Month: June 2015

Uncategorized | June 30, 2015

Target Shooting Sparks Fire on Kershaw Road

For Immediate Release Contact: Ashley Lara 541-831-2778Date: June 30, 2015 Target Shooting Sparks Fire on Kershaw Road At 4:45p.m. dispatch received a report of smoke at the White City Shooting Range on Kershaw Road. Jackson County Fire District 3, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene to find a […]

Uncategorized | June 29, 2015

June 29 Fire Statistics and Pocketcard Update

Southwest Oregon District is continuing to set record high ERC values and record low fuel moisture values for this time of year. Continued hot, dry weather is forecast over the area through the week with another chance of disturbance coming this weekend. Industrial Fire Precaution levels will increase to level 2 on Wednesday July 1. […]

Uncategorized | June 29, 2015

June 29 Fire Statistics and Pocketcard Update

Southwest Oregon District is continuing to set record high ERC values and record low fuel moisture values for this time of year. Continued hot, dry weather is forecast over the area through the week with another chance of disturbance coming this weekend. Industrial Fire Precaution levels will increase to level 2 on Wednesday July 1. […]

Uncategorized | June 27, 2015

Lightning Causes Four Fires on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Abundant lightning strikes Friday evening over the High Cascades Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest resulted in four new fire starts. The Bessie Fire is currently estimated at 10-20 acres and is being attacked with air tankers, helicopters and hand crews. All other fires are currently reported at one acre or less in […]

Uncategorized | June 26, 2015

June 26 Lightning Map Update

There was a little lightning that occurred mainly on Forest Service land near Prospect on the evening of June 26. For the latest maps visit swofiredata.com

Uncategorized | June 26, 2015

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Rises to Level 2 on July 1

Prolonged dry conditions in southwest Oregon forestlands is the cause for the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to raise to a Level II (2) on July 1. Restrictions under IFPL II take effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, and apply to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, as well as state, private, county and Bureau […]

Uncategorized | June 26, 2015

June 26 Evening Lightning Map Update

SWO ODF received a little lightning in the very upper northeast end of the district. Below are the latest maps. June_26 Google Maps View KML Map Overlay LEGEND FOR LIGHTNING STRIKES, COLOR DENOTES TIME SINCE THEY OCCURRED.   Pink: 0-1 Hours Red: 1-3 Hours Orange: 3-6 Hours Blue: 6-10 Hours Purple: 10-16 Hours Black: 16+ Hours

Uncategorized | June 26, 2015

Buckskin Fire: Friday Update

A Type 3 fire organization, headed by Incident Commander Monte Edwards, will assume command of the Buckskin Fire on Saturday at 6 am. This team is meeting today with Rogue River-Siskyou National Forest managers for an in-brief of the fire. The Type 3 team will continue to monitor the fire, complete suppression repair and be […]

Uncategorized | June 25, 2015

Water Trees Deeply as Mercury Climbs

The weather forecast is calling for high temperatures around most of the state through the weekend and even into the middle of next week. It’s a time to keep fire prevention uppermost in our minds, and also, to remember to protect the health of trees in yards and landscapes by deeply watering them.“Summer temperatures can […]

Uncategorized | June 25, 2015

Buckskin Fire: Thursday Update

The Buckskin Fire is estimated at 5,341 acres and is 60 percent contained. Full suppression of this fire remains the operational objective.Today, crews will patrol and mop-up hotspots along the southwest containment line near Baldface Creek. Remaining equipment from the south containment lines will be removed and backhauled to the incident command post. Repair of […]