Wildfire Update

Milepost 97 Fire 7/28/19 Morning Update


The Milepost 97 Fire is burning on land protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

NOTE: Acreage has been updated using an infrared flight overnight. Acreage will be updated twice daily, evening and morning. All other stats will be updated once. Other news will be posted as it happens and is confirmed.

Fire Summary: 
Strong winds continued over the fire through most of the evening shift, causing the fire to remain active through most of the night. Ground crews worked to contain spot fires across I-5 near the Turkey Creek/Milepost 94 area and along I-5. The focus of today’s work will be to continue the work on the spot fire and to safely construct line along the I-5 corridor and along the south and southeastern edges. Crews are making progress along the northern edge of the fire, having constructed line and starting to plumb. The western edge is being constructed along the ridgetops to create a continuous line, where possible. Crews will continue to build this line and strengthen what has been constructed.

The Douglas County Sheriffs Office issued a Level 2, “Set” evacuation level for all residences on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83 which includes: Barton Road, Azalea-Glen Road, Old Booth Lane, Harrel Lane, Hobbs Lane, Fortune Branch Road on the Azalea-Glen side, Forrest Road, Realty Road, Quines Creek Road, Mobley Drive.

Additionally, all residences off of Upper Cow Creek Road starting at Interstate 5 milepost 88, east to the base of Galesville Dam are being elevated to a Level 2. 
A Level 1 ” Be Ready” notice is also being issued for all residents living on Windy Creek Road at and above Woods Creek Road. Barton Road south to Glendale Junction Road.

A community fire information meeting will take place tonight at Glendale High School at 7pm.

Size: 11,009 Acres
Containment: 5%
Start Date: July 24, 2019 10:00pm
Expected Containment Date: Unknown
Location: One mile south of Canyonville, Oregon
Cause: Human Caused
Est. Cost: $2,100,000
Personnel: 931

Resources: 
37 hand crews
41 Engines
11 Dozers
6 Water Tenders

Aircraft: 
5 Type 1 Helo
5 Type 2 Helo
3 Type 3 Helo
2 SEATs
Evacuations: Level 2 and Level 1 
Structures Threatened: 586
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0

Photo credit – Ross Steensland