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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rowena Fire update - Aug. 8

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshall Office
Incident Management Green Team
John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire

Daily Morning Information Update

August 8, 2014
Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM)
worked throughout the night improving containment lines. Burnout operations were successful
on the west flank of the fire. Containment improved from zero to 35 percent overnight.
More than 100 people attended Thursday night’s public meeting at The Dalles High School. 
Questions centered on the evacuations, when residents will be able to return to their homes, and
containment efforts. ODF and OSFM incident Commanders provided current status of the fire
and plans for its containment. Representatives of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
and Wasco County Sherriff’s Office also spoke. 
Structural protection
The fire is wind-driven to the east with fire spread occurring south and east of Rowena. Structure
protection by six task forces will continue throughout the day to improve defensible space around
homes and outbuildings.
When the Foley Lakes and Country Club fires flared up, task forces assigned to night shift were
activated to respond. Firefighting efforts will again be centered on this area today to protect homes
and create defensible space.

A total of 740 residences are threatened at this time. 
Residences impacted include: 143 Level 3, and 597 Level 1.

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.
An evacuation shelter has been set up by the Red Cross at Dry Hollow Elementary School located
at 1314 E 19th, The Dalles.

Fire Strategy for Today
Today, fire control work will focus on holding all constructed fire lines, continuing burnout operations
and conducting an infrared flight tonight over the fire.

High winds continue with a Red Flag Warning in effect through 12 p.m. Friday. Wind gusts up to 30
miles per hour are expected.
Unified Command
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office
and Oregon Department of Forestry. This unified command is working for ODF's Central Oregon
District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.

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