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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands have been reported during the past 24 hours.

Many of the following fires involve road or other resource-area closures that are in effect. Please check the information that is available before heading out to areas that many of these fires may be impacting.

In addition to the other fire information resources that are always available in Oregon during fire season, while the National Incident Management Organization is in Oregon assigned to the Shadow Lake Fire, Kris Erikson, federal Incident Information Officer, is also providing information about fires burning in Oregon on Twitter at!/orfireinfo, on Facebook at!, and on a blog at . These are excellent resources for both the public and the media to monitor and/or sign up to receive updates.

North Central Oregon
The 108,154-acre High Cascades Fire Complex, reported August 24 burning along the Deschutes River, is now 90 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: .

The 6,169-acre Dollar Lake Fire, reported August 27 burning 16 miles south of Hood River, is now 40 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: .

The 2,063-acre Mother Lode Fire, reported August 26, is burning 10 miles northwest of Detroit. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb:

The 9,987-acre Shadow Lake Fire, reported August 28 burning 15 miles west of Sisters, is 30 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy. Potential smoke impacts along Highway 20 and in Sisters this morning due to air inversion, but expected to lift later in the day. A community meeting is scheduled for tonight, September 13, at 7 p.m. at the McKenzie High School Gym in Blue River. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb:

The 88-acre Substitute Fire, reported August 24, is burning in the Willamette National Forest, 14 miles southeast of McKenzie Bridge. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy. InciWeb:

Northeast Oregon

The 8,100-acre Cactus Mountain Fire, was reported September 7, burning in grassland 17 miles north/northeast of Imnaha in Wallowa County. Though primarily on federal lands, 130 acres of the fire are under ODF protection. The Fire is reported as 50 percent contained this morning. Additional information is available through InciWeb:

The 119-acre Chicken Hill Fire, reported September 5, burning 48 miles southwest of LaGrande, is now 75 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing this fire. Additional information is available through InciWeb:

The 353-acre Jim White Ridge Complex, reported August 3, is burning 10 miles east of Cove. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fires with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

Southern Oregon

The 100-acre Lone Mountain Fire, reported September 9, burning in grass, brush, and timber about 4 miles southwest of O’Brien, in Josephine County. The fire is about 100 acres and 95 percent contained. A unified command of the fire has been established between the U.S. Forest Service, Medford District BLM, and ODF. The Oregon California Interagency Incident Management Team (ORCA) assumed fire suppression management of the fire under the unified command. An incident command post has been established at Lake Selmac County Park with over 270 fire fighters and support personnel actively working to quickly suppress the Lone Mountain Fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb:

The 770-acre Umpqua Complex of fires, reported on September 8, burning 9 miles south of Toketee, near Diamond Lake and the North Umpqua Ranger Districts in the Umpqua National Forest, is 10 percent contained. An incident management team from southern California assumed command of the fire on September 11. Additional information is available through InciWeb:

The 620-acre Red Cone Complex of fires is burning 10 miles north/northwest of the Crater Lake National Park headquarters. The fire, which began August 20, is being managed by the National Parks Service with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

The 467-acre Little Butte Fire, reported on September 5, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest approximately 12 miles northeast of Medford, is 95 percent contained. ODF provided initial attack resources and the fire is being managed through a unified command of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and ODF. Fire lines have been completed and firefighters are aggressively mopping-up to meet containment objectives. Fire behavior is expected to pick up early in the day and be fairly extreme due to hot and dry weather forecast for the remainder of the week in this area.

Eastern Oregon

The 1,400-acre Buffalo Fire, reported September 8, is burning 23 miles southeast of Christmas Valley on BLM Lakeview District grasslands. The fire is 80 percent contained.

The 7,000-acre Garden Fire, reported September 8, is burning 8 miles northeast of Fort Rock. This lightning-caused fire is burning in grasslands, brush and juniper within the BLM Lakeview District, and is 50 percent contained.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or to the national Incident Information System website,

The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. However, because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

Jeri Chase, Incident Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

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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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