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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for August 19, 2014


The Old Blue Mountain Fire was reported to the Salem Coordination Center this morning.

Monday's thunderstorms spread lightning across the Siskiyou Mtns in southwest Jackson County and southeast Josephine County with eight fires found so far. All but one are under an acre in size, the largest is the 40-acre Old Blue Mountain Fire located approximately 8 miles south of the city of Rogue River.

It is estimated at 60 acres and has a fire line around 75 percent of the perimeter. A roadblock is in place on the Right Fork of Foots Creek Rd to restrict access to fire-related traffic.

No evacuations have been requested. Reconnaissance flights are searching for holdover fires

Gulch Fire
The Gulch Fire was reported Sunday five miles south of Wallowa. Aggressive initial attack took place on this 46-acre fire; it is now contained and controlled, and in patrol status.

Rogue River Drive Fire

Located near Shady Cove in Jackson County 15 miles north of Medford, The Rogue River Drive Fire is currently at 492 acres and 70% contained. No structures have been lost.

More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328, Southwest Oregon District Blog -
South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands). These July 31 lightning-caused fires cover approximately 65,138 acres and are 78% contained.
A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires.

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


ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.


More information on these fires can be found at: and

Statewide air quality index readings are available at


ODF maintains a blog at, which includes comprehensive 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.

Cynthia Orlando, ODF
Desk 503.945.7421 Cell 503.510.7972



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Current wildfire info

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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Protection jurisdiction
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.

Fire suppression policy
The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.