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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Phillips Creek Fire Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Phillips Creek Fire Update
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 12:00 p.m.
Fire Information: (541) 975-4271

ELGIN, OR – Firefighters have completed the fire line around the southern portion of the fire on private land. Dozers have completed contingency lines along the west side on the fire. Yesterday air tankers dropped retardant along the east side of the fire, to slow the spread of the fire to the east along Middle Ridge. Although the fire has not reached Highway 204, Oregon Department of Transportation is instituting a pilot car this afternoon due to heavy aircraft use in the area.

An additional Level 1 Evacuation Notice has been issued by Union County officials on Highway 204 between Phillips Creek and Valley View, and on Valley View between Highway 204 and Gordon Creek.
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander Brett Fillis, assumed management of the fire this morning. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Grounds.

The forecast today calls for winds out of the west and temperatures in the low 80's. With generally hot and dry conditions there is a potential for active fire behavior. Today, firefighters will continue to hold and improve both hand and dozer fire lines along the south and west flanks of the fire. Fire officials are scouting, identifying, and beginning to construct contingency fire lines on the east portions of the fire. Engines from fire departments in Union County are providing structural protection. Five engines will be working on the night shift, patrolling the south side of the fire.

Phillips Creek Fire information can be found on Inciweb at: and on Facebook at Phillips Creek Fire | Facebook.
Union County officials have issued a Level I Evacuation Notice for residents of Ruckle Road and Sanderson Springs Road, west of Elgin. A Level I evacuation notice means residents should be READY to leave their homes at a moment’s notice. Questions regarding evacuation notices and the evacuation process can be directed to the Emergency Operation Center at 541-963-1049.

Quick Facts
Incident Summary
1,538 acres
Fire Containment: 5%
Incident Commander: Brett Fillis
Resources on the Fire: Hand Crews: 10
Helicopters: 3
Engines: 11
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 7
Total Personnel: 276
Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service
Umatilla National Forest
Walla Walla R.D.
Oregon Department of Forestry
Social Media: Facebook
Phillips Creek Fire | Facebook
PhillipsCreek Fire (@PhillipsCK2015) | Twitter


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