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 24, 2014

Rye Valley Fire Evening Update, July 24, 2014 @ 9 p.m.


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander


Rye Valley Fire

Evening Update
July 24, 2014, 9:00 p.m.




Fire At A Glance

The Rye Valley Fire, located 15 miles northwest of Huntington, is one of about a dozen fires that resulted from lightning activity that passed through central and eastern Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday.
Driven by strong winds and light fuels, the fire has burned 1,392 acres. No residences or other buildings have been lost thanks in large part to structure protection provided by the Baker County Structural Task Force.
Three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a Type II (medium size) helicopter supported fire crews and equipment on the ground to establish containment lines around the fire. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.
The Blue Mountain Interagency Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) made considerable progress Thursday and handed the assignment over to Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type II IMT #3 (Incident Commander Dan Thorpe) Thursday evening.
Favorable weather is expected over the next two days that will help firefighters in the suppression effort.
Size: 1,392 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
Containment: 20%
Cause: Lightning
Air Tankers: 3 SEATS
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  9
Water Tenders:
Dozers: 5
Estimated Cost:
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Announcements: None


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