CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. | Four wildfires are burning in separate areas under the GARNER COMPLEX FIRES on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s service area, which is being handled by the Grants Pass Unit.

UPDATE 1 | JULY 28, 2018 | 2030 HOURS PDT

Photo Credit |Prineville IHC


The fires are located about four miles east of Cave Junction, in Southern Oregon.

All four fires are burning in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.

“On July 26, 2018, there were about 2,500 firefighters on this incident alone and working to protect about 20,000 acres of fires.”

– OR State Treasurer Reed

Photo Credit | OR State Treasurer Reed


ODF IMT 1’s Cline to Hessel will transfer on Monday, July 30th.

“I’m doing everything in my power as Governor to make sure that all state resources are available to ensure that our crews on the ground have the tools that they need to fight this fire,”

– OR State Governor Kate Brown

Approximately, 2,637 personnel have been assigned along with 82 crews, 114 engines and 26 helicopters.

View of Taylor Fire from Robertson Bridge Road

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Some resources assigned to this incident represent the Eugene-Springfield FD, Coburg FD, McKenzie FD, Siuslaw FD and Roseburg Fire which was deployed as a second wildland fire Task Force originally on July 21, 2018.

How to Protect Your Health

* Keep windows and doors closed

* Run an air conditioner (if you have one) with the intake closed

* Run a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or an electro-static precipitator (ESP)

– OR Health Authority

Global SuperTanker have been tasked with drops and continue to assist as needed.

Night burnout operations in the Limpy Creek area, July 25.

Taken on July 25th | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb


Level 3 Evacuations (LEAVE NOW) were issued for the Taylor Creek area.

Taken on July 22nd of the Taylor Creek Fire| Photo Credit | ODF Southwest


Collectively, the fires have burned 25,097 acres of timber and medium logging slash. There has been a 27% containment status reached.

Garner Complex plume, Monday 7-23

Taken on July 23rd | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Fire behavior is active with short-crown runs, spotting and group torching.

One of the large fires within this Complex is the Taylor Creek fire, which has been reported as growing in the last 24 hours.  As a standalone fire, it has grown more than 3,600 acres.

July 22nd fire activity along W. Pickett Creek Road

Fire burns along Pickett Creek Roadon July 22nd | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Costs-to-date have reached a staggering total of $23.7 Million.


Looking over Grave #3 Fire 7-18-18

Looking over Grave #3 Fire on July 18th | Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Hashtags we are using are #KlondikeFire #NatchezFire #ORwildfires2018 #TaylorCreekFire


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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A wildfire is burning about nine miles northwest of Selma on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest primarily in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

Road 640 Safety Zone | Credit:  RRSNF

There were a reported 139 lightning strikes over the area which caused many wildfires.  This fire is one of many and also being managed by the NATCHEZ FIRE Incident Commander.


There are 356 personnel along with nine crews and 18 engines assigned.

The IMT 1 (Livingston) is also managing the NATCHEZ FIRE.

Some agencies that are assisting on this wildfire are:


Fire behavior is active with torching, spotting and uphill runs.

There has been 10,989 acres of timber, chaparral and hardwood litter destroyed.  A 5% containment status has been reached.

Fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have reached $1.2 Million.

Fire Fact

There are 23-plus uncontained incidents which includes three of them in the last 24-hours as new burning wildfires in the Northwest. Majority of these fires are in the State of Oregon.  – NIFC


Homes and other structures are under direct threat.


Level 3 (LEAVE NOW) Evacuations

Level 3 evacuation for the Oak Flat at the end of the Illinois River Road in Josephine County remains in effect.  This affects about 13 homes.


Forest Service Roads 4103, 4105, 2512 and 2402-676 are closed.



Hashtags include #KlondikeFire #ORwildfires2018 #OR #Wildfires

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Ashland, Oregon Wildfire | Hendrix Fire


UPDATE 1 – 7/21/2018 – 2230 PDT – A wildfire sparked by lightning ignited on Sunday, July 15, 2018, around 0830 hours PDT.  The fire was reported at 0930 hours to the RRSNF by the Dutchman Peak lookout.

It is located about nine miles southwest of Ashland, Oregon on the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest (Office in Medford), three air miles from Wagner Gap and 1.5-2milesfrom the small community of Dog Fork.  It is burning partly on private land and canopied forest lands.

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Photo Credit | USFS – Rogue River- Siskiyou NF

Initial fire attack activities included water bucket drops and air tankers dropping about 10,000 gallons of fire-retardant but it was agreed that it was ineffective as it was not reaching the ground.  This was due to the heavy forest canopy above.

Crews are currently fighting the fire from the ground up and on areas where most effective.

Fire has burned 947 acres of timber and medium logging slash.  Crews have gained a 15% containment status. Fire behavior remains active with single-tree torching.

There are currently 467 personnel assigned along with four hotshot crews, 10 hand crews, five helicopters, 16 engines, three bulldozers and seven on loan from Incident Cooperators, as well as seven water tenders.

Incident Cooperators include the City of Ashland, Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Sheriff Office, OR Department of Forestry and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Since July 17th when USFS IC R. Harrod (Type 2 IMT) and ODF IC John Buckman (Type 2 IMT) assumed command – helicopters have logged more than 50 flight hours and dropped 120,000 gallons of water over the fire line.

Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in effect for Hells Peak located southeast of Ruch.

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OR | Timber Crater 6 Fire

OREGON–  UPDATE 1 — 7/20/2018 (Friday) – 2230 PDT

This wildfire is being managed by the Northwest IMT Team 9, which is one of many managing different wildfires.  The team assumed command of this wildfire on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 0600 hours PDT.

This fire was caused by lightning which were about 136 strikes in and outside of the National Park.  This is one of several fires burning in a remote corner of the Crater Lakes National Park about 20 miles southwest of Chemult in Oregon.  The lightning sparked multiple fires on July 15, 2018.

Fire behavior is active with group torching, short crown runs and spotting.

There have been 350 acres destroyed.  There is a 0% containment status.

About 19 personnel along with three helicopters assigned to this incident.  Fire Officials acknowledge due to the numerous amount of wildfires in this area and across the State – staffing is a little on the strained side.  Fire Managers are making sure the safety of its fire personnel along with equipment are being protected and all precautions are being taken.

If you see fire personnel and apparatus in the area, make sure to yield to them as they are busy with fire activities.  It is unknown if a TFR (temporary flight restriction) is in effect but whenever there is a wildfire burning, it is assumed that there is one.  Fire suppression air resources are required to land if drones are present in their airspace.

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment totals have reached. $100,000.

Photo Credit NWS IMET Operations

#ORFires #ORwildfire2018

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 11, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for Saturday, May 11, 2018.  This post includes the States of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.


Moonshine Fire – Moonshine Rd / Klickitat County.  Dispatched at 1605 hours on May 11, 2018.   6 acres of slash.  Contained 5/12/2018 @ 0909 hours.  Controlled at 1835 hours PDT. (Central WA Interagency Communication Center)

Lambert Side Fire – Lambert Creek x Little Bear Road / Ferry County.  Dispatched at 1417 hours PDT.  0.01 acres of grass, brush and reprod. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)



Balsam LIne Fire – T39S RSE Sec 4 NESW – Dispatched 0945 hours PDT.  1.5 acres. Limited info. (Oregon Dispatch Center)


Matheson Fire – 47 48.759 x 117 02.135 – Dispatched 1522 hours.  2 acres.  E4602 on-scene. Limited info. (CDA Interagency Dispatch Center)


(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 10, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 10, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.



Atwood Road Fire – Atwood Road / Klickitat County.  CRGNSA  and DNR on-scene. Dispatched 1517 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Better Ridge Fire – Better Ridge / Stevens County.  Dispatched  0815 hours.  Brush, slash. IC at 1045 hours.  0.01 acres.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Dougs Beach Fire – Doug Beach / Klickitat County.  Dispatched 1055 hours PDT.  2 acres.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Spillway Fire – Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  0.1 acres.  Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  Contained/Controlled/Out at 1447 hours PDT.  (Colville Agency MT Tolman Dispatch Center)

Summit Surprise Fire – Addy Gifford / Stevens County.  Dispatched 0814 hours PDT.  Unknown burned acreage.  Dispatched at 0814 hours PDT.  NC 347 at 1045 hours PDT.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Tyler Spot Fire – Hwy 904 / Spokane County.  Dispatched 1054 hours PDT.  0.01 acres.  Grass and brush fire fuels. Dispatched 0815 hours PDT.  Contained at 1230 hours.  Controlled at 1325 hours PDT.  (Northeast Interagency Communications Center)


Haner Butte 0175 OD Fire – 1 mi east of Haner Butte.  Dispatched 1511 hours PDT.  1.46 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center)


No wildfires have been reported.

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 9, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 9, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

MAY 9, 2018

0171 RS Fire | Dispatched 1229 hours PDT.  Mcgrath and Powell Butte Hwy. 0.1 acres. (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatche Center – OR)

Cove Fire | Dispatched 1543 hours PDT.  Mile Post 303. (Olympic Region Dispatch – WA)

No Fires in the State of Idaho

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 8, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 6 – 8, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

MAY 6, 2018

Swan Boundary Fire | Dispatched 0955 hours. Hwy 12 MM 87-88 x Swan Creek Rd. 0.5 acres. (Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center – ID)

8014 Fire | Dispatched at 1628 hours.  Unknown location.  0.5 acres.  Limited info.  (Burns Interagency Communications Center – OR)

Sutton Gulch Fire | Dispatched 0832 hours.  Carberry Creek.  0.1 acres.  (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

Pondo Fire | Dispatched at 1208 hours.  South of Steve Peak.  0.1 acres. (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

North Fork Texas Creek Fire | Dispatched at 1220 hours.  Texas Creek on the Okanogan  NF.  0.1 acres.  Light timber.  Contained at 1320 hours.  Controlled at 1430 hours.  In patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Klickitat Breaks Fire | Dispatched at 1557 hours.   Klickitat River in Klickitat County.  0.1 acres.  Grass, light timber.  Contained at 1730 hours.  Controlled at 1731 hours. in patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Finn Ridge Fire | Dispatched at 1754 hours.  Finn Ridge / Centerville in Klickitat County.  Sangs.  Contained at 2000 hours.  Controlled at 2001 hours.  In patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Mason Road Fire | Dispatched at 1734 hours.  Mason Road in Spokane County.  0.41 acres.  Grass, brush, light timber fire fuels.  AR 444 IC at 1911 hours.  contained at 1815 hours.  Controlled at 1918 hours.  (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Marksman Fire | Dispatched at 0806 hours.  Olympia in Thurston County.  0.25 acres.  Brush as fire fuels.  Contained at 1930 hours.  Controlled at 2000 hours. (South Puget Sound Dispatch – WA)

MAY 7, 2018

CM 18 0161 OD Fire | Dispatched 1520 hours.  Cat Mountain.  .96 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Boxcar 0162 OD Fire | Dispatched at 1917 hours.  Boxcar Flats.  0.1 acres. Resources include:  9102, 9103, 9502, E9162.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

036 Hill Spring Fire | Dispatched at 1040  hours.  Hill Spring.  0.1 acre.  Contained at 1256 hours.  Controlled at 1334 hours.  Fire fuels included Timber.  (John Day Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Berry Rock Fire | Dispatched 1500 hours.  Unknown location.  4 acres.  (Rogue Valley Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Granger Locke Fire | Dispatched at 0806 hours.  .25 mile up Locke Road.  0.1 acres.  Staffed at 1020 hours.  (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Matsen Creek Fire | Dispatched at 0940 hours.  756 A Matsen Creek Road.  0.1 acres.  Resources on-scene at 1035 hours.  Contained at 1100 hours.  Controlled at 1200 hours. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

MAY 8, 2018

Bluebird Fire | Dispatched @ 1414 hours.  Location – 48 5.3 x 116 50.4.  0.5 acres. Limited information. (Coeur d’Alene Interagency Dispatch Center – ID)

Bear Mountain Fire | Dispatched at 1409 hours.  Bear Mountain.  0.01 acres. (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)


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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 5, 2018

Want to know what’s happening in the Northwest for wildfire activity?  We have gleaned information from various sources to bring one great post.  This information includes wildfire activity for the week of May 1, 2018 through May 5, 2018.


There is no wildfire activity found for this State.


#0154CS Fire | .5 mile north of Sisters. 0.1 acre.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 0831 hours PDT.

#0157RS Fire | 11 miles south of Prineville.  0.1 acre.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 1015 hours PDT.


#T11R35Sec2NESE Fire | Lat/Lon – 44 38.388, -118 27.138.  Unknown acreage. Dispatched 5/5/2018 1449 hours PDT. Discovered by off-duty USFS personnel as smoldering and creeping.  Approximate size was said to be 10 x 5.  Duty Officer notified.


#TucannonFire | Tucannon River area. 8 miles SW of Pomeroy, WA. Dispatched 5/2/2018 0915 hours PDT.  5 acres.  Unknown cause. Contained/Controlled 5/2/2018 1550 hours PDT.


#AgencyFire | T33S R7 Section 31 NWSW.  Dispatched at 5/3/2018 1617 hours PDT.  14 acres. Contained 5/05/2018 1712 hours PDT.


#AlderMineFire | Okanogan County, Alder Creek. Dispatched 5/1/2018 1012 hours PDT. Camper fire fuels.  0.1 acres. In Patrol status.

#RavensSongsRoostFire | Okanogan Co, Mazama. Dispatched 5/1/2018 1117 hours PDT. Grass, brush fuels. 0.01 acres. Out 5/1/18 1231 hours PDT.

#TucannonFire | Columbia County, Tucannon. Dispatched 5/2/2018 1603 hours PDT. Limited info.

#BellSouthFire | Okanogan County, Golden Doe Road.  Dispatched 5/3/2018 1334 hours PDT. Grass, brush fuels. DNR, Forest Service response.  0.084 acres.

#NileLoopFire | Yakima County, Nile.  Dispatched 5/3/2018 1544 hours PDT.  Slash, timber fuels.   0.10 acres.

#StrongFire | Klickitat County, Sunnyside.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 1356 hours PDT.   Grass, timber, duff.  0.10 acres. Contained 5/4/2018 1500 hours PDT.  Controlled 5/4/2018 1501 hours PDT. Patrol status.


#MeadowDriveFire | Okanogan County, Meadow Drive. Dispatched 5/2/2018 1358 hours PDT. Grass, brush, reprod timber.  0.2 acres.  HI 142 effective 1430 hours PDT. Contained/Controlled 5/2/2018 1435 hours PDT.

#SkidmooreFire | Stevens County, Skidmoore Road.  Dispatched 5/3/2018 0947 hours PDT.  Grass fuels.  0.1 acres. Contained 5/3/2018 1000 hours PDT.  Controlled 5/3/2018 1200 hours PDT.

#HansenWoodsFire | Stevens County, Swamp Creek. Dispatched 5/3/2018 1214 hours PDT.  Grass and brush.  0.4 acres.  Contained/Controlled 5/3/2018 1300 hours PDT.

#HiddenFire | Stevens County, Hidden Road.  Dispatched 5/4/2018 1600 hours PDT.  Grass, brush, timber and snags.  0.5 acres.  Contained 5/4/2018 1730 hours PDT.  Controlled 5/4/2018 2000 hours PDT.

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Day 36 | The Best in The NW Fire Blog Images | Garibaldi Fire (OR)

Thank you for reading our post. We started posting the Best of Images we have taken since the beginning of our inception in 2012.  You will recognize Images from past stories, fire chasing trips and some you may have never seen published before.  You can find these stories and images on our other Social Media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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7.2014 Garibaldi Fire OR 01

‘As we were making our way on our many days of happy and tiring journeys, we saw smoke on the horizon and I begged him to drive us towards the smoke column rising in the distance. As a blogger, your curiousity can get the best of you but we headed over to where the smoke was rising in the background.  I was more than giddy and couldn’t believe we were catching our first fire out of town.’

7.2014 Garibaldi Fire OR rig

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7.2014 Garibaldi Fire OR 03

‘This is all that was left but at least we see some fire and lots of hose lines laid across the streets. Us arriving “on scene” gave us a clear picture of a Training burn in progress. Fire apparatus was spread across a half block giving us many photo opportunities to capture them in action.’

7.2014 Garibaldi Fire OR 02

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7.2014 Garibaldi Fire OR Engine

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