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





Thursday, September 1, 2016

Firefighter efforts boost containment on Gold Canyon Fire

Sept. 1, 2016

Contacts:      
Brian Ballou, 541-621-4156
Melissa Cano, 541-613-6313
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
In the past 24 hours, air and ground support on the Gold Canyon Fire made significant progress toward containment. The 61-acre fire is now 60 percent contained.

Fire activity is expected to remain minimal today. Temperatures will be cooler today - in the high 70s and low 80s - but  there is a potential for wind gusts throughout the afternoon.

Firefighters will mop up 200 feet inside the fire line today to further strengthen the containment of this fire. Ground crews will also be gridding green areas surrounding the line for potential hot spots.

Residents on Wildpark Lane and Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level throughout the day as a precaution. No structures have been lost.

The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. Cause is under investigation. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District is asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people who may be responsible for starting the Gold Canyon Fire.

Please call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit office at 541-471-3883 if you have information that will help identify people or vehicles in the area at that time. Information received will be confidential.

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's Southwest Oregon District can be found at www.swofire.com.
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