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




Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kinney Fire burning SW of Detroit Lake

News media contact:  Joanie Schmigdall,, U.S. Forest Service, 503-569-2200

An approximately 10-15 acre fire is burning on Willamette National Forest lands just southwest of Detroit Lake. The fire was reported by a log truck driver at approximately 3 a.m. today. Fire crews have been on scene since then. The fire is on the uphill (SW) side of Forest Service Road 2212 (Kinney Creek Road), and smoke is visible from Highways 22 and 46 and from the community of Detroit. No structures are threatened at this time.
 
Visitors are asked to avoid the area, including the lower portion of Kinney Creek Road, so that firefighters and helicopters can do their suppression work.
 
Firefighting is being conducted in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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