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





Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Round-up of three complex fires in Oregon

The Oak Flat fire in the Rogue River National Forest reached 100 percent containment Tuesday and has been estimated at 7,494 acres in size. Command of the fire was released from the federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team to a local incident management team. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/


The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada. Command of this fire incident was scheduled to be transferred from the Portland-based National Incident Management Organization team to a local incident team on Wednesday morning. The latest mapping shows the total size of the Complex to be 4,775 acres with containment at 80 percent. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088 

The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained. Highway 242 has re-opened. An area closure remains in effect for portions of the Mt Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the McKenzie River Ranger District. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082

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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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