Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Springfield, OR 97477
Middle Fork Ranger District
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM
A public meeting has been scheduled for September 13, 2017 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lowell Rural Fire District Fire Station located at 389 North Pioneer St., Lowell, OR 97452. This will be an opportunity for the public to hear the latest fire information and ask questions about the Jones Fire.
The existing Jones Fire Base Camp, located in the Lowell Sate Park, will finish moving today. The new Fire Camp will be located at the Dexter State Recreation Site. Access and use of the popular South Bank Fishing Area will be closed. The closure point will be at the existing entrance to the Dexter State Recreation Site off of State Highway 58. We would like to remind the public to expect the addition fire traffic congestion in this area. The Team does appreciate the public support for the firefighting efforts and partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation and the surrounding communities.
As a result of hotter and drier weather experienced on the fire, the southeast corner of the fire has remained active over the past few days. Actions yesterday included numerous helicopter water drops on the active fire areas in the southeast and the preparation of contingency line in that area.
Today’s cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity values will assist our fire efforts. Portions of the fire on the south and west side are in patrol and monitor status. Forest Road 1825 and containment lines to the east along Forest Road 242 will continue to be enhanced with their preparation work of hazard tree removal, brushing, hose lays, and water drops.
This dry period is expected to be short-lived as a strong Pacific storm moves into the region Sunday evening. This system will bring cooler weather and widespread wetting rains for much of Western Oregon.