Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Springfield, OR 97477
August 16, 2017 UPDATE
Fire Information: 541-937-5219
Acres Burned: 2581 acres
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: FS Rd 18, campgrounds, Forest Roads
Water Tenders: 7
Aircraft: 1 air attack
Total personnel: 463
Jones Fire Public Meeting: Wednesday August 16, 2017 6:00 p.m. at Lowell Fire Hall
Incident Summary:The Jones Fire is currently burning approximately ten miles north east of the town of Lowell, Oregon, in heavy timber. The fire was reported to have started at approximately 6:51 pm on August 10, 2017. The fire is burning north of forest road 18 and east of the Springfield/Eugene metro area. Burning in parts of the 2003 Clark Fire, the fire scar contains numerous snags (standing dead trees) that present dangerous falling hazards. Fire crews have been challenged by steep terrain, unimproved roads, and limited accessibility to the fire lines.
Today’s Actions: Public and firefighter safety remain the top priority. The containment strategy uses a mix of natural features, roads, dozer lines, and hand lines to control the fire’s spread. On the fire’s northern flank, the fire has been staying within established control lines on the USFS 1817 road. To the south, the fire is slowly backing down containment lines on roads and along Fall Creek to USFS Road 18 and the Fall Creek Trail. Containment lines from the Clark Fire have slowed fire growth to the west. Fire managers are scouting for suitable containment opportunities in the fire’s northeast quadrant. Helicopters will continue to be used to slow the fire’s spread.
Weather Outlook: Forecasters expect today and tomorrow’s weather to be hotter and drier. Temperatures may climb one to two degrees and afternoon winds may pick up. Northwest winds 7-12 mph with gusts up to 20 mph on the ridge tops may increase afternoon fire behavior.
Closures: Campgrounds closures: Dolly Varden (5 sites), Broken Bowl (16 sites), Big Pool (5 sites), Clark Creek Organizational Camp (5 bunkhouses), Bedrock (22 sites) and Puma Creek (11 sites)
Trail Closure: Fall Creek National Recreation Trail, Johnny Creek
Area closures: Cowhorn Mountain Lookout, Tall Trees Old Growth Grove
Road Closures: 18 road and 1800 roads 1806, 1817, 1818, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834
Resources at Risk: High value forest service, private land inholdings and private industrial forest lands.
Cooperating Agencies: United States Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Transportation, Army Corp of Engineers, and Oregon State Parks.