Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update, Saturday morning, September 20, 2014 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT

Media Release

Oregon Department of Forestry
September 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Fire Information Line: 503-357-2191

Fire at a Glance
Size: Estimated 250 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove
Containment: 0%
Expected Containment: unknown

Current Situation:
Firefighters, dozer operators, and engine crews, are working overnight to slow the fire spread while structural firefighters are staged to protect homes.
The weather Saturday could prove difficult with expected high temperatures and wind. Crews will continue aggressively fighting the fire to protect homes and natural resources.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2 will begin work Saturday morning and assume command from the local ODF team at 6:00 p.m. The team will build on the momentum created through the immediate response by the Gaston Rural Fire District, Washington County Fire District 2, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County Parks, the Red Cross, and the local Oregon Department of Forestry.

Homes along Stepien Road have been evacuated. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.
Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-357-2191 for the latest information.

For More Information:
Twitter: @scogginsfire

Washington County Sheriff’s office at: 503-992-3242 (recording) or Twitter: @forestgrovefire


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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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