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





Monday, August 3, 2015

Stouts Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 9 p.m.

Stouts Fire
Evening Update
August 2, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Email: StoutsFire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoutsFire


Cloud cover with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior on the Stouts Fire today, allowing firefighters to make good progress on the fire lines. The fire is currently estimated at 15,200 acres with 3% containment. The Upper Cow Creek Road Level 3 evacuation notice was reduced to a Level 2, allowing residents to return home. Three residences along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County, were issued a Level 1 evacuation notice. The Umpqua National Forest issued an emergency area closure for public health and safety on National Forest lands west of Forest Service Road 1610, Devils Knob. A full description and a map of the closure area can be found on the Stouts Fire Inciweb page.

Due to fire growth towards the east and southeast, Oregon State Fire Marshal resources were focused towards structures in the Dixon Creek and Drew Valley areas. Firefighters were deployed to assess structure protection needs and assist land owners with fuel modification. Both direct and indirect fire line construction efforts continued on other flanks of the fire. Dozers opened old roads for contingency lines and constructed line while hand crews dug and improved lines. Hose lays were installed to provide for mopping up and holding established lines. The moderate weather conditions and heavy smoke inversion today delayed some burnout operations along control lines and the inversion remained over the fire area the entire day, grounding aerial resources.

A public meeting was held at the Milo Volunteer Fire Department tonight, allowing the community a chance to hear an update of the containment efforts and ask questions on the Stouts Fire.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. Approximately 1,265 people are currently assigned to the fire.

Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 264 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time. The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.

New contact information for the Stouts Fire is listed at the top of this page.

Stouts Fire Information Office
Phone 541-825-3724
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoutsFire

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