Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. 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




Friday, August 30, 2013

Douglas Complex update - Aug. 30, 2013

Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity readings have helped fire crews continue to make good progress in the final stages of the Douglas Complex Fires. Some 350 firefighters remain to continue mop-up operations, and to work on rehab projects on both the Rabbit Mountain Fire and the Dad’s Creek Fire. Fire officials are still using handheld infrared cameras to check for hotspots around the fire perimeter, but few are being detected. With the fire perimeter looking better each day, firefighters are pushing farther into the black, extinguishing visible smokes.

With Labor Day Weekend coming up, fire officials are reminding the public that the road closures around the Douglas Complex remain in effect. These closures are in effect for the safety of firefighters and the general public while firefighters continue to work in the area. For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the Bureau of Land Management district office in Roseburg, 541-440-4930. For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office, 541-471-6500.
Maps of the road closure areas are posted online, www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php,
www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php

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