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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Peavine Creek Fire, 123 acres, contained


On Wednesday evening, firefighters continued to strengthen containment lines around the Peavine Creek Fire north of Glendale in Douglas County. Higher humidity due to fog aided their efforts. Priority has now shifted from strengthening containment lines to mopping up hot spots. Firefighters will start from the outside of the fire and work in, with the goal of extinguishing 100 percent of the heat and smoke within the entire fire. On scene at the fire today are three hand crews, five water tenders, one bulldozer and various industrial forest landowner representatives.

Fire facts
 
  • Location: five miles north of Glendale
  • Reported: around 5 p.m. May 5
  • Situation: burning in heavy fuels on steep, rugged terrain
  • Size: about 123 acres
  • Status: 100 percent trailed with either dozer line or hand line
  • Cause: under investigation.
 
Contact:
Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 x136 office
541-580-2789 mobile
 
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