ODF/OSFM fire report for Aug. 24, 2021

August 24, 2021

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National:  Preparedness Level 5 (Geographic areas competing for wildland fire suppression resources. Majority of national resources committed. Three or more geographic areas with large, complex fires.)

Number of fires Acres burned
Total to date  41,284 4,665,285


Oregon:  Preparedness Level 5.

Only ODF-protected lands (16 million acres)
  Number of fires Acres burned
2021 year-to-date  915 188,656
10-year avg. year-to-date (2011 – 2020) 701 53,672


All lands in Oregon (Includes ODF-protected lands)
  Number of fires Acres burned
2021 year-to-date 1,575 622,946


Current large fires in Oregon: Includes all lands

Name Date Total Acres  ODF Acres Containment Location Cause Notes
Fox Complex Aug. 13, 2021 9,753 1,246 60% 14 miles W of Lakeview Unknown ODF IMT 3
Fire information
Operations are focused on snagging and mopping up the north end of the Patton Meadow Fire, the critical area that was burned out over the weekend. All evacuation advisories were dropped yesterday. A significant glidedown of resources starts tomorrow. The fire is located on Fremont-Winema NF, BLM and private lands.
Devils Knob Complex Aug. 3, 2021 24,662 1,389 25% 30 miles SE of Roseburg Unknown GB IMT 2
Fire information
Smith Fire, 8,767 acres, is highest priority fire in complex and evac advisories were issued for residential areas threatened by fire. OSFM is sending two task forces to assist with structural protection. Smoke is limiting use of helicopters and bombers.  Active fire behavior. Timber resources and private lands affected. Most of the complex is located on the Umpqua NF. Road, trail and area closures in effect. Florida State Red IMT will assume command of complex Wednesday.
Rough Patch Complex July 29, 2021 24,670 0 3% 26 miles SE of Cottage Grove Unknown GB IMT 2
Fire information
Active fires in complex include Chaos, Near Minky and Jack. All fires located on Umpqua NF. Operations focus on keeping Chaos Fire from moving north and west toward mining areas and private forestlands. Smoke limiting air operations. Active fire behavior. Road, trail and area closures are in effect.
Jack July 5, 2021 23,802 81 51% 20 miles E of Glide Human GB IMT 2
Fire information
Containment lines holding on west, north and east flanks. The southwest and south flanks continue to be active and containment strategies include building direct and indirect fire lines with crews and dozers. Road systems being used for contingency lines when possible. Fire is located on Umpqua NF and private lands.
Middle Fork Complex July 29, 2021 16,030 0 10% 9 miles N of Oakridge Unknown NW IMT 13
Fire information
Crews on the Kwis Fire continued mopping up the west flank to further reduce threat to Oakridge. Work on the Gales/Ninemile Fire focused on burning out fuels on the north/northeast flanks, building indirect fire line on the south/southeast flanks and mopping up the west flank. Goal is to limit spread to north/northeast. Active fire behavior. Timber resources and structures threatened. Evacuations in effect and road, trail and area closures.
Black Butte Aug. 3, 2021 22,434 592 85% 25 miles S of Unity Lightning NW IMT 6
Fire information
Operations include mopping up and securing fire lines, suppression repair and backhauling equipment. Minimal fire behavior. Road, trail and area closures remain in effect. Transfer back to the local unit planned for tomorrow.
Bull Complex Aug. 3, 2021 6,969 0 0% 12 miles NE of Detroit Unknown GB IMT 4
Fire information
Operations include building direct and indirect fire lines, and burning out fuels. Moderate fire behavior. Broad road, area and trail closures on the Mt Hood NF. Complex originated in Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
Skyline Ridge Complex Aug. 1, 2021 5,758 5,760 94% 5 miles E of Canyonville Lightning Type 3 IMT
Fire information
Moderate fire behavior. Patrols continue.



Oregon State Fire Marshal Current Mobilization Report
Conflagration Name Date Began Structures Threatened/Destroyed Status
Devils Knob Complex 8/3/2021 80 threatened/1 destroyed Two immediate response task forces and an Agency Administrator
Active Incident Totals   80 threatened/1 destroyed  


More information

  • A firefighter died yesterday on the Middle Fork Complex. ODF and OSFM extend their deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen firefighter.
  • More than 2.5 million acres have burned in 92 large fires and complexes in 12 states. The wildfires in California and the Northwest continue to burn actively. Residents in communities near 16 incidents remain evacuated this morning. Currently, 26,383 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the country.
  • Weather over the state continues to be moderate with temps and humidity near seasonal norms, which should persist through the week. Winds in central Oregon expected to increase somewhat today.