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

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Rooster Rock Fire Update - Sunday, August 8, 2010

Following is the news release issued for the Rooster Rock Fire for Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Rooster Rock Fire Information Center: (541) 549-7610

Sunday, August 8, 2010 8 am Hours of Operation - 7 am to 10 pm

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team (Team), under joint authority from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Deschutes National Forest, assumed command of the Rooster Rock Fire on August 3, 2010. This inter-agency Team is working closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Deschutes National Forest to determine strategy and tactics for suppression of this fire. The Team is working under direction of ODF to meet the objectives of the private land owners. The fire is burning primarily on lands under ODF fire protection responsibility.

Due to progress made on the firelines and forecasted conditions, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office in collaboration with fire officials, have notified citizens that the evacuation order has been reduced. Fire officials would like to remind people to be vigilant with preventing wildfires.

Only one (1) daily update will be issued today and henceforth for this Incident.

With major fire activity winding down, night operations were scaled back to patrol status as firefighters monitored the fireline throughout the night, extinguishing any remaining hot spots. Consecutive successful days of suppression efforts has diminished the potential for very active fire behavior. Isolated pockets of heavy fuels may ignite, but smoldering and creeping will be more likely. Mop up and reinforcement of existing lines will continue today.

To date, the fire has burned 4,779 acres of private land and 1,355 acres of National Forest land, for a total of 6,134 acres. This figure is expected to be the approximate final acreage of the fire. Transition plans are underway to transfer manage-ment of the fire back to local resources. Full containment and transfer is anticipated on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Conditions will remain cool and dry through Tuesday. Today will be partly cloudy with temperatures of 81 degrees with winds 2 to 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph. There is an outside chance for a thunderstorm this afternoon.

The existing Rooster Rock Fire Special Area Closure notice which included the Peterson Ridge Trail system and Forest Road 16 has been lifted, effective yesterday, August 7, 2010 at 2 pm. Motorists and recreationalists are cautioned to lookout for the presence of fire personnel and vehicles continuing to work along the road. Limitations on all other areas stated in the revised closure remain in effect. Visit the fire information website on Inciweb and look for the revised Special Area Closure notice:

Acres: 6,134
Containment: 65%
Location: 6 miles south of Sisters
Cause: Under investigation
Start Date/Time: Reported August 2, 2010, 1141 hrs
Total personnel: 800
Crews: 22, Engines: 24, Helicopters: 3, Dozers: 3, Water tenders: 28 and Overhead: 168


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

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