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





Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Central Oregon fires update - Aug. 7 morning

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 7, 2013 – 10:00 am
Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811 Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire
Email: coidcincidentinformation@gmail.com

Central Oregon – Overnight crews responded to 7 new fire starts in Central Oregon. Three were reported in the Cabin Lake Area, two in the Wickiup Reservoir area and one each in the Odell Lake and Crescent Lake areas. As of early this morning responding forces reported no problems containing any of these new starts.

Central Oregon skies will remain very smoky as the upper elevation westerly winds continue to blow smoke from the wild fires burning in SW Oregon. A combination of a Fire Weather Watch and a Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Central Oregon Area for thunderstorms beginning Wednesday evening through Sunday. Local Initial Attack resources are fully staffed and available for immediate response to any new starts.

Update on the Green Ridge Fire which is burning 14 miles northwest of Sister, Oregon, is now at 620 acres and 30 percent containment with 483 personnel committed to this fire. There currently are no evacuations in place. Additional information is also available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3594/.

Due to fire suppression activities, the Deschutes National Forest has initiated an Emergency Closure in the area of the fire. Key areas included in the closure include:
• Forest Road 14 from the 900 junction to the 1490 Junction
• The East Metolius Trail
• Lower Bridge Campground
• Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery
• Allen Springs Campground
• Pioneer Ford Campground
These closures will remain in effect as long as needed for public and firefighter safety.

Campfire Restrictions have also been implemented effective August 2, 2013 on the Prineville District of Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland of the Ochoco National Forest. Specific information is available at www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville or www.fs.fed/us/r6/centraloregon

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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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