Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

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






Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stouts Fire update - Aug. 2, 2015

Aug. 2, 2015

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

Firefighters continued to deal with extreme weather conditions on the Stouts Fire yesterday, as high
temperatures, low humidity, and low fuel moistures combined for a difficult day. Wind gusts of 10-20
miles per hour and temperatures over 100 degrees were observed. Growing to over 15,000 acres, the fire pushed east and turned northeast on Saturday. An additional level 2 evacuation notice was issued to the Drew area east of the fire.

 “You’ve heard it already – ‘bring your A-game,’” Incident Commander John Buckman reiterated to the crews at a Saturday evening briefing. “You’re going to need it for at least a few solid days for us to get well-positioned. This is a tough fire and we’ll be at it for a while.”

 Two of the three day shift structure protection task forces continued to work in the Upper Cow Creek
evacuation area yesterday in anticipation of the fire reaching that area. A task force consists of different size engines and water tenders with 3-4 firefighters per engine. Residents’ work on reducing fuels around many of the structures over the last couple of years was evident and will hopefully give them the upper edge if the fire moves through the area. The third task force moved to the Drew community to survey the homes because the fire has been moving that direction. Wildland firefighters continue building control lines between the fire and the community, but the terrain is steep and the heavy fuel load is proving difficult, so contingency plans to protect the community are being developed.

Sunday’s forecast of possible lightning could complicate this already difficult fire. About 400 structural and wildland firefighters are working the day shift with landowners and companies, while another 400 are scheduled for the night shift. A community meeting in Azalea on Saturday night drew an audience of 177 people. Another public meeting is being held at the Milo Fire Department tonight at 6:30 pm.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg
Resources and other landowners, and structural fire protection teams from Clackamas, Lane,
Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. Over 1000 people are currently assigned to the fire.

 Evacuations Levels 1 to 3 have been issued which affect 188 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place near the Galesville Dam up to Snow Creek on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and Trail Highway in Tiller on the east side. Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place for residents in the Azalea area from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Canyonville YMCA.

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

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