completing control line around the fire. No structures threatened.

Fielder: North of MP 53 on I-5. Approximately 7 acres. Firefighters established a hose lay around the fire’s perimeter today. Overnight, firefighters will work on strengthening and securing the perimeter. No structures threatened.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander Chris Cline, will be arriving tomorrow to take command of a series of fires within the Garner Complex. The local district, ODF Southwest, will remain command of the Wagner Creek Complex, as well as other additional fires as they pop up this week.


Wagner Creek Complex in Jackson County

Green Top Mountain: 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point. Holding at 125 acres. Roughly 90% of the perimeter control line is complete as the landscape has posed several challenges; however, the containment has boosted to 40%. Ground and aerial resources continued to fight this fire aggressively today, and are working on completing the perimeter’s control line overnight. No structures are threatened.

Sterling Creek: 7 miles south of Jacksonville. Holding at approximately 100 acres. Firefighters completed a control line around the entire perimeter of the fire today. The fire is 20% contained. Ground and aerial resources worked the fire all day. Level 3 "Go!" evacuations have been reduced to a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation notice. Rogue Valley structural units played an integral role involving home protection and defense. Fire crews will continue to knock down the interior perimeter of this fire overnight.

Trail Creek & Elk Creek Drainage: Multiple fires are burning in the area surrounding Cleveland Ridge, Elk Creek, and the Trail Creek area which is roughly 5.5 miles north to northwest of Shady Cove. There are approximately 8 confirmed fires on ODF-protected land within the drainage. The largest fire in this area is estimated at 12 acres. Ground and aerial resources were engaged the entirety of today. Night shift ground resources will continue to knock down and work on control lines overnight. No structures are threatened.

There are several other fires in Jackson and Josephine Counties that we are working diligently to knock down and contain. Our air attack platform will be performing reconnaissance flights the entire day. Please know that all other ODF fires are an acre or less at this time, and are posing no threat to our communities.

Evacuations: No evacuations currently in place.

ASSIGNED RESOURCES
Engines: 25
Water Tenders: 6
Helicopters: 9
Hand Crews: 35
Dozers: 10
Total Personnel: 1,000 +
Air Tankers: 5

Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou

To learn more about wildfire preparedness & fire restrictions please visit: www.swofire.com


Wagner Creek Complex & Garner Complex Daily Operational Video Update 07/16/18


North Klamathon Fire Update 07/16/18 AM


North Klamathon Update
Monday, July 16, 2018   
Russell Wilstead, Incident Commander

Location: Approx. 4 mi. S of Greensprings, OR
Total Size Including Klamathon: 38,008  acres
Percent Contained: 95%
Start Date: July 5, 2018.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cost to Date Including Klamathon: $31,034,000


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Type 2  Hand Crews
Engines
Type 1 Helicopters
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10
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To facilitate safe travel and provide close operational supervision, the portion of the Klamathon Fire in Oregon is now being managed as a separate fire. The Incident Command Post for the North Klamathon fire is at the Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Oregon.

Yesterday’s mission to retrieve equipment and repair fire lines was delayed because of widespread lightning that moved through southwest Oregon. Many resources assigned to the North Klamathon Fire including firefighters, engines, and helicopters were assigned to initial attack on multiple new starts. The resources remaining on the North Klamathon fire continued to patrol and mop-up along fire lines. The projected containment date has been extended one day, with full containment expected today.

Today seven engines, a water tender and three hand crews will remain available for initial attack on new fires resulting from yesterday’s lightning. Three engines, one water tender, one dozer, two excavators, and three hand crews remain assigned to equipment retrieval and fire suppression repair on the North Klamathon fire. Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair impacts to the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion and other issues that might arise from fire line construction. Fire suppression repair is ongoing on the fire’s southern perimeters and is beginning on the Oregon side in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

Today’s weather forecast calls for the beginning of a hotter, drier trend lasting into mid-week.

Trails and roads that connect to the Medford District Bureau of Land Management closure order area continue to be patrolled by law enforcement agencies.  Road closures are in place near Pilot Rock, on the Buckhorn Springs Road, Soda Mountain Road, Baldy Creek Road, and Mill Creek Road. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Highway 99 and Highway 66.

Information about the North Klamathon Fire is available at 503-475-8009.

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