Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Joint Information Center Fire Update August 14, 2018


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Information for Southwest Oregon Fires is available at the Joint Information Center (JIC) at

Phone: 541-474-5305
Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fire Summary (as reported on at 9:00 a.m. August 14)
FIRE NAME
ACRES
CONTAINMENT
PERSONNEL
TAYLOR CREEK FIRE
48,247
45%
986
GARNER COMPLEX
8,886 (Combined total)
87%
200
KLONDIKE
55,248
15%
569
NATCHEZ
13,756
55%
754
HENDRIX
1,082
90%
147
MILES/COLUMBUS/SNOW SHOE
31,544 (Miles)
9,636 (Columbus)
3,816 (Snow Shoe)

12%-Miles
15%-Columbus
95%-Snow Shoe

2,154

WEATHER
Tuesday will be hot and dry with areas of smoke. The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures in the mid-90s in the valleys and lower 80s on the ridges, with overnight lows between 55 and 60 degrees. Light and variable northwest winds, from 5-7 mph, will continue throughout the day, and becoming calm in the evening. Beginning mid-week, an upper level disturbance will move across Oregon, with the possibility of isolated thunderstorms.

SMOKE
With a weather pattern similar to yesterday, fire activity today will continue to produce more smoke that could impact communities closest to the fires. Overall air quality is expected to deteriorate as winds decrease and smoke settles in. Communities closest to the fires could see Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality levels due to proximity to the fires. Winds will become light through Tuesday. Pay attention to changing conditions and visibility in your area. Intensity of the smoke will depend on the activity of the fires.

For relief from smoke, travel to the Oregon Coast, or north into the Roseburg area.

EVACUATIONS







More info about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org.

Josephine County current evacuation information is available at the Josephine County Sheriff’s website at http://www.co.josephine.or.us/News.asp?SectionID=180.

Evacuation levels in Jackson County have recently changed. Please check the website. Jackson County current evacuation information is available at the Jackson County Sheriff’s website at http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/News.

Douglas County current evacuation information is available at the Douglas County Sheriff’s website at http://www.dcso.com/#. Existing Level 2 evacuations in Douglas County remain.

Per the Natchez Fire Incident Management Team, the community of Sunstar, California has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32), including an additional residence in the South Fork of Indian Creek.

On August 13, 2018, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office modified the prior evacuation warning, making it effective for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and residences on or accessed by the Indian Creek/Grayback Road from the intersection with Dolittle Creek, north to West Branch Campground. Those that are in the warning area are reminded to remain vigilant in the possible event that the evacuation warning is upgraded to a mandatory evacuation order.

Information about fire evacuation levels is also available from the Joint Information Center at 541-474-5305.

Evacuees seeking assistance can contact the American Red Cross at (888) 680-1455.

RE-OPENING

Galice Road remains open, restoring access to local businesses and boat ramps. Crews continue to patrol the area and protect structures. Drivers should expect to see firefighters along the road and drive with caution.

All Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands along the Merlin-Galice Road remain open.

Grayback Road (Forest Highway 48) remains open to public travel. Short-term delays may occur.

CLOSURES

TAYLOR CREEK/KLONDIKE
Due to increased fire behavior and firefighting operations on the Taylor Creek Fire, Bear Camp and Peavine Roads remain closed. The risk of trees and other debris falling on these roads continues as firefighters mop up areas of the fire. https://tinyurl.com/BearCampClosure.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Taylor Creek Fire Emergency Area Closure Order 06-10-22-18-62 closes national forest lands near the Taylor Creek Fire for public health and safety. Effective July 19, 2018 through October 31, 2018, unless sooner rescinded. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at https://tinyurl.com/RRSiskiyou.

The Oregon State Marine Board filed a temporary rule to close boating effective immediately on the Rogue River from Hog Creek to Galice due to the Taylor Creek Fire: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/Rogue-River-Temporary-Closure.aspx.

A temporary forest closure order is in effect for the area around the Klondike Fire. Forest Roads 4103, 4105, 2512, and 2402-676 remain closed. Information on current conditions can be found at the Rogue River National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.

NATCHEZ
Closure orders are in effect on Klamath National Forest and Rogue River-­Siskiyou National Forest within the vicinity of the Natchez Fire. A closure order was issued August 5th, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary. For details of the closure order please go to the Klamath National Forest Website at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath.

HENDRIX
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Hendrix Fire Area Closure for the southern portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District remains in effect. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.

