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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 08-26-15

Daily Update August 26 2015

Crews have made excellent progress on strengthening the lines and holding the fire within the perimeter.  To date, approximately 51 miles of fire line surround the fire.  The fire size is at 26,452 acres (due to more accurate mapping) and is 86 percent contained. 

The Stouts Creek Fire is now being managed by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) Type 3 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Mike Work. The team will continue to work with local agencies to contain the fire and protect the community.

“We will continue to carry on the good work of the teams before us” said Mike Work, IC Florida Incident Management Team, “We appreciate all the hard labor that brought us this far.”

Fire operations managers have secured the fire and are confident the fire line will hold.  The threat to structures has decreased to the point that as of 7 a.m. on August 24, all evacuation levels were reduced to a Level 1 (Ready).  Local residents should be aware of the danger that still exists in their area, monitor emergency services, websites and local media outlets for information.

There are 420 personnel assigned to the fire with 8 crews, 12 fire engines, 5 water tenders, 2 bulldozers and 4 helicopters. To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $35.7 million. The Incident Management Team is protecting lands that are about 46 percent on state-protected lands, which include Bureau of Land Management and private lands, and 54 percent on the Umpqua National Forest.

● 26,452 acres
● 86% contained
● 158 residences threatened
● Personnel:420
● Helicopters: 4
● Hand crews: 8
● Fire engines: 12
● Bulldozers: 2
● Water Tenders: 5
● Evacuations:. All areas remain at Evacuation Level 1 (Get Ready).

No comments:

Post a Comment

Have a question/comment about this season's wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands that the Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects from wildfire? Let us know. Please keep your remarks civil and free of profanity.

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at:

Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

What we do

Protection jurisdiction
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

Fire suppression policy
The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


About Me

My photo
Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.