Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson
Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Management Blue Team, Incident Commander, Scott Magers
September 15, 2020 – 9:00 PM
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 Jackson County Emergency Management Office at (541) 776-7338 for further fire information. Current situation Solid work by fire fighters combined with favorable weather conditions the past few days helped turn the corner on the fires growth. A complete line surrounds the fire which still requires much needed improvement to be considered contained. The majority of the fire is in mop up and patrol status with the eastern edge being the exception. A small spot fire of one acre was extinguished with helicopter bucket work and ground crews aggressive suppression action. A task force of structural engines with the Oregon State Fire Marshal continues to patrol along the Butte Falls Highway and Butte Falls providing point protection. Firefighters continue to mitigate the many hazards associated with firefighting such as, danger trees, extreme fire behavior, driving on unimproved roads, working around heavy equipment and working around aircraft. Acreage: 32,513 Containment: 25% Cause: Under investigation Fire Information: (541) 776-7338 E-mail: SouthObenchainFire@gmail.com Information Websites: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthObenchainFire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7185 Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com Evacuations: Evacuations orders are in place to protect the public and the firefighters that are working to control the fire. Please adhere to the evacuation level issued for your area. See the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office website for a full description of the evacuation levels. Link is below. https://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/News/evacuation-levels-issued Donations: Donations to help individuals and families that have been displaced by the Almeda and South Obenchain Fires can visit Accesshelp.org. ACCESS provides food, warmth, shelter, and other essential services to Jackson County’s low-income children, families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon. ACCESS has been helping residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. Last year, 52,497 people received assistance from ACCESS’s broad continuum of services, including obtaining safe, affordable housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, weatherization, free loaned durable medical equipment and healthy food. https://www.accesshelps.org/
Shelter Location: The evacuation shelter is located at the Jackson County Expo Center, 1 Penninger Rd. in Central Point, Oregon where care and services are available such as food, medical care, bathrooms and showers. Weather: Warmer and dryer, highs 80-82, low humidity near 15% with afternoon, winds west to southwest changing to upslope/up valley. There is no mention of precipitation in the next two days. Smoke is also expected to linger over the region, at least until Thursday. Resources-915: 1-type 1 hand crew, 1-type 2 initial attack crew, 23-type 2 crews, 3- light helicopters, 5-medium helicopters, 4- heavy helicopters, 43-engines, 31-dozers, 34-water tenders and 4-skidgens. 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. If you fly, we can’t. The entire air operation must be shut down until the air space is reported clear. Closure: The Bureau of Land Management has closed public lands in and near the South Obenchain Fire to all forms of public access. In addition, the Medford District has temporarily closed all Bureau of Land Management-administered public lands south of Grants Pass, Interstate 5, and U.S. Route 199 to the border of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. To View Closure Order and map:https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions or call 818-975-0419 for more information about the closure.