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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 8, morning

Fire Update – Friday, August 8, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires: None reported.

Updates: (Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest.)

Klamath-Lake and Southwest Oregon Districts:  
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort.
Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,093 acres (reduced from the 8/6 report due to better mapping) (about 9,500 in California) is 50% contained.  Lightning caused this fire on July 30.
Personnel and Equipment: 63 crews, 63 engines, 20 dozers, 27 water tenders, 13 helicopters, and 1,643 personnel
Evacuations:      Some Jackson county areas remain at  Level 1 evacuation notice level, while Siskiyou and Klamath Counties’ Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted.
Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-488-7726
California Fire Information Number:  530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Southwest Oregon District Blog -
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office -!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go -
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District -

Northeast Oregon District:
5 Mile Fire: a 4,700 acre fire is 25% contained.  It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 365 personnel, 16 engines, 9 water tenders, 3 dozer, and 4 helicopters
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for the town of Imnaha and residents along the Imnaha River Road 5 miles south of Imnaha near Freezeout Creek to 10 miles north of Imnaha near Fence Creek.
More information:  
Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119

Central Oregon District: 
South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires, 41,807 and 7,583 acres, respectively): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 49,390 acres and are 25% contained.
Personnel: 575
Evacuations: A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River). Grant County Sheriff’s Department has also issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
More information:  
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636

Rowena Fire: A red flag warning (meaning – low humidity and high winds – make ripe conditions for the fire to spread rapidly) remains in effect through noon today for this  3,372 acre fire, currently 35% contained. This fire started about 9 p.m. August 5. 
Structures: 740 homes threatened, 1 destroyed, 2 damaged, 5 out buildings destroyed.
Personnel and equipment: 659 personnel
Evacuations: Level 3- 143 homes, Level 1- 597 homes.  Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Level-3: 4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.
Level-1: Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Shelters: American Red Cross evacuation shelter 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter - Dry Hollow Elementary, 1314 E19th, The Dalles.
Shelter services for dogs and cats if evacuated owners have no other option for their pets: Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, 541-296-5189 /
Nan Wimmers is coordinating livestock sheltering, if needed by evacuated residents, 541-993-5510
More Information:
Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212 these phones will be staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Twitter: @RowenaFire2014
Additional Contact Information:
Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program:  
Current road closures and evacuation notices, Wasco County Sheriff's Office Rowena Fire Hotline: 541-506-2792
Road closures/information on ODOT Tripcheck at  
American Red Cross: 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter.

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

ODF maintains a blog at, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed 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.

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell   (503) 508-4478

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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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