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 30, 2012

Morning update - August 30, 2012

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected land were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.



Pending weather conditions, there is planned to be a 100-acre prescribed agricultural burn operation at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Reserve about 3 miles south of Corvallis today. The smoke plume is expected to be visible in much of the mid-Willamette Valley on Thursday. This land is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


The Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 71,000 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 45 percent contained. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3) is working this fire, reflecting multiple land ownerships including U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands. Fire began Monday August 20 due to a lightning strike. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. Community meetings to update local residents on the fire are scheduled for tonight in Imnaha and Friday night in Joseph. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at:


The Parish Cabin fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. Fire is currently 5,000 acres and uncontrolled. Local officials on Tuesday evacuated Lake Creek Youth Camp, Parish Cabin Campground, and surrounding dispersed informal campsites. Evacuations were coordinated and carried out by the Grant County Sheriff. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is now leading the fire response. USFS law enforcement officers on Wednesday provided escorted limited entry into the fire area to assist people evacuated with recovery of personal belongings. Cause of the fire is under investigation. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

The Danner Loop 2 fire was reported Tuesday about eight miles west of Jordan Valley in Malheur County. Fire is burning on BLM-managed lands, covering 20,461 acres and is 50 percent contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Hay Creek fire was reported Tuesday burning on federal lands 8 miles NE of Madras. As of Thursday morning, the fire has burned 1,016 acres and is 30 percent contained. Cause of the fire is believed to be human-caused.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,192 acres and is 65 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:

Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs Office

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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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