Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

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






Sunday, July 13, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire - ODF PM Fire Update, Sunday, July 13, 2014

The next update will be available tomorrow morning.

Following today's earlier update, the Moccasin Hill Fire started around 2 p.m. this afternoon. A snippet of the following news release was issued by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership before management of the fire transitioned to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 2.

MOCCASIN HILL FIRE DESTROYS RESIDENCES; RED CROSS SHELTER SET UP AT SPRAGUE RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER

Lakeview, Ore. – The Moccasin Hill Fire has grown to over 600 acres destroying unidentified number of residences and other structures in the Moccasin Hill subdivision North of Sprague River, Oregon. Klamath County Sheriff Department has evacuated over 100 people from Sprague River Drive and N. Arrowhead Lane. Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Sprague River Community Center.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Fire is burning on private land in heavy timber and brush and currently under investigation. To report a fire, call 911 or contact the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315. Information on current public use restrictions may be obtained by calling 541-947-6259 or visiting LIFC’s Web site at: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml.


For breaking news during the South Central Oregon’s fire season, please visit: twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo or facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.
You can also follow the latest on the Moccasin Hill Fire via the incident website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/

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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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