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
Firefighters and a BLM wildlife biologist teamed up this week to save a juvenile owl fleeing a wildfire in southwest Oregon. On Tuesday, firefighters working to protect structures on the Pleasant Creek Fire witnessed the owl make an ungraceful forest exit and a hard landing. “It kind of fluttered down,” said Andy Hoskins, battalion chief for Klamath County Fire District No. 1. Hoskins put the owl in a box, put the box in an air-conditioned fire truck and called for wildlife help. When BLM wildlife biologist Amy Price arrived, she identified the Western screech owl as in good condition, with no burns or injuries, and capable of immediate release. Western screech owls hunt at night and roost during the day, and Price hypothesized that it became disoriented due to the fire or smoke. “I wanted to release the owl as close to where it was found because that is best practice," said Price, "and in case it is indeed a juvenile and its parents may still be supplying it with supplemental food. After quick instructions, Hoskins was given the release honors. “When I released it, it kind of flew up to a tree -- maybe glided would be the word,” he said. From the tree, the Western screech owl made sure to look back at its rescuers. “He gave a good shake and kind of gave us a dirty look – like, ‘why was I in a box!’” recalled Price. In all, the owl was only in the air-conditioned box for a couple hours and the firefighters continued their assignments, protecting the local community. “It was nice that they took the time for a little owl,” said Price of the firefighters. The Pleasant Creek Fire is part of the larger #GarnerComplex, a collection of forest fires that started in the middle of the month after lightning strikes. At the time of printing, the Garner Complex was 21,400 acres in size and 25 percent contained.
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Crescent Fire has been activated as part of the Klamath County Taskforce to assist with suppression efforts in this complex of fires.GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE Morning Update 7-21-18 - 8:30am
QUICK FACTS: Size: 6382 acres Change in last 24 hrs. +2327 acres Containment: 8% Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m. Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18 Location: Josephine County Cause: Lightning Est. Cost: $4.085 million Personnel: 1355 Assigned Resources: Handcrews: 45 Engines: 33 Dozers: 11 Water Tenders: 12 Assigned Aircraft: 19
There will be a joint information center set up today to answer questions about all of the fires in the surrounding areas. If you have questions about other fires you can call the center at 541-474-5305. There will be a new Facebook page created today specifically for the Garner Complex fire. You will still find information about the Southwest Oregon fires on the ODF Southwest Facebook page.
Last night the Grave Creek #3 Fire continued to burn actively. Crews continue to put in contingency lines around the fire hoping to stop fire activity at contingency points. Operations in considering burning back towards the fire to strengthen the fire lines.
The Spencer Fire continues to have great success and is holding in place. Crews have been working to secure the fire lines.
The Pleasant Creek Fire is holding within the control lines and mop-up has begun.
The Taylor Fire, which was added to the complex at 6:00 P.M. last night was much more problematic than expected. Karl Witz from night Operations said, “the Taylor Fire ran like crazy all night long”. The fire continued to actively push to the south more than tripling in size. Today crews will engage the fire where safety permits, while aircraft will assist in slowing the rapid spread.
A fleet if 19 aircraft will continue to fly today with eight more on order. You may not see them right away in the mornings due to inversion layers that hold smoke in place. As the day progresses the inversion lifts and aircraft begins to fly during the peak fire activity times of the day. Aircraft will be flown on this complex as often as safely possible.
Current Evacuation Orders: -Pleasant Creek Rd: Levels 2 and 3 -Grave Cr. Rd is Level 3 north of intersection with Ditch Cr. Rd. -Pickett Rd and all cross roads are Level 2 and West Picket Rd. is Level 3.
Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest
7/7/2018 at 0700 The #KlamathonFire has spread to 22,000+ acres and has crossed the Oregon border into the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF Southwest Oregon District) resources are assisting Cal Fire with containment, currently at 5%.
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