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






Friday, July 31, 2015

Stouts Fire Morning Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 8 a.m. PDT

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-31-15

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 actively burned late into the night, moving in a southeast direction from the point of origin before laying down in the early morning hours.  Firefighters assigned to the fire last night focused their efforts on opening access roads to the fire and anchoring into the heel of the fire to being constructing fire line.  Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene of the Stouts Fire today and will continue working where night shift left off.  Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today as hot, dry weather is once again forecasted for the area.  Due to predicted weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua Basin.  The fire is currently estimated at 6,000 acres and the cause of fire is currently under investigation.

Last night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane.  A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road.  A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire this morning and has been briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.  ODF IMT 1 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later this morning.  The Incident Command Post for the Stouts Creek Fire will be located at Days Creek Charter School.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Creek 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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