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

Monday, July 2, 2018

ODF deploys IMT 3 to help with Lobster Creek Fire in Curry County

About 150 firefighters are battling the Lobster Creek Fire today 10 miles east of Gold Beach in the Coos Forest Protective Association. Firefighters are working with  fire engines, hand crews, dozers and aircraft.

The fire was reported Sunday evening, July 1. Pushed by strong winds, it spread to the south and is estimated to be 446 acres. The fire is estimated as 60% lined and 10% contained. 

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 3 has been mobilized to take over management of the fire today at 6 p.m. This is the second IMT deployment in as many weeks. IMT 2 demobilized just last week from the Graham Fire in Central Oregon District.

The fire is burning in private industrial timberlands in the Lobster Creek and Fall Creek drainages. No homes or structures are threatened at this time.

For information on closures and fire prevention you can find Coos Forest Protective Association on the web at, call the Closure Line at (541) 267-1789, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Current wildfire info

National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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