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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire morning update - Aug. 2, 2015

Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update


The word of the day at this morning's Cable Crossing Fire briefing was "opportunity". While Mother Nature has had the upper hand over the first four days of the fire, presenting extreme fire behavior conditions, she will take a break today with lower temperatures, higher humidity and calmer winds. These favorable conditions will allow crews to use a more aggressive approach in efforts to halt the fire spread.

The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon. Crews will seize the break in the weather by using established dozer and hand lines to burn out from in small chunks. Several small burnout operations will take place throughout the fire perimeter to reduce ground fuels and ultimately keep the fire from jumping established containment lines.

"We still have a lot of work in front of us," said ODF Incident Management Team 3 Commander Link Smith. "But with the break in the weather, today will be a day of accomplishment."

The weather, that has routinely provided temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, will bring mid to high level cloud cover that will reduce the active fire behavior firefighters have been challenged with since they arrived.

The fire is currently 1,148 acres and 15 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,148 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1; 39 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 - Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 10
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 1212
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,500,000
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