Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































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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Current wildfire info

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.








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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



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