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, July 30, 2015

Stouts Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 11 p.m.

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-30-2015

CONTACT:  Kyle Reed                                                                                   FAX:  (541) 440-3424
OFFICE:  (541) 672-6507 X 136          CELL: (541) 817-7186                       E-MAIL: 
kyle.reed@oregon.gov


The Stouts Fire, located approximately 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo was reported Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.  When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fast moving fire already several acres in size.  Hot, windy conditions combined with very dry fuels caused the fire to grow extremely fast and sparked numerous spot fires in front of the main fire.  The intensity of the main fire, combined with the numerous spot fires in front of itself, caused the Stouts Fire to “blow up,” going from several hundred acres to approximately 6,000 acres in a matter of hours.

Several homes in the area were threatened by the fire, however no homes have been burned.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane.  A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (ODF IMT 1) has been ordered for the Stouts Fire and will assume command of the fire tomorrow after being briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA’s social media accounts.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

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