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





Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beaver Complex fire update - July 31, 2014 afternoon


Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Phone:  541-826-1599
Information desk hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 July 31, 2014, 2:30 p.m.                    

Special Message: A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight for abundant lightning with dry fuels.

Current Situation: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Cline) assumed command of the Beaver Complex at 10:30 a.m. today. The Salt Creek Fire, approximately 100 acres in size, is the largest fire within the complex. Along with suppression of the Salt Creek Fire, the team will provide management of smaller fires burning near Salt Creek as they become identified. The Salt Creek Fire is burning in steep terrain on a parcel of Bureau of Land Management land protected by ODF. The Salt Creek Fire was ignited by lightning from a storm that moved through yesterday afternoon. The Incident Command Post is located at TouVelle State Park on Table Rock Road.

Weather: Another round of scattered thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening. Rain will accompany most storms, but abundant lightning is expected to be a major concern due to dry fuels. Temperatures will range from 95 to 100 degrees. Isolated thunderstorms are expected again on Friday.

FIRE AT A GLANCE: 
Location:  0 miles northwest of Medford             
Percent Contained: 0                     
Complex Size: 100 acres                                             
Cause: Lightning                               
Start Date: July 30, 2014                                                      
 
Resources Include: 5 hand crews, 6 fire engines, 3 bulldozers, 4 water tenders, 5 helicopters, 1 air tanker and overhead personnel. Total personnel: 150  

Places to get information:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/


Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://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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