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

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Canyon Creek Complex Evening Update - Sunday, August 16, 2015

Canyon Creek Complex
Fire Facts
August 16, 2015

Type of Incident: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: August 12, 2015
Location:  One mile south of the towns of John Day and Canyon City, Oregon. 
Types of Fuel: Timber with brush and grass under story with areas of medium density logging slash.
Structures Threatened: 500+
Structures Damaged: 100+
Residences Destroyed: 26
Current Size: 37,119 acres
Percent Containment: 0%
Number of Personnel: 473
Types of resources: 2 Type 1 Crews, 8 Type2 Crews, 1 Helicopter, 35 Engines, 15 Dozers, 16 Water tenders

Actions to date:
The Canyon Creek Complex was sparked by lightning and is burning on federal, state and private jurisdiction lands.  It is being managed under a unified command structure with federal and state representation.  A Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team (IMT), IC Lund, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team, IC Walker, are currently managing firefighting efforts.

Actions today included fire retardant drops from three large airtankers as well as water drops from a large type1 helicopter.  These were used in order to minimize fire activity in the north flank of the fire and protect resources most immediately threatened.  Hand crews including 2 type 1 Hotshot crews continued to construct line and dozers improved roads for fire lines along the north and west flanks of the fire.
Damage assessments continue including evaluations of wooden bridges leading to private homes.  Highway 395 continues to be closed for safety reasons and power lines have been damaged within the 395 corridor.

Planned actions include the use of a night shift patrolling, conducting burnout operations and structure protection throughout the night.  Tomorrow’s focus will be in the north, west, and southern flanks in order to minimize damage to structures and slow the fire’s growth in those directions.
This fire is a high priority within the state for receiving critical resources when they become available..

Level 3: Dog Creek-south of Marysville
              Marysville South
              Pine Creek – Gravel Pit, South
              Canyon Creek
              Edgewood Drive Level 2: Laycock Creek                 Adams Drive
              Nans Rock Rd                   West Bench Rd
              Luce Creek                        Marysville North
              Pine Creek – Gravel Pit, North
              Dog Creek-north of Marysville


1 comment:

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