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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rooster Rock Fire Update - Evacuation re-entry information line

Fire News - Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 3, 2010 - 3:30 p.m.
Contact Media Desk, 541-416-6811
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire

Central Oregon - The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Search and Research volunteers implemented a precautionary evacuation yesterday for homes approximately two miles south and two miles west of Plainview. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Sisters Elementary School, 611 E Cascade Street in Sisters. The Incident will evaluate the evacuation order this afternoon and determine if residents can return to their homes, and residents will be able to call a recorded message line to learn about re-entry.

For recorded information regarding re-entry, residents can call the Deschutes County Sheriff evacuation line at: 541-550-4886

Public Meeting Notice: There will be a public meeting to provide information on the Rooster Rock fire tonight at 7 p.m. at Sisters Elementary School. Incident Commander Mark Rapp will be at the meeting to answer questions about the incident.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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