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Gopher Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Deb MacLean
Phone: 541-690-8713
Hours: 8am-8pm

Highlighted Activity

09/16/2019 Gopher Fire News Release 9/16/2019
September 16, 2019 Gopher Fire Staffing Begins Transition Thanks to Hard Work and Weather PROSPECT, OR – Containment on the Gopher Fire is up to 40% and remains at 354 acres. Hard work and the...
News - 09/16/2019

The Gopher Fire is located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, approximately 11 miles east of Prospect. The fire is the result of 5 small fires that burned together after the lightning storm that moved through the area September 5th. The fire is burning within the perimeter of the 2008 Middle Fork Fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday September 05th, 2019 approx. 07:15 PM
Location11 miles east of Prospect, OR
Incident CommanderAaron Schuh
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates42.715 latitude, -122.255 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel366
Size354 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Large diameter down wood, abundant snags, jackstraw concentration of downed trees and brush/reproduction in the 2008 fire scar of the Middle Fork Fire.

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, smoldering.

Fire behavior has been reduced to isolated pockets of smoldering duff and ground fuels. Heavy fuels, burning snags, and jack-straw concentrations continue to retain heat and limited smoke production. Cool showery pattern expected to persist for the next several days.


Planned Actions

Scout for opportunities to go direct. Hot Spotting and cold trailing existing fire edge.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Fire area is currently receiving rain. Fire behavior will be further reduced to isolated smoldering duff pockets under the timber canopy, and in-place consumption of heavy fuels.

24 hours:

Numerous rain showers through the day. Reduced smoldering, continuing consumption of isolated heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes).

48 hours:

Continuing rain showers, and cooler temperatures will reduce fire activity to widely scattered heavy fuels that will retain heat until consumed or extinguished by additional moisture. Decreased increase in smoke production across the fire due to wet conditions.


Fire is 4 miles from private property.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

An unseasonably cool trough of low pressure will remain over the area promoting relatively high RH values and shower activity Monday.

A second cold front will move across the fire area late on Tuesday for another round of wetting rain. Residual moisture and cooler temperatures and shower activity will persist into mid week.