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 22, 2013

Fire danger climbs to extreme in Wild & Scenic reach of Rogue River

The Southwest Oregon District announced today that the public-use fire danger level on ODF-protected lands in the Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River will move up to "extreme" on July 24. No open fires of any kind will be allowed.

ODF protects the Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Marial. The remainder of the section is protected by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The following regulations will go into effect Wednesday morning:

  • Smoking prohibited except in boats on the water, and on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the river’s high-water mark.
  • Open fires prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels will be allowed on naturally vegetation-free gravel bars and sand bars below the high-water mark
  • Travelers must carry a shovel and bucket (one-gallon size).
  • Fireworks prohibited.
For further information about fire restrictions in all parts of the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River, contact the Smullin Visitor Center located at the Rand National Historic Site, 541-479-3735.

For more information about ODF fire season regulations in the Southwest Oregon District, contact the unit office in your area:

  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: 541-664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: 541-474-3152
Southwest Oregon District fire precaution level information is also posted at: www.swofire.com.

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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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