Contact: Brian Ballou, 541-621-4156
Melissa Cano, 541-613-6313
Firefighters are holding the Cleveland Ridge Fire at 635 acres. The fire burning on private and Bureau of Land Management forestlands north/northwest of Shady Cove has a fire line completed around 100 percent of the fire and is 25 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.
With the help of aerial support, day shift firefighters made significant progress on the northern end of the fire. While the fire is still burning toward the north, night shift crews continued to strengthen the fire line in order to prepare for the warm temperatures and high winds expected by Thursday evening.
The Level 2 Be Set) evacuation notice in place is being reduced to a Level 1 (Be Ready) for residents on Taylor Road and the West Fork of Trail Creek Road, as well as residents along Highway 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Road to address 6481 Highway 227. ODF thanks all of the fire agencies in Jackson and Josephine Counties for their assistance with structural protection. Road blocks and closures on West Fork of Trail Creek Road are still in place as firefighters continue to work the Cleveland Ridge Fire.
As a reminder, TouVelle State Park in Central Point is closed to the public. The park is being used as the site for the fire camp. Please avoid the area due to increased fire traffic, if possible.
The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. Monday, 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.