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





Monday, July 29, 2013

Douglas Complex Fire Update - 3 p.m., July 29

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2:
Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Green Team - John Ingrao, Incident Commander
Hours of operation: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Phone Numbers: 541-832-0136; 541-832-0137
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Information Line: 1-888-459-3830

Additional Homes Evacuated in Josephine County
Josephine County Sheriff issued a road closure order this afternoon due to fire activity in the area. Lower Wolf Creek Road is closed from the town of Wolf Creek to Leland Road. Lower Graves Creek Road is closed from Leland Road to the Rogue River. Josephine County Sheriff's Office also issued an evacuation order for all residences on Lower Graves Creek Road from the Graves Creek Bridge to Leland Road, Lower Wolf Creek Road, and from Lower Graves Creek to Water Tank Gulch. This new evacuation order affects an estimated 30 residences.

Evacuation orders are still in effect for:
* McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County, and Poorman Creek Road in Josephine County.

Citizens can evacuate to Glendale Elementary School or Josephine County Fairgrounds. Glendale Elementary School is located at 100 Pacific Avenue in Glendale. Josephine County Fairgrounds is located at 1451 Fairgrounds Road in Grants Pass.

For more information, call Red Cross at 888-680-1455.

Fire Statistics
Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
Complex Size: 21,000 acres
Percent Contained: 2%
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/26/13
Total Personnel:1,024

Resources
38 hand crews, 11 helicopters, 29 fire engines, 2 bulldozers, 8 water tenders, and overhead personnel

Places to get information
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
ODF PIO Blog - http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
ODF Southwest Oregon District - www.swofire.com
American Red Cross - www.redcross.org/nss

Fire Contact Info
541-832-0136 or 541-832-0137

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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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