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Jones Fire

Unit Information

Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Springfield, OR 97477

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Jones Fire Update August 17, 2017

Jones Fire Wildfire
News – 8/17/2017

FIRE STATUS
Acres Burned: 2703 acres
Cause: Lightning
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: FS Rd 18, campgrounds, Forest Roads
Evacuations: None
Containment: 10%
Injuries: 1

RESOURCES
Crews: 20
Engines:15
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 11
Helicopters: 2
Aircraft: 1 air attack
Total personnel: 574

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 p.m. on August 10, 2017. The fire is burning north of USFS 18 road 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.

Yesterday’s Fire Update: Dozers and hand crews completed control lines on the southeast and southwest portions of the fire. Night crews on the southeast portion of the fire were able to perform strategic firing operations along the control line to put a barrier between the approaching fire and the line. A public meeting was held in the evening at the Lowell Fire hall. Over 50 local residents attended and contributed to a very successful meeting.

Today’s Action: Public and firefighter safety remain the top priority. Heavy equipment and air resources will continue to assist firefighters in managing fire spread and installing control lines. To the north and northwest, the fire is held at USFS 1817 road, and mop-up actions are taking place. At the southwest boundary of the fire, crews are monitoring the fire as it approaches USFS 410 road and backs down the established containment lines towards USFS 18 road and the Fall Creek Trail. Dozers are clearing the USFS 406 and 407 roads to create an indirect control line to the northeast. In preparation for the eclipse, remember to have patience, be prepared to sit in traffic, be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area, have plenty of water, food, medication, and gas, and do not park in dry grass.

Weather Outlook: Today will have sunny skies with a shallow inversion lifting around noon, allowing for development of a smoke column. Temperatures will be in the mid 70’s to lower 80’s, and humidity values will drop into the upper 20’s to mid 30’s. Winds will mainly be terrain driven and less than 8 mph.

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.