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.