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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Haystack Fire Evening Update, Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Evening Update
July 31, 2014, 8:00 p.m. 

This afternoon firefighting resources responded to a new fire, Hog Ridge, located about 9 miles northwest of Dayville.  It was initially reported at 5 acres and grew rapidly to approximately 55 acres before resources were able to slow it’s growth about 4:00 p.m. Responding to the fire were firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s John Day Unit, a pre-identified initial attack task force from the Haystack Complex, 6 single engine air tankers, and 6 helicopters.  Work will continue on this fire overnight and the new fire will be managed as part of the Haystack Complex beginning August 1, 2014.

The most challenging of the existing fires is the Haystack Fire located 3 miles northeast of Spray. This fire does not currently have an active fire perimeter by is still requiring quite a bit of attention.  According to John Flannigan night Operations Chief “it is still hot under the junipers, and that heat looks hidden but can take off on us”.  Crews and engines worked today to extinguish the heat remaining in this 1,200 acre fire.

The other two fires are currently in mop up after their initial runs though mixed conifer and grass fuels. The Throop Fire, located about 3 miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located 7 miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres.

Tomorrow two task forces consisting of a handcrew, two engines, and a dozer will be made available from Haystack Complex resources to assist local firefighters if needed to respond to new fires within the general vicinity.



Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 50%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines: 17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 2 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $630,000
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

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