Latest Fire Information

, Posted: Thu, August 8 2013 at 12:49 PM, Updated: Sun, January 26 2014 at 3:24 PM

Last updated 9:32am August 9, 2013

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The Douglas Complex is at 44,045 acres and 32% containment. This complex is located West & South of Glendale, Oregon.

  • Current evacuations for Douglas Complex:
    • (Level 2) Grave Creek bridge to Lower Grave Creek Road/Lower Wolf Creek Road
    • (Level 1) Lower Wolf Creek Road to Water Tank Drainage on Lower Wolf Creek Road
    • (Level 3) Lower Cow Creek Rd
    • (Level 2) McCullough Creek Road
    • (Level 3) Rattlesnake Creek Road
    • Poorman Creek Road
    • (Level 2) Reuben Road
    • (Level 2) Mt. Reuben Road
  • Current road closures for Douglas Complex:
    • (Level 3) Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire
    • (Level 2) Grave Creek Bridge
    • (Level 3) Water Tank Drainage
    • (Level 1) Lower Wolf Creek Road from the town of Wolf Creek to the Water Tank drainage
    • (Level 3) Lower Cow Creek Road
    • (Level 2) McCullough Creek Road
    • (Level 3) Union Creek Road
    • (Level 3) West Fork Road
    • (Level 2) Reuben Road
    • (Level 2) Mt. Reuben Road
  • Approximately 400 homes threatened which could possibly force further evacuations.

The Whiskey Complex is at 10,656 acres and 40% containment. This complex is approximately 6 miles east of Tiller, Oregon.

  • Current evacuations for Whiskey Complex:
    • (Level 3) evacuation put in place for the Ash Valley area and recreational sites around South Umpqua Falls

The Brimstone fire is at 2,372 acres and 100% containment. The Brimstone Fire was declared contained late Monday, Aug. 5. Roads will continue to be restricted during mop-up. This fire is 10 miles northwest of Merlin, Oregon.

  • The Brimstone fire is northwest of Merlin and is being managed by an ODF Type 2 Team.
  • Current Road Closures for the Brimstone fire:
    • Hog Creek Road
    • Quartz Creek Road
    • Angora Creek Road

The Big Windy Complex is at 14,364 acres and 10% containment. This complex is approximately 13 miles northwest of Merlin.

  • The Big Windy Complex is managed by an ODF Type 1 Team.
  • Current Road Closures for the Big Windy:
    • Bear Camp Road
    • Burnt Ridge Road
    • The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Graves Creek to Mule Creek. Rafting and boating of any kind is prohibited in this area.
    • Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to the Rogue River Ranch is temporarily closed

The Labrador fire is at 2,020 acres and 0% containment. This fire is approximately 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction.

  • Current evacuations for the Labrador fire:
    • Level 2 evacuations or “advisory evacuation” on Oak Flat and Brushy Bar.
    • Level 1 evacuations from Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch expanded to McGwire Gulch
  • Current Road Closures for the Labrador fire:
    • Illinois River Road

Approximately 105 homes have been evacuated throughout all of the wildfires in Josephine and Douglas Counties.


Evacuation information:

Citizens can evacuate to Glendale Elementary School or Josephine County Fairgrounds:

  • Glendale Elementary School is located at 100 Pacific Avenue in Glendale. Closed
  • Josephine County Fairgrounds is located at 1451 Fairgrounds Road in Grants Pass. Closed

For more information, call Red Cross at 888-680-1455.

Officials have received reports of individuals attempting to go door to door and evacuate citizens in areas which are NOT being evacuated. In the event that you need to evacuate, a uniformed official will notify you in person. If anyone not in uniform orders you to evacuate from an area, gather as much information about the individual as possible including vehicle info and report it to your local law enforcement.

Evacuation & road closure level information:

Level 3: Current conditions present specific and immediate threats to the life and safety of persons within this area. YOU ARE ADVISED TO EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. Roads will be closed to homeowners and general public. If you leave the area, you will not be allowed to re-enter the area.

Level 2: An evacuation advisory has been issued for this area. Conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with the approaching fire(s) will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection. Dangerous conditions exist that may threaten your residence or business. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Roads are open to homeowners within the closed area. Roads are closed to the general public. If you live in the are and leave the area, you will be allowed to re-enter the area.

Level 1: A level 1 evacuation is simply a notification stating the threat to the homes is possible and if hazards increase, an evacuation will be necessary.


General fire information phone numbers:

For questions about the road closures, evacuations or fire information

  • Josephine County: (541) 474-5305 - Open 7am to 9pm every day until further notice
  • Douglas County: (541) 832-0136 - Open 8am to 9:30pm every day until further notice
  • Joint Information Center (Info on ANY fire in Southern Oregon): (541) 471-6620 - Open 7am - 9pm every day until further notice

Air Quality Index Rating for Southern Oregon (Updated 15 minutes after every hour)

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A Q R GOOD MODERATE U F S G UNHEALTHY VERY UNHEALTHY HAZARDOUS
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is the EPA's scale for rating air quality
UFSG = UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS
Air Quality Index Levels of Health ConcernNumerical ValueMeaning
Good 0 to 50 Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk
Moderate 51 to 100 Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 101 to 150 Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
Unhealthy 151 to 200 Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
Very Unhealthy 201 to 300 Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Hazardous 301 to 500 Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects

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