Wildfire Update

Hugo Road Fire 09/05/18 PM 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: 75%

Current Situation:

The containment on the Hugo Road Fire continues to rise as firefighters are making additional progress. The fire is now 75 contained.

Crews have now completed mopping up 250 feet from the fire’s edge. While, the initial plan was to achieve 300 feet of mop up by the end of shift, several firefighters working on the Hugo Road Fire were dispatched to a new fire start six miles northeast of Selma. Thanks to the coordinated response, crews were able to catch the fire at roughly two acres.

A thorough investigation has revealed that the cause of the Hugo Road Fire was a result of a tree falling into a powerline.

Tonight, firefighters will continue to focus on expanding mop up operations around the perimeter, homes, and roadways. Please use caution if traveling through the area.


Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire all current evacuation levels are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY” notice. Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.

For information regarding information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, or follow the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page as evacuation levels are anticipated to change shortly.

Assigned Resources:
Engines: 10
Water Tenders: 4
Helicopters: As needed
Hand Crews: 8
Dozers: 4
Total Personnel: 211
Air Tankers: As needed

Cooperating Agencies:
ODF Southwest Oregon District​, Rural Metro Fire – Josephine County​, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety​, Josephine County Emergency Management​, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.