Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update September 23, 2014 @ 8 a.m. PDT

Scoggins Creek Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 23, 2014         8:00 a.m.
Fire Information Phone:  503-846-2999  until 9-26-14                                                             
Cooperating Partners:

•           Washington County Emergency Operation Center
•           Washington County Sheriff
•           American Red Cross
•           Stimson Lumber Co. 
•           Gaston RFPD
•           Forest Grove FD
•           Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief

Current Situation:
The Washington County Sheriff’s office will lift all evacuation orders today at 6:00 p.m. The Scoggins  Valley Park at Hagg Lake will reopen to the public on Wednesday (dawn-dusk)
except for Boat Ramp C, which will remain closed to support fire fighting efforts.

Last night was the final night shift for this incident. The resources assigned to today’s day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Scoggins Creek fire to ODF Type 3 Team (IC Ennenga) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District
Office. Official transition will occur on Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover equipment from the fireline.  The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season. 100% containment is expected at 6:00 p.m. today.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post.  After today, all media and public inquiries should call 503-846-2999 until Sept. 26th or call the Oregon Dept.
of Forestry’s Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191.

Fire at a Glance (09/23/14)           
Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment:  83%
Expected Containment:  9-23-14
Crews and Equipment: 
  Crews: 15                           
  Helicopters: 5      
  Engines: 8              
  Dozers: 1              
  Water Tenders: 8   
  Total personnel: 467
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.87 M

For More Information:
Twitter: @scogginsfire
Evacuations: Washington County Sheriff’s office at:  503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

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