Fire Information: As of Friday, July 30, the Jack Fire has burned 22,491 acres and is 62 percent contained. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain that is difficult to access, and it continues to be a challenge for firefighting operations.
Current fire behavior is most active south of Hwy 138 in the east, southeast, and south flank of the fire. Crews there are conducting firefighting operations as conditions allow, including at the 4770 road, on the 28 road, along the 530 road to Twin Lakes, and near Calf Creek. If burn operations occur, please be aware that smoke may be visible to the public. North of Hwy 138, firefighters are successfully holding the control lines and continuing mop-up, patrol, and monitoring activities on the northeast, north, and west perimeters of the fire.
Other small fires have ignited in a remote location in the Canton Creek Roadless Area, approximately 10 miles north of the Jack Fire. These fires are associated with lightning storms that recently passed through the area. Initial attack crews, made up of firefighters from both the Jack Fire organization and the Umpqua National Forest, are evaluating these new starts and actively working to suppress them. Additional resources have been ordered to manage these new developments.
Note that a RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for Friday due to extreme heat and low relative humidity with a 30 percent chance for dry thunderstorms over the fire. Concern is for firefighter safety, new fire starts, erratic winds near thunder cells, and potential for unpredictable fire behavior.
Structures: Firefighter presence continues within Dry Creek patrolling and monitoring the area.
Aviation: Air support consists of two heavy Type I helicopters with buckets, one heavy Type I helicopter with a tank, and one light Type III. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been established over the Jack Fire to protect aircraft working on firefighting operations. All unauthorized aircraft, including drones, are prohibited from flying over the fire, as they can interfere with authorized air support operations. Please do not use drones or any other restricted aircraft listed near the fire as it is a federal crime.
Safety: Our primary mission continues to be managing wildfires, taking care of the community, and meeting the objectives identified by the agency administrators. Be advised to watch out for heat-related illness on Friday due to excessive heat conditions. Additionally, protecting the community and our firefighters from contagious diseases, such as COVID-19, is also a priority. COVID precautions and procedures have been implemented to ensure the safety and health of all fire personnel and the community we serve. Our staff will be continually monitored to ensure protection measures are effective and in alignment with the primary objectives of protection from wildfire.
Safety on Hwy 138: At this time, Hwy 138 remains open. Be aware there are possible speed limit changes and increased traffic due to fire personnel. Please follow the posted speed limit for your safety and the safety of firefighters.
Closures: The Umpqua National Forest currently has closed certain areas within the national forest for the safety of the public. The full closure order and map can be viewed at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua and on the Jack Fire Facebook page.
Evacuations: As designated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the current evacuation levels remain the same. A current evacuation map can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations
Weather: The Red Flag Warning remains in effect through today (Friday) due to extreme high temperatures, low relative humidity, and the potential for dry lightning and gusty winds. Thursday’s temperatures were in the mid-90s in lower elevations, with 101°F recorded in Roan Meadows. Incident meteorologists forecast similar weather for today, with temperatures around 95°F and relative humidity at 20 to 25 percent. There is a 30 percent chance of scattered dry thunderstorms and erratic wind gusts. Outside of the storms, afternoon winds will be mainly terrain-driven out of the northwest to north at 6 to 8 mph and gusts up to 15 mph. Weather conditions are expected to stabilize beginning on Saturday, with lower temperatures, cloud cover, and scattered showers predicted through Tuesday of next week.
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Fire size: 22,491 acres
Location: 20 miles east of Glide, OR
Containment: 62 percent
Cause: Under investigation
Date of Ignition: 7/5/2021
Structures Threatened: 243
Aircraft: 4 Dozer: 6 Engine: 24