Wildfire Update

Hugo Road Fire 09/04/18 AM Update

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
Containment: 45%
Structures Threatened: 265
Structures (Outbuildings) Destroyed: 13
Structures (Outbuildings) Damaged: 2
Residences Destroyed: 2
Residences Damaged: 3
Civilians Evacuated: 663

Current Situation:

Significant progress continues to be made on the Hugo Road Fire. The 199 acre fire burning north-northwest of Grants Pass in the community of Hugo is now 45 percent contained.

Overnight, firefighters were able to complete mop up of 100 feet from the perimeter control line, around the perimeter of structures, and from the edge of roadways. In addition, power was restored throughout the area impacted by the fire.

Today’s primary goal is to extend the mop up area to at least 200 feet. Firefighters want to ensure that the continued afternoon winds do not pose a threat to our current control lines. While gusty winds will continue, temperatures are expected to be in the mid 80’s today and overnight humidity recoveries have improved.

Resources from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be traveling home around 4 p.m. today. Community members can expect to see out-of-area engines departing the fire throughout the day and local engines entering to assist with the transition.

Firefighters from all agencies involved would like to express their gratitude for the community’s support. It is an honor to serve you.


Level 3 “GO” and Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation notices remain in effect, as of 7:00 this morning. With great progress made overnight, there is a possibility evacuation levels may drop throughout the day. The Sheriff’s Office will be evaluating this decision, and will notify all impacted residences via Citizen Alert once they decide which areas are safe to reenter. For additional information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page.

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.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 12
Water Tenders: 5
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 10
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies: ODF Southwest Oregon District​, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal​ Rogue Valley Fire Chief’s Association,  Rural Metro Fire – Josephine County​, 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 IAFF Local 2596​, Jackson County Fire District 4​, Fire District 3​, Josephine County Emergency Management​, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross​.