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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

South Jetty Fire Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

South Jetty Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry -
Astoria District & Warrenton Fire Dept.
Incident Commanders: Neal Bond, ODF and Warrenton Fire Chief Tim Demers
August 4, 2015   8:30 AM

Fire Information Phone: 503-338-8442

Current Situation:
At approximately 6:00 pm last evening, a fire broke out at the South Jetty in the Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton, OR. 
Unified Command between Oregon Dept. of Forestry and Warrenton Fire Dept. was established at the onset of the incident.
Fire fighters and equipment from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Astoria Office and the Warrenton Fire Dept. immediately responded.  West winds caused the fire to grow rapidly and a medium sized helicopter was quickly ordered and arrived to work in the remaining daylight. The helicopter was released from the fire at sunset.  Two South Fork Crews worked throughout the night to extinguish flames while engines supplied water to the fire fighters.  While the fire continued to increase in fire size overnight, crews worked to limit the growth and lay the hose and fittings for today’s day shift.
Today, Warrenton fire fighters will be released to resume their normal jobs.  The community appreciates their time and commitment to protecting our local natural areas.  ODF will assume command of the fire. 
ODF will increase South Fork crews as fire fighters continue battling the fire.  In preparation, last night crews plumbed the fire with fire hose and fittings for continued suppression efforts by today’s crews.  The fire is consuming beach grass, shrubs, shore pine and Sitka spruce trees.
The incident is being managed out of Parking Lot C.  Fort Stevens State Park has blocked public entrance to Parking Lots C and D until further notice.

Fire at a Glance
Size:   27 acres
Containment: 15 %
Expected Containment: UNK
Cause: under investigation
Resources on fire:
 Crews: 3 (10 man)
 Air Tankers: 0
 Helicopters: 0
 Engines: 2
 Dozers: 0
 Water Tenders: 1
 Total Personnel: 40
Estimated Costs to Date: UNK
At this time, no structures are threatened.  
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or

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