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South Obenchain Fire

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

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Phone: 4582064043
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South Obenchain Fire Update 20200911 AM

South Obenchain Fire Wildfire
News – 9/11/2020

South Obenchain Fire Update


Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson

Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Management Blue Team, Incident Commander, Scott Magers

September 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, and Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Management Blue Team, Incident Commander Scott Magers, are in unified command, in management of the South Obenchain Fire. The incident command post is located at the Scenic Middle School in Central Point and a base camp is located at the Jackson County Expo Park. The life and safety of the public and all wildland fire responders is always the number one priority for all fire agencies.  To keep firefighters and communities healthy and safe, all firefighters are asked to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the spread of illness.  This also includes limited entry into the incident command post and base camp.  Please see the websites below or contact the South Obenchain Fire information center at Jackson County Emergency Management Office at (541) 776-7338 for further fire information. General Updates: The South Obenchain Fire was very active yesterday making a major push towards Butte Falls.  The fire burned to Star Lake Reservoir and just above the Salt Creek Road. Residence from the Butte Falls area are under a Level 3 evacuation. The smoke created visibility issues and aircraft were only able to fly intermittently. The southwest perimeter is holding. Crews chased a few spots over the created fireline.  The northern tip of the fire is in the Indian Creek area.  An Interagency Hotshot Crew is assigned to this area and is working to tie this section of line together.  A large spot fire is burning at the junction of Derby Creek Road and Crowfoot Road. Structure protection is in place.  Today, firefighters will continue to hold all fire lines, scout for anchors to begin new line construction, and provide point protection to infrastructure. An unmanned aircraft (UAS) was reported over the fire area.  If you fly, we can’t.  The entire air operation must be shut down until the air space is reported clear. Acreage: 23,150 Containment: 0% Cause: Under investigation Fire Information:  (541) 776-7338 E-mail: Information Websites: Facebook: South Obenchain Fire Inciweb: Air Quality:   Weather:  A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 8 PM this evening for unstable atmospheric conditions. High pressure will still be in control over the area.  Winds will trend lower and remain westerly around 3 to 5 mph.  Temperatures will be moderated due to a thick layer of smoke covering                                                                ~~~~~ more~~~~~   western Oregon to around 81 degrees with a relative humidity of 13%. Resources-331:  1-type 1 hand crew, 1-type 2 initial attack crew, 10-type 2 crews, 3- light helicopter, 3-medium helicopter, 3- heavy helicopter, 31-engines, 11-dozers, and 18-water tenders Evacuations: See the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office website for a full description of the evacuation levels. Link is below. Jackson County Emergency Management Website link is below. Shelter Location: Please go to the Jackson County Expo Center, 1 Penninger Rd. in Central Point, where there is food, medical care, bathroom and showers. Temporary Flight Restrictions: For the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting the South Obenchain Fire, a temporary flight restriction has been placed over the fire area.  Please consult the Notice to Airman for specifics   ###