Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 5, morning

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates on existing fires:

Southwest Oregon District  
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires):
Salt Creek Fire:  a 155 acre fire is 87% contained. This lightning caused fire 20 miles northwest of Medford started July 30.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 36,568 acres (9,464 in California) is 30% contained.  Lightning also caused this fire, 15 miles east of Ashland, on July 30.
- Personnel and Equipment: 61 crews, 37 dozers, 25 water tenders, and 1,573 personnel
- Evacuations:  Were reduced from level 3 “go” evacuate to level 2 “be set” to evacuate on a moment’s notice or voluntarily evacuate now on some areas in Jackson and Klamath counties. 
- Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

More information:
Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number:  530-842-2266
Info desk hours of operation: 7a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office -!/JacksonCountySheriff
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Siskiyou County Pollution Control District -

Northeast Oregon District:  

5 Mile Fire: the 4,000 acre fire is 5% contained.  It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
- Personnel and Equipment: Oregon IMT 3, a Type II team, under Incident Commander Doug Johnson, took command of this and the Somers Fire at 0600 today.
- Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 “Get Ready” evacuation notice to the Imnaha community at 6AM today. The fire is about 2 miles south of Imnaha.

More information:

Central Oregon District: 

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 28,800 acres are 15% contained (Murderers Creek covers over 23,000 acres.)

- Personnel: 463

More information:
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636

Haystack Complex – 100% contained (included Haystack Fire, Throop Fire, Steet Fire, Hog Ridge Fire, School House Fire, Beard Canyon Fire, Stahl Fire)

More information:

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on these fires can be found at: and

Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

 Statewide air quality index readings are available at


 For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, and to the national Incident Information System website at

Statewide air quality index readings are available at

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell   (503) 910-4311

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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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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