Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Federal team now in command of Buckhorn Fire

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team, incident commander Mark Rapp, assumed command of the Buckhorn Complex this morning at 0600 hours. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Wheeler High School in Fossil, Oregon.

Two fires of approximately 2,200 acres and 100 acres make-up the Buckhorn Complex. Yesterday, the largest fire of the complex burned down to the John Day River and crossed over the river. A large burn-out operation was also conducted to secure the west and southwest flank. Additional crews are on order as well as five engines. These firefighters will be used on the line and also to assist with initial attack responsibilities. The combined acreage is totaling 2,300 acres with an estimated containment of 20 percent.

There are no closures at this time but recreation floaters and rafters are asked to be aware that helicopters are dipping water from the John Day River to be used for fire suppression and are asked to stay clear of the dip sites.


Acres: 2,300
Containment: 20%
Location: 13 miles north of Clarno
Cause: Lightning
Start Date/Time: Reported July 27, 2010, 1148 hrs
Total personnel: 121
Crews: 4, Engines:5, Helicopters: 1- medium, 2-heavy lift, Water tenders: 1

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