Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. 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




Saturday, September 20, 2014

News relase from the Oregon State Fire Marshal: Scoggins Creek Fire Burning Near Hagg Lake Declared a Conflagration, September 20, 2014 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT

Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Green Incident Management and structural task forces from ton, Marion and Lincoln counties are on scene.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and OSFM are working jointly on this incident to address both the wildfire and structure protection needs.

Currently there are approximately 30-40 homes on evacuation Level 3 - "Go;"
12-20 homes on Level 2 - "Set;"
and 20-30 homes at Level 1 - "Ready."

The fire is burning 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.

Current road closures:
Lee Road at West Shore.
Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance.

Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.
Fire information email address: ScogginsCreekFire@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire14
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119

Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
* Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
* After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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