MILES/COLUMBUS/SNOW SHOE
An Emergency Road and Area Fire Closure has been issued by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. All portions of the Forest west of Forest Roads 68 near the northern boundary and all of 6640 are closed. This area is bounded on the south by BLM and private land, to the north and west by the Umpqua National Forest and to the east by open portions of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The Umpqua National Forest has implemented emergency road and trail closures on the Tiller Ranger District because of the South Umpqua Complex. This closure order is a combination of roads and trails which had remained closed from last year’s fire season. With continued fire suppression operations, the closures are essential to allow for public and firefighter safety. In addition, this Forest Order includes previous closures on the Diamond Lake Ranger District and North Umpqua Ranger District to create a current and comprehensive list.
More information is available at:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices.

Links to Specific Incidents

When you want to help….
In a time of crisis people naturally want to reach out and help.  We appreciate those efforts and have a few suggestions for you to consider.
Most appreciated by firefighters:

 Other ideas:

  • Join or support your local fire department or emergency organizations- they appreciate your generosity since they are the first responders in many cases.    
  • Donate to local charitable organizations like the Red Cross. 
  • Donate to local food banks, which sometimes get forgotten when fires impact a community.
  • Create and maintain a defensible space around your home!  Give emergency responders and yourself a safe area to defend your home in or retreat to, if necessary.

Note: Fire camps cannot accept food items due to health and federal contract regulations.  We feed our assigned fire crews three meals a day plus snacks.

Taylor Creek/Klondike Fires Update - August 14, 2018

For a downloadable, printable version of the update, click here
For a downloadable, printable version of the map, click here



Updated Rogue River-Siskiyou Forest Closure - August 14, 2018

For a downloadable, printable version of this notice, click here

Miles Fire Update, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For a downloadable, printable version of this update, click here
For a downloadable, printable version of this map, click here



Hendrix Fire Update - August 14th, 2018

For a downloadable, printable version of this update, click here

This is the final update from the Hendrix fire.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Josephine County Downgrades Evacuation Levels for Galice Road - August 13th, 2018 - 5pm

For a downloadable, printable version of this release, click here

Medford Air Tanker Base Ready to Support Firefighters on the Ground


Entrance to the Medford Air Tanker Base

           This has been another busy year for the Medford Air Tanker Base (ATB). As of August 13, they have flown 1,037,895 gallons of retardant to fires. Smoke conditions cleared enough this past Thursday for four fixed wing aircraft to assist on the Miles, Columbus, Snowshoe and Roundtop Fires. Fixed wing resources are one “tool” that can be used for fires, however they are used when they can be
most effective. In areas of heavy timber, fire retardant drops are not able to reach the forest floor due to the thickness of the tree canopy and will deposit in the trees. This will allow a fire to travel underneath the trees and spread beyond the retardant line. Retardant drops are often used to reinforce fire lines that have already been cleared of heavy timber, to aid in structure protection, and slow the spread of the fire.

A Convair tanker awaits to be dispatched.
                                                               
Air tankers that were available to assist at the Medford ATB were:
  • ·         The Convair tanker carries 2,000 gallons of retardant per plane and have excellent maneuverability with steep descent capability for exceptional performance in mountainous terrain.
  • ·         The RJ85 tanker carries 3,000 gallons of retardant. This plane is capable of faster turn-around times to fires.
  • ·         The DC10 aircraft resembles a commercial airliner. This plane was repurposed from being a passenger aircraft to an airtanker that has the capacity to carry up to 9,400 gallons of retardant. It has three separate tanks.  


Retardant fill hoses are staged for the incoming tankers.
           Medford ATB is approved to “hot load” an aircraft which allows them to fill the aircraft with retardant while their outboard engines continue running. This makes the turn-around time for planes much faster when they are on a load and return order for a fire. The staff, pilots, and planes at the tanker base are ready to fly at a moments notice. The planes are always full of fuel and retardant so when they are dispatched, they are ready to fire up the engines and go.                




Joint Information Center Fire Update August 13, 2018

PDF Link











Information for Southwest Oregon Fires is available at the Joint Information Center (JIC) at

Phone: 541-474-5305
Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fire Summary (as reported on at 9:00 a.m. August 13)
FIRE NAME
ACRES
CONTAINMENT
PERSONNEL
TAYLOR CREEK FIRE
48,257
45%
1,102
GARNER COMPLEX
8,886 (Combined total)
87%
200
KLONDIKE
55,248
15%
521
NATCHEZ
13,155
52%
814
HENDRIX
1,082
82%
199
MILES/COLUMBUS/SNOW SHOE/ROUND TOP
30,974 (Miles)
9,545 (Columbus)
3,816 (Snow Shoe)
154 (Round Top)
10%-Miles
14%-Columbus
95%-Snow Shoe
95%-Round Top
2,154

WEATHER
Monday will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke. The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures in the upper 90s in the valleys and lower 80s on the ridges, with overnight lows between 55 and 60 degrees.  Warmer and drier weather, with increasing amounts of lingering smoke, is predicted to continue throughout the week. Light and variable northwest winds, from 5-7 mph, will continue throughout the day, and becoming calm in the evening.

