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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Sunday, July 28, 2013

Browns Creek Fire update


 

 

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 28, 2013  5:15 p.m.

 
 

Browns Creek Fire
           
Central Oregon – A fire, which started at approximately 1 p.m., near Browns Creek on Wickiup Reservoir kept firefighters busy through the afternoon growing from 2 acres to approximately 40 acres by 5 p.m.

Campers at Sheep Bridge campground, areas adjacent to Forest Road 4280 (Forest spur roads 100 and 700), Gull Point Campground and South Twin Lake were evacuated throughout the afternoon with North Twin Lake area being put on notice for evacuation.  Forest Road 42, off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, was closed at approximately 3 p.m. for fire traffic and safety concerns.

Resources on the fire included 3 helicopters, 9 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, a 20 person hand crew, Redmond hotshots,  and both Deschutes County and Forest Service law enforcement personnel

More resources will continue to be assigned to the fire, including handcrews coming off of other local fire assignments.  A Type 3 team is expected to take over the fire early tomorrow morning.

Crews also assisted Jefferson County on a fire around 2 p.m. near Madras that threatened structures.  The fire was contained; however, one structure was burned.

Conditions remain hot and dry around Central Oregon.  Fire officials remind the public to be careful with their campfires.  Always watch or attend your campfire, and completely extinguish it upon leaving.

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