News, Wildfire Update

Fire Lines Hold on Fielder Creek Fire, Steady Progress Made


ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (September 8, 2021) – Resources assigned to the Fielder Creek Fire, located northwest of Rogue River on the 900-block of Fielder Creek road, continued to further progress on the incident, bolstering fire lines, falling hazardous trees and continuing mop-up operations. The fire remains 32 acres, affecting private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. Minimal fire activity was reported today, with only a few hotspots flaring up well within the interior of the fire.

Due to steady conditions, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Emergency Management lowered evacuation notices to residents on Fielder Creek Road to a Level 1 (BE READY) just after 6 p.m.

At this time, crews have mopped up 25-75 feet from the perimeter of the fire; firefighters will remain engaged overnight and continue these efforts, with a goal of reaching 100-150 feet into the interior. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

Today marks one year following the devastating September 8 wildfires that greatly affected the Rogue Valley and southern Oregon as a whole. ODF Southwest would like to recognize the efforts and resilience of our local firefighters and communities in keeping fire off the landscape this fire season. While we haven’t experienced the strong east winds and combined red flag conditions that drove the Almeda, South Obenchain and Slater Fires of 2020, our district has responded to 299 fires for a total of 355 acres burned in Jackson and Josephine counties during an extreme drought year; we feel these statistics speak for themselves. The vigilance of our residents and fire personnel combined has largely kept our district fire-free, and kept active incidents small. From early reporting by our communities to aggressive initial attacks, ODF Southwest is thankful for the support and partnerships from our residents and the tireless efforts of our local firefighters and partner agencies in firefighting.

Additional information about fire season is also available online on our Facebook page, @ODFSouthwest and our Twitter account, @swofire.