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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire - update Aug. 31, evening

Current Situation:
Today’s goal for the fire fighters was to complete the fireline around the entire fire perimeter.   Hand crews and dozers will continue working through tonight to try meet that goal. 

Although the fire didn’t increase in size today, the warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity affected fire behavior.  Moderate burning and smokes were visible and some torching of timber was seen on the west side of the fire.

On the east side of the fire, where there are lighter fuels and fewer hot spots, crews were able to start mop-up.  The spot fire in the southern portion of the fire is 100% lined and mop-up has begun. Crews assisted by helicopter water drops focused on extinguishing any fire outside the perimeter.  Fallers continue working on dropping snags along roads.

Dennis Perilli, fire behavior analyst, commented that “While yesterday’s rainfall helped dampen the lighter fuels and extinguish small smokes -it didn’t soak into the larger fuels enough to put the fire out.”

Firefighter resources are expected to remain the same over the next 2-3 days with both day and night shifts. 

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters. 

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.
Size:   2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment:  10%
Expected full containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
  Hand crews:        18                 
  Air Tankers:          0 
  Helicopters:          5 
  Engines:                6      
  Dozers:                  7         
  Water Tenders:     6
  Total personnel: 423
Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854
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