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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Monday, September 1, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 evening update

Lost Hubcap Fire
 
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, evening
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
As the day heated up, fire activity increased inside the fire perimeter as small “jackpot” clumps of unburned fuels flared up. Throughout the day, helicopters were flying water drops to extinguish those spots in the steeper areas.

Firefighters were able to get a line around the entire fire today. Dozers worked along the perimeter in Division “M” to move the fire line closer to the burn. Night shift crews will continue to improve and strengthen the existing fire line in preparation for mop-up tomorrow.

Approximately half of the fire perimeter was in mop-up mode today. The spot fire on the southern end is trailed and mopped-up. Crews will continue to grid the area as they “seek and destroy” any remaining hot spots.

Tomorrow’s forecasted afternoon cold front will bring windy conditions that will test the fireline. Crews will be there ready to defend those lines. 

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters. 

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

Fire at a glance:
Size:   2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 25%
Expected Containment Date: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment: 
Crews: 21                 
Air Tankers: 0 
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19      
Dozers: 8      
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 631

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million

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