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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Oregon Department of Forestry Wildfire Update for the AFTERNOON of August 29, 2011

This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Wildfire Update for the AFTERNOON of Monday, August 29, 2011:

Central Oregon District, John Day Unit: The Cummings Creek Fire, reported at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon, August 29, 2011, is burning in steep creek drainage that is making engine access difficult, near Cummings Creek in grass and juniper. Two structures are threatened by this fire and the Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Department is a cooperator on this fire, with the U.S. Forest Service providing assistance. The fire is actively burning and has been initially estimated at 15-20 acres. Resources on this fire include four five-person crews, seven engines, two air tankers, two helicopters, and two dozers.

Klamath-Lake District, Klamath Unit: The Paygr Fire was reported on Monday, August 29, 2011, burning in grass, brush, and juniper, four miles northwest of Malin. The fire was contained at 12 acres and is now in mop-up status. Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

Jeri Chase, ODF Incident Information Officer
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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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