Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Canyon Creek Complex update - Aug. 18, 2015 morning

Joint Information Center Hotlines: 541-575-3040 or 541-575-3480

A community meeting is scheduled for Tonight, August 18 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Grant Union High School’s old gym.  

JOHN DAY, Ore.The Canyon Creek Complex is currently estimated at 43,738 acres. It is the No. 1 priority nationally for resources. Additional firefighting resources continue to arrive from around the state and country. Approximately 561 firefighters are currently assigned to this incident and more will be arriving today to assist.

Yesterday firefighters constructed and improved fireline in the north. They also focused on the south. Structural firefighting crews worked directly around homes, while air resources dropped retardant and bulldozers cut line to slow the spread of fire. Several homes were saved due to the direct action of fire crews.

This evening from 5 to 5:45 p.m. a community meeting will be held at Grant Union High School’s old gym.

Topics will include the current fire status, disaster recovery resources and future fire suppression plans. Incident commanders, fire crews and local officials will be on scene to provide information.

Today, the fire managers expect weather similar to yesterday, with a morning inversion layer and light winds in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 90’s.

Communities under Level 3 and Level 2 evacuations:
Level 3: Dog Creek-south of Marysville
Marysville South
Pine Creek – Gravel Pit, South
Canyon Creek
Edgewood Drive
North side of Izee Hwy. & area around
Seneca cow camp.

Level 2: Laycock Creek Luce Creek
Adams Drive, Marysville North
Nans Rock Rd, Pine Creek-Gravel Pit N.
West Bench Rd, Dog Creek-north of Marysville
Long Glade Area north of Izee Hwy.

An American Red Cross shelter has been established at the Mt. Vernon Community Center at 640 Ingle Street. The Red Cross is transitioning to providing financial and relief services for displaced residents. Those wishing to make monetary donations on behalf of displaced residents can contact the American Red Cross Mountain River Chapter at or in person at the shelter located on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon.

An emergency fire closure is in effect in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness area. A copy of the closure order and map is available at Forest Service personnel have assisted with escorting campers and other recreationalists out high-use areas, coordinating with Grant County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies to facilitate the closure.

Fire activity will likely have some effect on hunting. For more information go to

Additional information on the Canyon Creek Complex can be found on Inciweb at:
Please be advised of increased fire traffic and smoky conditions throughout the area. Forest Officials ask that the public stay clear of all fire activities.
Additional fire information can be found at JDIDC - BICC sites online at:

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To report a fire, contact the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321 or the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000.
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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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