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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Updates on central Oregon fires

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Two fires are being managed in central Oregon by the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management.

Firefighters continued to make progress on the Deadman Canyon Fire on Wednesday and will work over the next several days to construct and improve containment lines around the fire. Fire activity remained low on Wednesday afternoon, with pockets of juniper slash burning inside the fireline. Flame lengths remained between 2-4 feet, allowing firefighters are using a strategy called “direct attack” where they work directly against the fire to build containment lines. Two helicopters supported these efforts with bucket drops.

Containment will remain at 10 percent overnight, with full containment expected by August 5th. The size remains at 3,384 acres on Thursday morning. Approximately 7 structures remain threatened. Highway 293 re-opened Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. People traveling through the area and along Highway 97 should continue to use caution, avoid stopping and watch out for fire vehicles.

Firefighters continue to work on two fires burning on Sutton Mountain in a Wilderness Study Area located 35 miles northeast of Prineville. As of Wednesday evening, the larger of the two Sutton Mountain Fires (Chapman Springs) had grown to 1,000 acres. The fire is burning in a mix of grass, shrub and juniper. The fire is primarily a ground fire with occasional torching of juniper trees. The smaller fire (Incident 322) grew slightly to 500 acres. No structures are threatened with either of these incidents. Access and steep terrain remain a challenge for these incidents. Containment and control of the fire is expected by August 15th.

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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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