1152 and the Klamath County Taskforce has finished the demobilization process and is heading home.#RamseyCanyonFire 08/26/18 PM update
#QuickFacts: Incident Start Date: 8/22/2018 Incident Start Time: Approx. 12:45 p.m. Incident Type: Wildfire Cause: Under Investigation Est. Cost to Date: $4.43 million Incident Location: near Sams Valley, Jackson County, Oregon Land Threat: Private, BLM, Industrial Command Agency: ODF/OSFM Fire Size: 1,971 acres Containment: 40% Expected Full Containment: 9/10/2018 Civilian Injuries: 0 Firefighter Injuries: 4 Structures Threatened: 498 Structures Destroyed: 1 Structures Damaged: 0
The combination of aggressive and focused firefighting efforts and favorable weather conditions has allowed crews to push the Ramsey Canyon Fire back and keep it well within containment lines. Evacuation levels have been lowered. Areas that were in Level 3 are now Level 2 (Set) and areas that were Level 2 are now Level 1 (Ready). The road closure along East Evans Creek Road still remains closed to the public and only accessible to local residents and fire personnel.
Due to the decreased threat to homes, Oregon State Fire Marshall (OSFM) Green Team have met their objectives and will be demobilizing tomorrow morning, leaving oversight of the fire solely to Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2. Joe Hessel, ODF Incident Commander, thanked OSFM Incident Commander Les Hallman and his entire team, saying, “Thank you for your help. You will be missed. We are much more efficient when we work together.”
Today, crews were able to mop up into the perimeter 50-75 feet in many places. ODF’s Operations Section Chief John Pellissier said, “It was a great day. Crews were fully engaged around the entire perimeter.”
Tonight, the plan is to continue mopping up at least 50 feet around the entire perimeter and to increase areas around all structures. Hessel encouraged crews to remain focused. With many long hard days on the fire and some fatigue setting in, it might be easy to become complacent, but “the work you are doing during mop-up is no less important than what you have done so far.”
Tonight’s weather calls for cooler temperatures and higher humidities, with a chance of light showers on the ridges, but not enough to make a difference in firefighting efforts. Winds are from the north between 14 to 20 mph until around midnight. There is a potential for some spotting and runs up ridges, but likely to remain within the fire perimeter.
Level 3 “Go”
There are no Level 3 notices currently associated with the Ramsey Canyon Fire.
Level 2 “Be Set”
East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.
For additional information regarding evacuations, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Engines: 48 Water Tenders: 10 Helicopters: 6 Hand Crews: 27 Dozers: 6 Total Personnel: 942 Air Tankers: As needed
Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Oregon & Washington, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon, Jackson County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. ... See MoreSee Less
We have sent a Type 6 to the Ramsey Canyon Fire this morning. Our crew will rendezvous with the rest of the Klamath County Taskforce shortly, and proceed to the check in point. This continues to be a very long Fire season and is the second deployment of the year for us.#RamseyCanyonFire UPDATE - 5:00 PM
The fire is growing slowly and is now approximately 100-plus acres. Fire activity is mostly ground fuels, but there is some crowning. The surface winds are currently mild; however, winds will likely pick up this evening and pose a challenge until sundown.
Local ODF Southwest crews will be working through the night to aggressively and directly battle the fire. Structural partners from the Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association will be doing property assessments for structural protection in the area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
For all evacuation information, please follow the Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Oregon page as they will release all official notifications there. ... See MoreSee Less
Last night crews responded to a mutual aide request into Oregon Outback Rural Fire Protection District. Upon arrival, a Crescent engine company made entry into the building and found a dog inside. The crew successfully removed the dog, administered oxygen and placed her back into the care of the owners. ... See MoreSee Less
Engine 1121, along with the Klamath County Taskforce has completed the demobilization process and is heading home from the Garner Complex in Southern Oregon. Today marks day 14, the longest crews can be out. We are excited to get home, but more so, happier we were able to help where we could! ... See MoreSee Less