Current situation

Rain will move across much of the region today, Oct. 5, diminishing over the weekend. Temperatures will remain below average. Winds will vary across the region as weather systems arrive and depart. The potential for large fire initiation over the region is minimal due to the wet and cool weather today and lingering through the weekend. Fire restrictions in different parts of the state began to be lowered last week based on the local fuel conditions. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions on activities linked to fire starts or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

Media Release

#ScogginsCreekFire
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:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

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

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