Ramsey Canyon Fire 08/22/18 PM Update

Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 600 acres
Containment: 0%
Expected Full Containment: N/A
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 0
Structures Threatened: 211
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation:
Extreme fire behavior and gusty ridgetop and canyon winds caused the Ramsey Canyon Fire to spread rapidly just before sundown. The fire is estimated to have grown a few hundred acres within the last two hours of daylight. The current fire size is approximately 600 acres.
Currently, night shift resources will continue to attack the fire directly and construct fire line along the flanks of the fire. Access to the fire has been difficult from the start. Dozers will continue to build access roads, as well as contingency lines. While aircraft cannot be utilized overnight, firefighting aircraft will be making water/retardant drops tomorrow as soon as the daylight and visibility allows.
In the upcoming hours, shelters will be established for our community. Details to come in the morning.
Tomorrow, an Oregon Department of Forestry Type I Incident Management Team, alongside an Oregon State Fire Marshal Team will assume command of the fire in order to alleviate the local district’s initial attack resources.

Level 3 “Go”
Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 17000.

Level 2 “Be Set”
East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, the addresses 16840, 16880, 16901, and 16933.

For an interactive map please visit: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 28
Water Tenders: 8
Helicopters: 8
Hand Crews: 8
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 220
Air Tankers: 8

Cooperating Agencies:
Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management,American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest