Fire Report - 8/19/2018 - 7:00 am update
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Significant fires with high activity levels in Oregon and Northern California from Redding on up will be reported on and updated daily. Significant fires are those of 100 acres or more in timber, or 300 acres or more in grass.
This page will be updated as any significant fires are occurring that are a concern. We will not report on fires that are in mop up mode and not considered a threat any longer.
We are now at National and Local Fire Preparadeness level 5. This means that all available resources are committed and we are deep into the reserve forces. The bottom of the barrel. This also means there are few if any resources left unassigned in the US. The next step is to call up the active duty military and National Guard into fire fighting roles. The National Guard in several states have already been called up. That includes California and Oregon.
Here are links that we find invaluable to what we do. I suspect you will too.
For National Large Fire locations click here.
This next one is both a fire locator and an awesome mapping device. You can use a zoom in, zoom out feature in the upper left hand corner that allows you to really see a fire's perimeter based ont he last mapping done. It is the single greatest resource we have seen for staying on top of fires for general location, and then being able to zoom in on a fire and get specific mapping of the immediate area. Highly recommend you use this. Click here to open it.
On Sunday July 15, lightning started hundreds of fires across Southwest Oregon. At last count 280 total. They were rapidly responded to by the US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Local Fire Districts, Tribal and Crater Lake National Park firefighting resources. Although many fires have already been contained, we do have five long duration events that resulted.
Taylor Creek Fire - west of Merlin and Grants Pass in Josephine County on a mix of the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, BLM and private lands protected by ODF. The Taylor Creek and Klondike fires were split into zones on Monday. Official names of the fires are “Taylor Creek and Klondike East Fires,” managed by the Alaska Incident Management Team out of Lake Selmac, and “Klondike West Fire” managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 out of Gold Beach. 52,588 acres in size, and 61 percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in timber and medium logging slash. Moderate fire behavior. Numerous structures, and Rogue River recreation sites threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect. The Taylor Creek Fire is being fought by 579 fire fighters under command of the Alaskan type 1 IMT with Tom Kurth as the IC. Numerous helicopters of all types and fixed wing aircraft are also being used to fight the fire. Additionally, drones of all kinds have been used for scouting, aerial ignition of back burns, and to map the fire. For fire information including maps, click here.
LEVEL 3 "GO NOW!" evacuations in effect. Click here for the evacuation orders or notifications in effect.
If you have not signed up for Josephine County Citizen’s Alert, Josephine County’s emergency notification system, you can sign up on line at www.rvem.org.
Rogue Valley Fire Information telephone number: 541-474-5305
Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution. If you would like more information about air quality in the area you can go to the Oregon smoke blog here.
Klondike Fire - north of Selma in Josephine County on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, and also private property. The Taylor Creek and Klondike fires were split into zones on Monday. Official names of the fires are “Taylor Creek and Klondike East Fires,” managed by the Alaska Incident Management Team out of Lake Selmac, and “Klondike West Fire” managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 out of Gold Beach. Last estimate of acreage 68,241 acres at 15 percent containment at last report. The fire is in timber and brush fields from prior fires in the area. Extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, torching and spotting. 845 fire fighters are on this fire. A California type 1 IMT with Jay Kurth, (no relation to Tom Kurth as it turns out), has command of this fire. Due to the complexities of both fires, it was decided to bring a command team in to run just the Klondike fire area. Numerous helicopters of all types and fixed wing aircraft are also being used to fight the fire. Additionally, drones of all kinds have been used for scouting, aerial ignition of back burns, and to map the fire. Residences threatened. Road and area closures in effect. A level 1 "Be ready" evacuation advisory is still in effect for all areas near Selma and Wilderville north of Highway 199. For fire information including the latest maps, click here.
LEVEL 3 "GO NOW!" evacuations in effect. A Level 3 evacuation is in effect for the Illinois River Road due to both the actual fire and fire fighting operations. Click here for current information. Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions. Click here.
Miles Fire - Burning on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, and private property northeast of Trail, and northwest of Prospect in Jackson County. It began in Douglas County on the Umpqua National Forest and has moved south into Jackson County. This fire merged with the Sugar Pine, and Goodview fires. Last estimate of acreage is 33,204 acres, 35 percent contained. The fire is burning in timber, grass, and brush. The cause was lightning. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, backing, and short-range spotting. 1,345 fire fighters are assigned, There is a unified command on this fire that consits of national type 1 IMT with Doug Turman IC, and an Oregon Department of Foresty IMT with Link Smith as the IC. The Pacfic Northwest Team 2 a type 1 IMT that was out on the Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires previously will be taking over for Turman's team Monday morning at 6 am. Numerous helicopters of all types and fixed wing aircraft are also being used to fight the fire. A fire fighting crew from Puerto Rico has arrived to assit with efforts on this fire. This same crew worked on the North Umpqua Complex of fires in Douglas County last summer. Structures have been lost to this fire. That was one residence and one barn in the upper Elk Creek and Dodes Creek areas. For fire information including the latest maps, click here.
