SWO Fire

News | August 2, 2021

Nearly 50 Fires Reported on ODF-Protected Land From Sunday Thunderstorm in the Southwest Oregon District

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (August 2, 2021) – An estimated 50 fires have been reported following thunderstorms that passed though the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest Oregon District on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters, dispatchers and detection specialists worked through the night to locate and extinguish fires. Approximately 50 fires were reported from Sunday afternoon […]

News | July 31, 2021

ODF Southwest Responds to 14 Fires Following Two Days of Thunderstorms

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (July 31, 2021) – Following two consecutive days of thunderstorms in the Rogue Valley, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest Oregon District (SWO) has responded to 14 fires across the district that are believed to be lightning-caused. The majority of these fires are already extinguished; only two remain active, however, […]

News | July 26, 2021

Cause Determined in Redwood Highway Fire

SELMA, Ore. (July 26, 2021) –  The cause of the Redwood Highway Fire located on Highway 199 MP 23 has been determined to be a catalytic converter from a vehicle traveling northeast toward Grants Pass. In all, six starts were found between milepost 17 and 23, including two smaller fires at mileposts 17 and 19 […]

News | July 26, 2021

Fire Prevention Regulations Increase for Industrial Operations This Week

JACKSON & JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. (July 26, 2021) – Increased fire danger on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District has made it necessary to increase the fire prevention measures on industrial operations, such as logging sites and other commercial operations. Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL 3) takes effect Wednesday, […]

News | July 25, 2021

Redwood Highway Fire 100% Contained

SELMA, Ore. (July 25, 2021) – Following an aggressive initial attack, continuous overnight work and day shift mop-up, the Redwood Highway Fire located along Highway 199 MP 23 south of Selma is now 100% contained. Firefighters were able to complete hazard tree removal and mop-up operations by 2 p.m. on Sunday, and finished a final […]

News | July 25, 2021

Despite Limited Resources Overnight, Redwood Highway Fire 45% Contained

SELMA, Ore. (July 25, 2021) – Firefighters working the Redwood Highway Fire overnight have made excellent progress despite limited resources overnight and hazard trees in the area; the fire is 100% lined and 45% contained. It’s located on Highway 199 milepost 23, approximately four miles south of Selma. Through GPS mapping, the fire and multiple […]