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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14

Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 11, 2014 Update

The water is flowing on the Yellow Point Fire. More than 25 miles of hose has been strung throughout the mountainous terrain and 15 tenders are working in assembly line fashion distributing water to the line. If stretched in a straight line, the hose would reach from the fire all the way to Cottage Grove.

Mop up is in full gear as crews continue to brace for Red Flag Warning weather that is expected to develop Thursday through Friday. The goal is to be mopped in 300 feet from the fire perimeter.

Fire crews will also be on patrol for spot fires. Firefighters are using infrared cameras to locate hidden hot spots near the line that will enable them to search out and destroy any potential threat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. Unnecessary human caused fires will only pull needed resources away from the task at hand.


Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 45%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures: Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25); M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3); North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and; Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Total Personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,361,271

For More Information: 541-935-4420
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