Level 3 "GO NOW!" evacuation orders were issued in Jackson County. To see evacuation information, click here. For updated fire information including the latest maps, click here. Hwy 62 is seeing heavy fire fighting traffic from Lost Creek Reservoir to Crater Lake National Park. The highway itself is not threatened in this area at this time. Use caution driving it and watch out for fire fighting vehicles. At this time no threat to Prospect, or Union Creek.
Columbus Fire - 10 miles west of Union Creek in Jackson County. The fire is actually in Douglas County. Burning on the Umpqua National Forest, State, and privately owned lands. This fire is a merging of 3 fires that had been in the South Umpqua Complex. The Columbus, HD, and Criple Creek fires. 9,841 plus acres at last report, 29 percent contained. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, short-range spotting and backing. The fire is burning in a variety of fuel types. The fire was started by lightning. 142 fire fighters are working this fire. A national Type 1 IMT led by Doug Turman is in command of the fire today. Pacific Northwest Team 2 a type 1 IMT takes over at 6 am Monday morning. There are a number of agencies assiting with the fire including ODF. The Cow Creek Indain Tribe is also assiting as they have land holdings in the area. Helicopters are being used to fight the fire. Fire fighters are working hard to improve the scratch lines they have been able to get established. They are also taking advantage of terrain features and prior burn scars in the area to help contain the fire. For fire information including the latest maps, click here.
Watson Creek Fire - 7 miles west of Paisley in Lake County on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. 14,000 acres, and 0 percent containment at last report. Active fire behavior with group torching and long-range spotting. The fire is burning in grass, and timber. Cause is under invesitgation. 780 fire fighters are on scene or en route committed to the fire. A Northwest type 2 IMT with Shawn Sheldon as IC is in command. The fire is in difficult to access terrain. They are fighting the fire as aggressively as they can both on the ground and in the air. Due to the explosive growth of the fire and the risk it now poses to a number of areas including a threat top Paisley and Highway 31, resources were sent from other fires in the region, including from the Miles Fire it appears. Over 600 fire fighters were assigned to, or arrived on the fire in the last 12 hours. Additional resources continued to be ordered as this fire is now a very high priority fire.
Stubblefield Fire - 7 mi NW of Condon, OR. Burning on private lands and some BLM land. Cause: Unknown, but believed to be lightning. 16,700 acres, and 29% containment at last report. Active fire behavior burning in grass and shrub. Evacuations in effect. Structures, infrastructure and gas pipeline threatened. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Blue Team Incident Command Team with Ian Yocum as the IC, and a BLM IMT are in joint command of the fire.
Sorefoot Fire - Final report. 6 mi NW of Clarno, OR. Burning on BLM lands. Cause: Unknown, but believed to be lightning. 800 acres, at 75% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Fire is burning in grass and brush.
Milepost Fire. 6 mi S of Madras, OR. Burning on the Crooked River National Grasslands. Cause: Human. 1,500 acres, at 0% containment. Active fire behavior. The fire is burning in grass and brush.
Grizzly Road Fire - Final report. 11 mi SE of Madras, OR. Burning on the Crooked River national Grasslands. Cause: Lightning. 360 acres. 80% containment. Minimal fire behavior. The fire is burning in grass and brush.
Tenino Fire. 5 mi SW of Warm Springs, OR. Burning on the Warm Srpings Reservation. Cause: Lightning. 7,500 acres. 0% containment. Active fire behavior. The fire is burning in grass and timber.
Eli Creek Fire. 12 mi SSW of Pilot Rock, OR. Burning on BLM, and private lands. Cause: Lightning. 3,421 acres, unknown percent containment. Minimal fire behavior. The fire is burning in grass and brush. Acreage was reduced due to more accurate mapping.
NEW INCIDENT - Kinzua Complex. 10 mi radius around the town of Fossil, OR. Burning on lands protected by ODF. Cause: Unknown. 550 acres, 0% containment at last report. Active fire behavior. Timber and brush. Complex includes previously reported 161 McDonald as well as 57 Kinzua, 158 Ricks Creek, 165 Rancheria and 172 Oxhead.
NEW FIRE - Twickwnham Fire. 13 mi S of Fossil, OR. Burning on lands protected by ODF. Cause: Lightning. 1,000 acres, 0% containment at last report. Active fire behavior. Grass and brush. Limited information available.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Humboldt, Del Norte, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou Counties -