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Natchez 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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Incident Contact

Natchez Fire Information
Phone: 503-867-7959
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

10/07/2018 FINAL Natchez Fire Update - Oct. 7
A Type 4 Incident Management Team will take command of the fire on Tuesday, October 9th. This will be the final Natchez Fire Update unless conditions change. The Fire Information Phone and email...
News - 10/07/2018

The Natchez Fire was started by lightning on July 15, 2018. The fire is located just south of the Oregon/California border, between Happy Camp, Ca. and Cave Junction, Or.

On September 17, at 0600, management of the Natchez Fire was assumed by a local Klamath National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team. Ed Willy is the Incident Commander of the Klamath National Forest Type 3 IMT.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 06:30 PM
Location8 miles NW of Happy Camp, CA and 15 miles SE of Cave Junction, OR
Incident CommanderDuane Franklin, Klamath Team 2
Incident DescriptionStrategy: Full Suppression (100%)
Coordinates41.956 latitude, -123.551 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel25
Size38,134 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained89%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The majority of fuel is Timber Understory with mixed conifers and hardwoods, Timber Litter with short and long needles and hardwood litter, and Brush with a mixture of ceanothus, manzanita, and oak species. Heavy fuels and live woody fuels are critically dry.

Significant Events

Minimal creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Finish repair of constructed dozer lines and level 1 roads. Continue road repair on fire affected road systems. Monitor fire in Young's Valley.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Wide spread rain over the fire area has prohibited fire spread and smoke production has been significantly reduced.

24 hours: Cooler conditions and potential rain over the fire area will prohibit fire spread.

48 hours: Although mostly clear skies and relatively dry weather is expected over the fire area, very wet fuels will prohibit fire spread.

72 hours: Although mostly clear skies and relatively dry weather is expected over the fire area, very wet fuels will prohibit fire spread.



4,471 acres in PNW, 33,471 acres on the Klamath N.F, and 192 acres on the Six Rivers N.F.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Widespread precipitation Friday was expected to continue throughout the night. Rain could produce dangerous conditions on the roads and possible debris flow.