SMOKE
Fire activity today will produce more smoke that could impact communities around the fires. Overall air quality is expected to deteriorate as winds decrease and smoke settles in. Winds will become light through Monday. Pay attention to changing conditions and visibility in your area.

For relief from smoke, travel to the Oregon Coast, or north into the Roseburg area.

EVACUATIONS


More info about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org.
Josephine County current evacuation information is available at the Josephine County Sheriff’s website at http://www.co.josephine.or.us/News.asp?SectionID=180.

Evacuation levels in Jackson County have recently changed. Please check the website. Jackson County current evacuation information is available at the Jackson County Sheriff’s website at http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/News.

Douglas County current evacuation information is available at the Douglas County Sheriff’s website at http://www.dcso.com/#. Existing Level 2 evacuations in Douglas County remain.

Per the Natchez Fire Incident Management Team, the community of Sunstar, California has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32). One additional residence in the South Fork of Indian Creek moved from an evacuation warning to an evacuation order. An evacuation warning remains in effect for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and all residences accessed by the Grayback Road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback Road. Those that are in the warning area are reminded to remain vigilant in the possible event that the evacuation warning is upgraded to a mandatory evacuation order.

Information about fire evacuation levels is also available from the Joint Information Center at 541-474-5305.

Evacuees seeking assistance can contact the American Red Cross at (888) 680-1455.

RE-OPENING

Galice Road remains open, restoring access to local businesses and boat ramps. Crews continue to patrol the area and protect structures. Drivers should expect to see firefighters along the road and drive with caution.

All Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands along the Merlin-Galice Road remain open.

Grayback Road (Forest Highway 48) remains open to public travel. Short-term delays may occur.

CLOSURES

TAYLOR CREEK/KLONDIKE
Due to increased fire behavior and firefighting operations on the Taylor Creek Fire, Bear Camp and Peavine Roads remain closed due to firefighter activity. https://tinyurl.com/BearCampClosure.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Taylor Creek Fire Emergency Area Closure Order 06-10-22-18-62 closes national forest lands near the Taylor Creek Fire for public health and safety. Effective July 19, 2018 through October 31, 2018, unless sooner rescinded. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at https://tinyurl.com/RRSiskiyou.

The Oregon State Marine Board filed a temporary rule to close boating effective immediately on the Rogue River from Hog Creek to Galice due to the Taylor Creek Fire: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/Rogue-River-Temporary-Closure.aspx.

A temporary forest closure order is in effect for the area around the Klondike Fire. Forest Roads 4103, 4105, 2512, and 2402-676 remain closed. Information on current conditions can be found at the Rogue River National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.

NATCHEZ
Closure orders are in effect on Klamath National Forest and Rogue River-­Siskiyou National Forest within the vicinity of the Natchez Fire. A closure order was issued August 5th, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary. For details of the closure order please go to the Klamath National Forest Website at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath.

HENDRIX
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Hendrix Fire Area Closure for the southern portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District remains in effect. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.

MILES/COLUMBUS/SNOW SHOE/ROUND TOP
An Emergency Road and Area Fire Closure has been issued by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. All portions of the Forest west of Forest Roads 68 near the northern boundary and all of 6640 are closed. This area is bounded on the south by BLM and private land, to the north and west by the Umpqua National Forest and to the east by open portions of the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest.

The Umpqua National Forest has implemented emergency road and trail closures on the Tiller Ranger District because of the South Umpqua Complex. This closure order is a combination of roads and trails which had remained closed from last year’s fire season. With continued fire suppression operations, the closures are essential to allow for public and firefighter safety. In addition, this Forest Order includes previous closures on the Diamond Lake Ranger District and North Umpqua Ranger District to create a current and comprehensive list.
More information is available at:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Klondike Fire: There will be a community meeting tonight, Monday August 13, at 6 pm, at the Selma Community and Education Center, 18255 Redwood Highway (Hwy.199).

Natchez Fire: There will be a community fire information meeting tonight, Monday, August 13, 6 pm, at the Grange on 2nd Street in Happy Camp.


Links to Specific Incidents

When you want to help….
In a time of crisis people naturally want to reach out and help.  We appreciate those efforts and have a few suggestions for you to consider.

Most appreciated by firefighters:



Other ideas:

  • ·   Join or support your local fire department or emergency organizations- they appreciate your generosity since they are the first responders in many cases.
  • ·  Donate to local charitable organizations like the Red Cross.
  • ·  Donate to local food banks, which sometimes get forgotten when fires impact a community.
  • ·  Create and maintain a defensible space around your home!  Give emergency responders and yourself a safe area to defend your home in or retreat to, if necessary.

Note: Fire camps cannot accept food items due to health and federal contract regulations.  We feed our assigned fire crews three meals a day plus snacks.