MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022, 1900 HOURS PT
Incident Summary – The RUM CREEK FIRE is located 12 miles NW of Hugo and five miles NW of Galice, Oregon on BLM lands in the Medford District, along the Rogue River. Fire behavior remains active with backing, flanking, and group torching.
>>> RUM CREEK FIRE COMMUNITY MEETING – Tuesday, August 30th @ 1800 hours PT >>>
There have been 10,709 acres scorched with a 1% containment status.
Fire Resources and Heavy Equipment
It is under the command of IC Gales, with the NW IMT Team 13.
About 916 total personnel along with 25 crews, 58 engines, and four helicopters are assigned to this incident.
Some of the Incident Cooperators working and supporting this incident are the following agencies and organizations: ODF, BLM, Medford District, Grants Pass Fire Rescue, OR DOF IMT, ORFMO, Josephine County SO/EMA/Government, Rural Metro Fire -Josephine County, Grass Valley Firefighters, National Weather Service (US National agency), 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field (20 airmen), Clackamas Fire, Douglas County (OR) Fire District 2, Lincoln County Fire, Linn County FD, BLM, DEQ, Metro Fire of Sacramento (OES Type 3 STrike Team), Oregon Smoke Info, West Sacramento Fire, Cosumnes FD, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Inciweb and Governor Kate Brown.
Evacuations are in Effect – Evacuations orders are announced on the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and the Josephine Co. Emergency Management – Get Ready Rogue Facebook pages, but we will publish details on this page –
Josephine County Emergency Management – Josephine Co. Emergency Management – Get Ready Rogue
Josephine County Sherriff’s Office – Josephine County Sheriff’s Office
Fire Contact Information and Phone Numbers – Wildfire Operations Contact Information – 541-414-3278 or 541-625-0849.
Four structures have been reported as lost.
Today’s cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment costs have reached a whopping $8.9 Million Dollars.
Cause of the Fire – The fire was sparked by lightning on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, around noon (1200 hours PT).
Fire Operations – Fire Officials say, “Planned actions include the future integration of the OR Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office in the very near future. will be integrated into the operational plan. Resources will continue to point protect, keeping fire adversity impacting burning into Galice and adjacent communities. Continue to inventory and develop structure protection plans beyond primary areas. Reestablish Primary, Alternate, Contingency (PACE) lines for those that the fire has moved beyond while continuing with other operational investments that have been made to the west.
Aviation will be utilized as conditions allow the slow progression and to keep the fire from impacting communities. On the West side of the fire, hotshot crews will work to continue implementing a critical hand line to the Rouge River. Logistically, portions of this operation will be supported by local outfitters for the transportation into the Rouge River.”
On August 27, 2022, Oregon Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in order to make additional state resources available for fire resources. This includes local, state, and federal fire agencies. Additionally, on August 26th, she ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a firefighter who died in the line of duty while fiercely engaging in the wildfire. A tree fell upon him, making him the second firefighter to be killed within a few weeks after each incident.
Through the Eyes of Social Media – For those who live near or far from the RUM CREEK FIRE, this is what is being said on the internet by those who are currently reporting or being impacted by this wildfire.
“Fire is about 13 miles away from us. Be prepared. The smoke is unbearable and filling our skies around us.” – Generic post.
“Dispatching for the Rum Creek Fire on 8/28/2022, for a consecutive 14-day operational period of 14-hour shifts.” – Wildland Fire Dispatcher.
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