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Shan Creek Fire

Unit Information

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504

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​Current Situation: The lightning-caused Shan Creek Fire was initially reported the evening of Thursday, August 10th. The fire is burning roughly 10 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest System Lands.

Due to diligent initial attack efforts by local first responders and favorable weather conditions the fire is now 85% contained. The estimated size of the fire has decreased to a more accurate area of 156 acres. Command of the Shan Creek fire transitioned to a Type 3 Incident Management organization on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 6:00 AM.

The dramatic decrease in the size of the fire is attributed the ability to hike around the entire perimeter of the fire and more accurate mapping. Interior hot spots will continue to smoke as crews continue mop up of the fire. A hose lay around the fire will support suppression efforts there until crews finish securing the line.

Smoke from the Shan Creek Fire as well as other fires burning in southern Oregon will continue to impact the area. The local community can keep up to date with the air quality in the area, and state, by checking:

Weather: Slightly cooler temperatures today will be accompanied by a northeast wind, then a return to hot and dry conditions is predicted.

Safety: Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft, also known as UAS, “drones,” or remote controlled model aircraft, in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. For more information about drone regulations, visit

Please use caution when driving in areas impacted by wildfire. Hazards include; oversized vehicles on narrow roads, limited visibility from smoke and falling debris on steep slopes.

Closures: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the Shan Creek Fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 10th, 2017 approx. 07:13 PM
Location10 miles W of Grants Pass, OR
Incident CommanderRocky Mountain Team Black (Greer)
Coordinates42.452 latitude, -123.554 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel180
Size156 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Fuels Involved

Timber, Medium Logging Slash

Significant Events

Isolated heat along Shan Creek with minimal spread and observed creeping and smoldering fire behavior.


Planned Actions

Continue direct suppression tactics where probability of success is high and safety concerns have been mitigated. Continue to use aerial suppression resources to support the direct attack, slow fire spread, and minimize fire growth.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued hot and dry weather, low relative humidity and moderate overnight recoveries.