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





Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday update on central Oregon fires

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Fire crews coordinated by COIDC continue to make progress on a series of lightning fires ignited after several thunderstorms passed through Central Oregon this week. No new lightning fires were turned in Sunday to COIDC; however, two additional abandoned campfires were reported – making the last three fires reported human-caused. Fire officials in Central Oregon continue to remind people recreating on public land to extinguish their campfire each and every time they leave their site.


The Tubbs Fire (Incident #465), reported shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, is now 211 acres and is 40 percent contained. Crews have the perimeter lined and are beginning to mop up any hotspots along the edge of the fireline.

Incident #466, burning on Warm Springs Tribal lands under an agreement with the BLM for fire suppression 17 miles southwest of Fossil, is four acres and was expected to be 100 percent contained Sunday evening.

Interagency fire crews continue to assist the Fossil Rural Fire Department on Incident #460, burning approximately 3-4 miles south of Fossil, Oregon. The fire is 410 acres and is burning on private land. The fire is 75 percent contained Sunday evening and has been lined with a combination of hand- and dozerline.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center coordinates response to wildfires in Central Oregon using the cooperative resources of the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire suppression agencies.

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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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