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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update, September 20, 2014 @ 9:40 p.m. PDT

Scoggins Creek Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2
Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team

September 20, 2014          9:40 p.m.
NEW Fire Information Line:  503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)  
Cooperating Partners:
• Washington County Emergency Operation Center
• Washington County Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Joint Water Commission
• Clean Water Services
• Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

Current Situation:
The fire is not yet contained, but firefighters made excellent progress building line around the fire today and continue that work tonight.  Helicopters and airplanes showcased their expertise scooping 120,000 gallons of water from Hagg Lake and dousing the fire.  The Fire Marshal’s Team was strategically placed to protect homes, which fortunately wasn’t necessary. No homes or structures have been damaged.

The team’s effort and less challenging winds than expected helped them make significant progress and keep smoke to a minimum. 

“This has been a team effort.  The Fire Marshal’s Team, Washington County’s Emergency Operation Center’s Team and Sheriff’s Office, and the community support has been outstanding,” said ODF Incident Commander Cline.

Tonight’s goals include:
• Building and improving line,
• Keeping structures protected, and
• Keeping firefighters and public safe.

Hagg Lake Park remains closed until further notice.  

Level 1 – Ready – 30 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road.

Level 2 – Set – 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggin Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road.  All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that insects with SW West Shore Road.

Level 3 – Go – All 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggin Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection.

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District Level 1 – 116 homes.

For more information about evacuations call 503-209-5613.

The evacuation of animals has been a deep concern for both those displaced by the fire, as well as caring individuals in the community. Due to very limited animal shelter space, residents have been asked to take their pets with them or make arrangements with family, friends or commercial boarding kennels for housing their pets. For any residents with an urgent need in which they are physically unable to evacuate animals and need help, they may contact the Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Line at 503-846-2999. If you can offer space for pets or livestock to stay during the emergency, post on the Scoggins Creek Fire 2014 Facebook page, , or call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, “At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County.  Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed.”

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.

Fire at a Glance (09/20/14)
Size:  Estimated 300 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 6 miles west of Forest Grove
Containment:  20%
Personnel: 597
Expected Containment:  September 24

For More Information:
Twitter: @scogginsfire
Washington County Sheriff’s office at: 503-209-5613 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

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