South Obenchain Fire Update
Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson
September 24, 2020
Fire updates will be provided once daily
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.
Rain was received throughout the Rogue Valley. This small amount of precipitation has not significantly reduced the fire danger. All fuels remain at critically dry levels. Patrols are still finding illegal abandoned campfires. All recreation visitors are reminded campfires are illegal at this time.
Wildfire Information Center: (458) 206-3043
Jackson County Emergency Management: (541) 776-7338
Wildfire Information Center: https://southwestoregonwildfireinformation.blogspot.com/
Air Quality: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Cause: Under investigation
Current situation: Visible flames and smoke will persist within the fire perimeter until a season-ending rain or snow event. Only call 911 if flames are actively spreading and life or property are threatened. Please provide a specific address or location for firefighters to respond.
Crews are continuing to work on mopping up along containment lines, patrolling for smokes in the interior and mitigating and rehabbing fire suppression actions. Many of these crews will be winding down their assignment here and demobilizing to leave for other incidents or headed home for well-earned rest.
There will still be firefighters present and working throughout the area and near roadways which should elicit caution from the public.
Resource Advisors are working with the repair group and continue to make good progress cleaning up dozer lines, repairing fencing, installing water bars, or ways to impede the flow of water down trails. and completing other suppression repairs. These measures will be important as the fall rains come.
The Northwest Incident Management Team 8 will be transitioning to the Northeast Washington Team 2 Saturday September 26, 2020 at 7 am.
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Evacuations: Portions of the evacuations levels have been reduced in some areas from a level 2 to a level 1. The Jackson County Sheriffs’ Office has removed the countywide level 1.
Please view the following web pages for the most current evacuation maps:
Jackson County Emergency Management:
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office:
Shelter Location: The evacuation shelter remains 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: Cooler temperatures expected today and into Friday. Daytime high over the fire mid 60s to low 70s, partly cloudy, light west winds, 5-7 mph. Overnight temperatures in the 40s, winds increasing slightly to 10 mph by Friday. The chance of precipitation decreases on Friday.
Resources-783: 2-type 2 initial attack crews, 25-type 2 crews, 1- light helicopter, 2-medium helicopters, 36-engines, 10-dozers, 13-water tenders and 4-skidgens.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: The footprint of the TFR has reduced in size and height. It remains in place for the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting the South Obenchain fire. Please consult the Notice to Airman for specifics.
Closure: The Bureau of Land Management Medford District has temporarily closed many areas of public lands to support fire suppression efforts and to prevent new starts.
Maps of the closure areas are available on the Bureau of Land Management’s website: http://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions