Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Grave Creek fire in SW Oregon


The Grave Creek fire in Josephine County 11 miles southwest of Glendale is now 26 acres in size and 70 percent contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue River Fire District, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County and Shutter Creek Corrections are among the 60 fire personnel assigned to the fire.


The fire started Sunday evening around 6:30. Four ODF engines were dispatched and worked overnight to insure the fire did not cross Marial- Reuben Road. Though the terrain is extremely steep and difficult to move in, fire crews are making progress in containing the fire, completing line construction on the east and west side (below the Rogue River Trail).

Closures in Effect:

• The Rogue River Trail is closed in the fire area, 1.5-to-2 miles downstream from the Grave Creek boat landing.

• Marial Rd. and Mt. Reuben Rd. are closed in the area nearest the fire.

Brian Ballou, ODF SW Oregon District

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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