STEAMBOAT, Ore. —
UPDATE: The Jack Fire is now reported to be 1,500 as of Tuesday evening in eastern Douglas County. Fire officials said an inversion slowed fire activity during the day, but when it lifted around 3 p.m., flames began to spread fast. Firefighters were told to disengage from directly creating lines on the fire and are now working to make a large containment line. Containment on the Jack Fire is 0%.
Highway 138 is now closed between Milepost 41 to 55. Due to steep slopes in the fire area, the highway has been affected by burning snags and falling rocks. This highway closure is likely to extend into the weekend.
UPDATE: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has issued evacuation orders for areas near the Jack Fire in the Umpqua National Forest.
A Level 3 "GO" evacuation order is now in effect for all recreation areas, homes, and businesses located between mile marker 43 (on Highway 138E) east to Eagle Rock Campground.
A Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation warning has been issued for everything east of Eagle Rock Campground to Soda Springs.
"Danger to the evacuated area is current and imminent and you should evacuate immediately," DCSO said. "If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last message you receive."
INITIAL REPORT: A wildfire within the Umpqua National Forest continued to grow overnight, reaching an estimated 900 acres along Highway 138 near the Steamboat area.
Fire crews began responding to the Jack Fire on Monday evening. It was first reported around 5 p.m., burning in grass and timber east of Jack Creek Road and west of Jack Creek. Smoke detection cameras on Mt. Scott near Glide caught the rising smoke, allowing firefighters and local resources to begin attacking the fire.
Officials from the U.S. Forest Service said that the fire was very active through the evening and started to moderate overnight.
A section of Highway 138E between Steamboat and the Dry Creek Store has been closed due to the fire, and officials say that a forest closure order will soon be in effect as well.
USFS crews received help from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the arrival of a Type 3 interagency crew. There are now nine engines, two hand crews, three water tenders, three heavy lift helicopters, one light helicopter, three airtankers, and two fixed-wings assigned to the fire.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team will be briefed on the fire on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
"The health and safety of the public and wildland fire fighters is a top priority," USFS said. "Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist, so please be careful and stay clear of the incident. Fire danger remains HIGH and public use restrictions are in effect."
The cause of the Jack Fire remain under investigation, according to officials.