Local Fire Information Now Available in Spanish from the Southwest Oregon Joint Information Center

Contact(s): Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051

Southwest Oregon—The Southwest Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC), located in Grants Pass, now has the ability to provide its daily fire information in Spanish. Translations are being provided by a contractor that is secured and committed to providing the information through the end of fire season, or until there is no longer a need to host a JIC.

The JIC is serving the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Josephine County and Jackson County, Umpqua National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford and Roseburg Districts of the Bureau of Land Management, and Douglas Forest Protective Association. The purpose of the JIC is to create a “one-stop shop” for important information pertaining to the fires in the region, including daily summaries, evacuation information, air quality updates, and schedules for community meetings.

Those wishing to access the information in Spanish can do so via the JIC website’s Spanish tab. Fire officials are also encouraging those who see a need that is not being filled for our region’s Spanish-speaking people to contact them with suggestions for better reaching this community.

“We recognize that there is a big portion of our southwest Oregon population that we have a hard time reaching due to language barriers, and we’re really hoping to narrow that gap as much as we can, particularly when there are concerns like air quality and potential evacuations to share,” said Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Chamise Kramer.

Information currently available in Spanish on the website includes the daily summary information for all of the fires, as well as directions for properly wearing an N-95 mask, explanations for the three evacuation levels, and what different Air Quality Indices (AQI) mean.

The contact information for the JIC is: