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





Thursday, August 6, 2015

South Jetty Fire Update - Thursday, August 6, 2015 @ 8:30 a.m. PDT

South Jetty Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry -
Astoria District
Incident Commanders: Neal Bond, ODF
August 6, 2015   8:30 AM
Fire Information Phone: 503-338-8442



Yesterday crews made good progress and have built fire line around the entire fire perimeter and anchored to the river beach dune on each end.  To date, crews have laid approximately 15,000 feet (almost 2.8 miles) of hose. 
Shortly after dawn this morning, a very light drizzle sprinkled moisture over the fire.  This was welcome relief to the night crew which spent the night mopping up hot spots in the interior of the fire.
Today crews will grid the burn area.  The process of gridding involves systematically walking the fire and identifying and flagging hot spots for the hand crews to dig up and douse with water. 
Fire officials and State Park managers will remove the road block today at 2:00 pm.  Public will have full access except for parking lot C, which will remain closed for fire management purposes. 

Fire at a Glance 08/06/2015
Size:   27 acres
Containment: 80 %
Expected Containment:  08/08/15
Cause: under investigation
Resources on fire:
 Crews: 2 (10 man)
 Air Tankers: 0
 Helicopters: 0
 Engines: 1
 Dozers: 0
 Water Tenders: 1
 Total Personnel: 26
Estimated Costs to Date: UNK
Threatened Structures: 0
Injuries: 0

For additional information:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

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