Current situation

Rain will move across much of the region today, Oct. 5, diminishing over the weekend. Temperatures will remain below average. Winds will vary across the region as weather systems arrive and depart. The potential for large fire initiation over the region is minimal due to the wet and cool weather today and lingering through the weekend. Fire restrictions in different parts of the state began to be lowered last week based on the local fuel conditions. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions on activities linked to fire starts or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cleveland Ridge Fire update, 08-24-16

Contact:       Brian Ballou, (541) 621-4156
                       Melissa Cano, (541) 613-6313
For more info: www.swofire.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Crews Focus on North End of Cleveland Ridge Fire

The size of the Cleveland Ridge Fire this morning is 635 acres. Eighty percent of the fire’s perimeter has a fire line around it. Most of the overnight fire activity was in the north end, which is also where much of today’s fire line construction focus will be.

More than 200 firefighters are assigned to the day shift (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Approximately 150 firefighters worked the night shift (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Helicopters and air tankers will be available to day shift firefighters.

Residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. remain under a Level 2 (Set) Evacuation Level, which went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 were also placed under the Level 2 alert. More than 40 structures are within the evacuation alert area.

A structural protection task force remains in place today to protect homes and other structures in the event the wildfire posed a threat. The team is assembled from engines and personnel from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Weather for today in the fire area is expected to be much like Tuesday: High temperatures in the low 90s, relative humidity in the high teens, and light winds from the north/northeast.

The fire started Monday afternoon, and its cause is under investigation.

Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District can be found on the district’s Facebook page at “ODF Southwest Oregon District,” @ODFSouthwest, and the website www.swofire.com. Maps of the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.

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