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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kinney Fire just southwest of Detroit Lake Slows - August 20, 2015 4 p.m. Update

News Release
Pacific Northwest Region - Willamette National Forest
31006 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR 97477,

Contact:  Joanie Schmigdall (503)569-2200

Date: August 20, 2015: 1600

Kinney Fire just southwest of Detroit Lake Slows: 8/20/15 4pm Update

(Detroit, OR) Crews, engines and helicopters have proved effective against the Kinney Fire today and fire activity has decreased since earlier this morning.  The Kinney fire is on the uphill (SW) side of Forest Service Road 2212 (Kinney Creek Road) and is estimated at 12 acres.

“Fighting this fire has been a real partnership: local timber companies have provided water tenders, ODF provided a dozer to open up an access road and helicopters from other nearby fires were loaned to us. All of this has helped keep the Kinney Fire small” commented Detroit District Ranger Grady McMahan.

No structures are threatened at this time. Visitors are asked to avoid the area, and the Kinney Creek Road (FS road 2212) from the south side of the dam up to its confluence with the Slate Creek Road (FS road 2212-610) is now closed so that firefighters can do their suppression work. The closure also includes the area from the water below the road up to the top of the ridge where the fire is located (see attached map).

Firefighting and fire management is being conducted in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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