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

Friday, August 30, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 30, 2013


Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 147 acres - an updated acreage amount that reflects the most recent mapping and reporting from earlier this week that had not yet been reported in these updates, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires remaining 100 percent contained and the total complex 90 percent contained. There are currently 229 personnel assigned to this incident, and yesterday's transition was completed as ODF Incident Management Team 3 (IC Chris Cline) demobilized from the complex and a local ODF Central Oregon District - The Dalles Unit fire management team (IC Adam Barnes) assumed command.
New Information Contact: David Morman, ODF Central Oregon District Information Officer, 503-302-7088

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,208 acres and 67 percent contained. There are currently 793 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team out of the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) on Monday, August 26, 2013, and 350 firefighters are continuing mop-up operations and rehabilitation projects on both the Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek fires. With Labor Day week-end coming up, fire officials are reminding the public that road closures around the Douglas Complex remain in effect, for the safety of firefighters who are continuing to work in the area, as well as the safety of the general public. Information/maps on these closures can be accessed from the BLM websites for the Roseburg District (for roads in Douglas County) and the Medford District (for roads in Josephine County) as follows: ; PH: 541-440-4930 ; PH: 541-471-6500

New Information Contact: Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist, 541-672-6507 X 136


The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,291 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 115 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.

The lightning-caused Middle Fork Fire is burning on BLM lands in grass, sage, and juniper, in inaccessible river canyon and steep, rocky terrain, 37 miles south of Jordan Valley. There are currently 79 people assigned to this fire, which started on Thursday, August 29, 2013, and is currently at 523 acres and 15 percent contained.


For information on other ongoing wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, and to the national Incident Information System website at

Statewide air quality index readings are available at

ODF maintains a blog at, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.


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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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