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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rye Valley Fire - final update

Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Dan Thorpe, incident commander
Rye Valley Fire final update, July 27, 2014

The Rye Valley Fire was officially declared 100 percent contained at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The final fire size is 1,516 acres with an estimated suppression cost of $1.35 million.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 (IC Dan Thorpe) has transferred the fire back to the BLM Vale District. While many fire crews and equipment begin heading back to their respective home units or their next fire assignment, some fire crews will remain behind to provide patrols and mop up operations over the next several days. Local firefighting crews will periodically monitor the fire area throughout the remainder of the summer.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association, Huntington School District and the City of Huntington.

Fire at a glance:
Size: 1,516 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of the community of Huntington (near border w/ Idaho)
Containment: 100 percent
Cause: Lightning
Estimated cost: $1,350,000
For more information: Bureau of Land Management-Baker Unit, 541-523-1256



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