Published Sunday, September 4, 2022, 1130 PT
The RUM CREEK FIRE continues to burn 12 miles northwest of Hugo, Oregon.
Fire behavior is observed as active with uphill runs, flanking, and backing.
However, good news is breaking out all over the Fire Command increased humidity over the last few days assist ground resources with increasing their containment status to twenty-seven percent.
Structures are still being threatened and evacuation orders are in effect.
Today, 18,966 total acres have been burned.
The fire ignited on August 21, 2022, around 0600 from a lightning strike.
Fire Command is in Unified Command with NWIMT13 Gales, ODF Team 1 Hessel, and OSFM Blue Team, Magers.
There are about 2,098 total fire personnel along with 54 crews, 137 engines, and 25 helicopters.
Rural Metro Fire – Josephine County: Pic: REM-1 staged on Peavine Road.
Aurora Fire District: “As of this morning, fire lines have held through the cold front. Fire has burned 18,385 acres and is 17% contained. The photo below is from the crew sent them of the fire.” – 9/3/2022 1708 PT
Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One: “Update from one of our Wildland Structure Protection Specialists deployed to assist on the fire in Southern Oregon. As the fire threatened structures, our assignment was to protect the Smullin Visitor Center in Rand on the Rogue River. We cleared the brush around the structure, installed sprinklers, and wrapped some buildings. The pictured is a historic boat house building in the 1930s. We also worked with agency resources advisors to help plan out what we need to protect and what has historical significance.” – 9/2/2022 1357 PT
OR State Fire Marshal
OR National Guard: “Oregon National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are helping fight the Rum Creek Fire in Josephine County that has burned approximately 17,000 acres and, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, is now 12% contained.
Fifty-one guard members have been helping with the safety and security of the area, manning road closure points since Monday, Aug. 29, in the Merlin area.
Additionally, the guard has dispatched an HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with medical lift capabilities and crew to the Medford Airport to help if any firefighters or support staff become critically injured and need rapid transport for medical treatment.” – OR National Guard.” – 9/3/2022 0932 PT.
Photo Credits: Maj. W. Chris Clyne, OR National Guard Public Affairs
Central OR Task Force 26: “Central OR Task Force-26 has been deployed to the fire for the last week. After lots of hard work conducting burnout operations and structure protection, our resources are being released to come this afternoon.” – Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, 9/4/2022 1030 PT
Task Force Members:
Bend Fire & Rescue
Redmond Fire & Rescue
Jefferson County Fire District #1
Alfalfa Fire & Rescue
Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue
Photos Credit: Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District
Rum Creek Fire Command
Clackamas Fire: “Overnight on Aug. 27, firefighters from Clackamas Fire were requested to deploy to the fire incident. The OR Office of State Fire Marshal mobilized 4 task forces from Clackamas, Douglas, Lincoln, and Linn Counties, and an Incident Management Team. These resources are tasked with protecting lives and structures. In total, 53 firefighters, 16 engines, and 4 water tenders mobilized to the fire. The fire is currently estimated to be 4,700 acres.” – 8/27/2022, 0952 PT
Photo Credits: Rum Creek Fire
Douglas County Fire District #2: “Task Force 15 headed out this morning to the Rum Creek Fire outside of Merlin. Crews from Riddle Fire, @ndcfems, @sutherlinfd, and @douglascountyfiredistrict2. @dcfirefighters2091” 8/27/2022 1516 PT
Three structures have been lost.
Cost-to-date: $28.6 Million.
One firefighter fatality.
Hashtags being used are #RumCreekFire #ORwildfires2022
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