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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire, Morning Update Sept. 4, 2014

Current Situation:

Last night was the final night shift for this incident.  The resources assigned to today’s day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming Type 3 team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Lost Hubcap Fire to an ODF Type 3 Team (IC Flock) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry John Day Unit Office.  At briefing this morning, ODF John Day Unit Forester Rob Pentzer, expressed “Thanks for making my job easy and doing a great job for the landowners”.  

Official transition will occur on Thursday Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m.  The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining smokes and recover equipment.  The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor for smokes frequently throughout the remainder of fire season.

100% containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. today.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post.  After today, all media and public inquiries should contact John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-3107.

Fire information at a glance:

Size:   2,712 acres (reduced acreage due to updated mapping) 

Containment:  87%

Expected Containment Date:  9-4-14

Resources assigned:  7 crews, 4 helicopters, 7 engines, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders

Total personnel: 275

Estimated Costs to Date: $2.87 M

Cause: under investigation

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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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