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South Obenchain Fire

Unit Information

Medford District
Bureau of Land Management

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Incident Contacts

Jackson County Emergency Management Office
Phone: (541) 776-7338

Wildfire Informatin Center
Phone: 4582064043
Hours: 8 am- 8 pm

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The South Obenchain Fire is burning in Jackson County. The fire was reported September 8, 2020 at 1:59 pm.  The fire cause remains under investigation.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 01:59 AM
Location5 miles east of Eagle Point, Oregon
Incident CommanderKiefer
Coordinates42.467 latitude, -122.683 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel393
Size32,671 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Medium Logging Slash

Expecting lower intensity activity for another shift or two before another high pressure system sets in

with warm and dry conditions.

Significant Events

Observed activity includes smoldering fuels in the duff/pine layer, cigar-like burning of large diameter fuels, and stump holes consuming.


Planned Actions

Hold, secure and mop-up existing lines. Provide point protection. Suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hour: Low fire potential anticipated over this time period.

24 hour: Red flag warning in effect Sunday night to 8pm Monday for gusty east winds. Low daytime humidity and poor overnight humidity recoveries.

48 hour: Expect continued moderate to poor recoveries on area ridges and dry daytime humidities along with very warm temperatures across the area into next weekend.

+72 hour: Expect continued moderate to poor recoveries on area ridges and dry daytime humidities along with very warm temperatures across the area into next weekend.


Evacuation levels have been eliminated except for a Level 1 in the eastern end of the fire area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire weather environment will change rapidly from tonight into Monday, drying out and becoming breezy with critical fire weather conditions expected Sunday night through Monday. Humidity will trend lower by about 30 percent Sunday compared to Saturday and winds will be increasing om the east and northeast in the afternoon, especially on the eastern

sections of the fire. Humidity recoveries on the higher elevations of the fire

above 2000 feet will be poor Sunday night with better humidity recoveries in the valleys. Monday will be a hot and dry day with temperatures 10 degrees above normal, humidity in the single digits at times, and gusty east to southeast winds. Winds will trend lower Tuesday afternoon compared to Monday afternoon, but the hot and dry conditions with poor ridgetop overnight humidity recoveries will continue through the week.