Incident Start Date: 09/02/2018
Incident Start Time: Approx. 7:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Hugo, which is roughly ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon
Land Threat: Private
Command Agency: ODF
Fire Size: 199 acres
Structures Threatened: 265
Structures (Outbuildings) Destroyed: 13
Structures (Outbuildings) Damaged: 2
Residences Destroyed: 2
Residences Damaged: 3
Civilians Evacuated: 663
A force of over 200 firefighters have lined the entirety of the Hugo Road Fire’s perimeter, boosting containment to 30 percent. While gusty winds are still causing minor flare-ups throughout the footprint of the fire, crews are gridding the landscape in order to keep the fire in check. The fire, burning on private lands approximately ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in the community of Hugo has been mapped at 199 acres in size. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Goals accomplished today include completing and securing the perimeter control line, mopping up 100 feet in and around structures, mopping up 100 feet from all impacted roadways, and completing a thorough structure assessment for the Hugo Road Fire.
While firefighters have been working for the past 24 hours to protect all structures, two residences, thirteen outbuildings, two RVs, and eleven vehicles have been deemed a total loss. In addition, three residences, two outbuildings, and one vehicle were damaged.
Tonight, night shift will continue mopping up from the exterior of the fire’s perimeter moving inward, as well as around structures. While smoke may be present, please know this is a part of the mop up process as crews are turning over hot stumps, removing hazard trees, and exposing hidden fire.
Due to significant progress and improved fire conditions, tomorrow, resources from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will begin their journey home. Structure crews will demobilize in waves, in order to allow local resources to transition into place. It is important to note that while the extra capacity of firefighters will be returning to their respective homes, we are not leaving our community alone. Both local structure and wildland crews will remain present to continue mopping up over the coming days.
Level 3 “Go” and Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation notices remain in place as a safety precaution while firefighters continue to secure the area. Please check out the interactive map, https://bit.ly/2uUku2C, or contact the Joint Information Center for additional details, (541) 474-5305. Also, please be aware that the quickest and most efficient way to receive evacuation notifications is via our reverse 9-1-1 system, Citizen Alert. It is not only a way we can notify people to evacuate in an emergency situation, but it is also how we let them know that they can return home. To sign up, please visit www.rvem.org.
Both the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to thank our community for supporting our unified command throughout this incident. We take pride in our quick and proficient collaboration that thrives each time we are able to keep our communities throughout Oregon safe.
Level 3 “GO” evacuation notices have been issued to the following residences:
Oxyoke Road from Three Pines Road to Hugo Road, Hugo Road from Oxyoke Road to Three Pines Road, Three Pines Road from Hugo Road to Oxyoke Road, Monterico and all secondary roads off of Monterico, Hitching Post Road, Hasis Road, Trevor Lane, Dakota Lane, Templin Avenue and Wilson Lane.
Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation notices have been issued to the following residences:
Three Pines Road to Monument Drive.
Monument Drive to the Interstate 5 at Milepost 66 interchange.
A human shelter and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.
Water Tenders: 5
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 10
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed
ODF Southwest Oregon District, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Rogue Valley Fire Chief’s Association, Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Illinois Valley Fire District, Applegate Valley Fire District, Rogue River Fire District, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District #5, Jackson County Fire District 4, Jackson County Fire District 3, Josephine County Emergency Management, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross.