For numbers on acreage burned and percentage contained from the fires, click here.
Fire Information Meetings: A public meeting is planned in Wolf Creek tonight at 6:00 pm at the Wolf Creek County Park. This is a change from the original planned location due to the capacity of the community center.
Josephine County Public Health Department says N95 masks are now available at both Public Health department and the Josephine County Fairgrounds at the Red Cross Shelter.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded the evacuation order for residences on Mount Reuben Road, Reuben Road, and McCullough Creek Road. Residents along those road systems will be allowed back in their homes, but the road systems will be closed to public traffic. National Guard will be at road blocks for traffic control.
Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association (IPA), the parent company for CareSource/Mid Rogue Health Plan and AllCare Health Plan, is providing approved masks for members. CareSource and AllCare members can stop by their offices in Grants Pass, 740 SE 7th Street, and Medford, 1390 Biddle Rd, Ste 105, with their member ID to pick up their mask. For more information call CareSource/AllCare at 541-471-4106 or 1-888-460-0185.
The City of Ashland will be opening the Grove, located at 1195 East Main Street, for residents to escape the smoke beginning Friday, August 2nd through Monday, August 5th. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. No animals are permitted and no services will be provided.
Big Windy Complex
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 597-1160.
For detailed information on the fire including maps and photos please visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/
Smoke information: http://www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Big Windy Complex:
Due to hazards associated with the Big Windy fire, the BLM’s portion of the Rogue River Wild and Scenic corridor is closed. The Recreation section remains open, but the Grave Creek boat launch is closed. Boaters on the river should take out at the Argo, Almeda or Rand take out sites.
The Wild and Scenic Rogue River from Gold Beach upstream to Blossom Bar Rapid is still open for business and skies are currently smoke-free.
There are NO evacuations orders in place for Agness or Gold Beach.
Josephine and Curry Counties have swept the closed portion of the Rogue River to ensure no rafters remain. Members of the Merlin Rappel Crew, assisted by Curry County, swept 21.5 miles of the Rogue River Trail to ensure no hikers remain.
Oregon Governor Kitzhaber declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Josephine County, allowing the Oregon National Guard to provide assistance to fires in the area. The National Guard will be providing assistance with additional air resources as well as personnel. National Guard personnel will assist with closure checkpoints at roads near the fire including:
2308 @ 33 Agness Road (Burnt Ridge)
23 Road @ 33 Road (west end of Bear Camp)
2402 Road @ 22 Road
BLM 34-8-36 @ Galice Road (east end of Bear Camp)
The National Guard is being logistically supported by Jackson County; the guard station in Agness will be utilized as a base camp operation for National Guard resources assigned to the Big Windy Complex.
A public meeting will be held tonight at the Josephine County building at 102 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction at 7 p.m. Information will be shared along with maps and presentations by fire managers.
The community of Oak Flat is still under a Level 2 or “advisory evacuation.” There is a Level 1 or “alert advisory evacuation” for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch. These are no mandatory evacuations levels at this time.
Road Closures due to Whisky Complex:
-FS Road 29.
-FS Road 28 from Boulder Creek
to French Junction.
-FS Road 31 from jct of FS
Road 29 to jct w/ spur
-FS Road 2925 from jct 29 to
jct of 3114-600 and 2925-
-FS Road 3114-600
-Ash Flat Campground
-South Umpqua Campground
-South Umpqua Day Use Area
Location: 6 mi east of Tiller, Oregon.
For more information:
Blog site for Whiskey Complex:
There are no reports of homes burned. Two minor injuries have been reported. Two outbuildings have burned.
Evacuations are still in effect for Reuben Road, Mt. Reuben Road and McCullough Creek Road in Douglas County. Josephine County is also continuing evacuations for Poorman Creek, Lower Graves Creek Road, Grave Creek Road, and Lower Wolf Creek.
Evacuations and Closures:
* Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed. The public is asked to honor the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area.
* Evacuations have been downgraded for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County, and Poorman Creek Road, Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County. The downgrade means residents can return to their homes, but roads are closed to public traffic.
* Residences in the area are still considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County Sheriff’s Offices.