Fire Update for Umpqua National Forest

Release Date: Aug 12, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Emily Veale, (541) 670-5289, Email: UmpquaFireInfo@gmail.com

10:30 am

Current Situation: Active fire behavior on fires located on the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake ranger districts prompted officials to initiate Level 1 “Ready” and Level 2 “Set” evacuations in the Dry Creek and Moore Hill areas. A Type 1 Interagency Management Team (Kurth) will be arriving Sunday to assume command of the Umpqua North Complex which will include multiple fires on the Diamond Lake and North Umpqua ranger districts. The Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (Keith) is still managing the Falcon Complex on the Tiller Ranger District.

There are 75 active wildfires on the forest with an additional 52 smoke reports. Limited firefighting resources continue to be fluid between fires which have been contained to those that need support. There are fires which remain unstaffed. Fire managers have prioritized each fire with those near residences and private property having the highest priority. They also appreciate the assistance from partners such as Douglas Forest Protective Association in fire detection and fire suppression support. Additional smoke reports are anticipated through the weekend.

Fire Resources:

  • 13 Fire Crews
  • 15 Engines
  • 1 Type 2 Helicopter
  • 3 Bulldozers
  • 8 Water Tenders

Weather: Slightly cooler temperatures with the potential for gusty winds in the afternoon.

Evacuations/Closures:

  • Tiller Ranger District: The closed roads consist of National Forest Road No. 29 and all spur roads. Road Closure information and can be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices
  • North Umpqua Ranger District: Residents living on Moore Hill Lane in Idleyd Park were upgraded to a Level 2 “Set” evacuation notice by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office due significant wildfire danger in the area. Level 2 means residents must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. The communities in the Dry Creek area remain at a Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Community Meetings: Cal Team 3 is holding a community meeting about the fire in Crater Lake National Park on Sunday, August 13th at 6 pm at the Diamond Lake Amphitheater. District Ranger Jimmy Tyree will also update on the Umpqua’s wildfire situation.

Road Information: Current road information for Highway 138 can be found on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Tripcheck Website.

Public Use Restrictions: Smoking permitted only inside a vehicle or building or in a boat on water. Campfires permitted only in fire rings in designated campgrounds. List of Public Use Restrictions dated 8/11/2017 available at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd554660.pdf

With the additional firefighting resources working across the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts there will be high levels of traffic moving across the forest and on Highway 138. We ask that the public be aware of road conditions taking care and to plan additional driving time. To maintain safety for all please do not stop along roadways to view wildfires or wildfire operations.