Year: 2019

Wildfire Update | October 21, 2019

Fry Peak Fire 10/21/19 PM Update

Firefighters with the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District are actively mopping up the Fry Peak Fire, located on private land approximately 14 miles north of Rogue River. The fire was initially reported Sunday night just before 7:30 p.m. An engine was dispatched to the area above May Creek road, where firefighters were able […]

Wildfire Update | September 30, 2019

Fire Season Ends October 1, 2019, but Fire Prevention Continues

After 122 days, the 2019 fire season will end on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. Lands affected by this declaration include state, private, county, city, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties. Recent rains and consistent cooler temperatures […]

Wildfire Update | September 6, 2019

ODF Crews Continue to Extinguish Lightning-Caused Fires

Multiple new fire starts have been discovered following a thunderstorm that passed over the Rogue Valley early Thursday morning. In Jackson County, crews have been dispatched to 27 reports of lightning-caused fires, and 19 in Josephine County. Of the 46 total, 26 are extinguished, and crews are responding to three and actively mopping up six. […]

Wildfire Update | September 5, 2019

Overnight Thunderstorms Spark Numerous Small Fires

Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District firefighters have been responding to several reports of small lightning-sparked fires as a result of overnight thunderstorms in Southern Oregon. Between Jackson and Josephine Counties, more than 30 reports of potential fires have been received by our dispatch centers, and crews have confirmed 18 fires, extinguishing five. Another […]

Wildfire Update | August 29, 2019

Gyda Fire AM Update 8/29/19

*This will be the final update on the Gyda Fire unless conditions significantly change.* Containment on the Gyda Fire, located on the 11000-block of Highway 238, continues to steadily increase, jumping up to 57% as of Thursday morning. Crews pushed forward in mop-up operations, reaching the overnight goal of 150 feet into the fire; dayshift […]

Wildfire Update | August 28, 2019

Gyda Fire PM Update 8/28/19

The Gyda Fire, located on the 11000-block of Highway 238, is now 40% contained following the joint efforts of the first two shifts. Accurate GPS mapping on Wednesday has placed the fire at 54 acres. Dayshift crews have continued forward progress on mop-up operations, reaching 50 feet into the fire’s interior; firefighters assigned to the […]

Wildfire Update | August 28, 2019

Gyda Fire AM Update 8/28/19

Firefighters working on the Gyda Fire, located along the 11000-block of Highway 238, made significant progress overnight; the fire is 100% lined, and mop-up operations have begun. The fire is estimated to be 55 acres burning on private and BLM land, however, GPS mapping will likely take place on Wednesday to provide a more accurate […]

Wildfire Update | August 27, 2019

Gyda Fire PM Update 8/27/19

Hours after the Gyda Fire was initially reported, fire crews were able to line most of the area burned, saving a dozen homes. The fire, located on the 11000-block of Highway 238, is estimated to be 55 acres. Firefighters will be focused on completing the fire line overnight, and strengthening the perimeter. Resources assigned to […]

Wildfire Update | August 12, 2019

Weekend Thunderstorms Spark Small Fires, Help to Extinguish Larger Ones

While thunderstorms over the weekend did spark eight small fires, each under 1/10th of an acre, the benefit of the rain has helped crews finishing up on the Panther Gulch and East Evans Fires, boosting containment on both. Firefighters on both fires are expected to complete the mop-up process this week. On Tuesday, July 30, […]

Wildfire Update | August 7, 2019

East Evans Fire AM Update 8/7/19

This will be the final update for the East Evans Fire unless conditions significantly change. Infrared flights over the East Evans Fire confirm mop-up operations are effective and progressing quickly; Firefighters have upped containment overnight to 51%. The fire, located on the 18000-block of East Evans Creek road, remains 155 acres. Resources are increasing on […]