ODF/OSFM fire report for Sept. 16, 2021

September 16, 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  44,898 5,549,094


Oregon:  Preparedness Level 5.

Only ODF-protected lands (16 million acres)
  Number of fires Acres burned
2021 year-to-date  1,047 226,222
10-year avg. year-to-date (2011 – 2020) 851 94,753


All lands in Oregon (Includes ODF-protected lands)
  Number of fires Acres burned
2021 year-to-date 1,778 801,040


Current large fires in Oregon: Includes all lands

Name Date Total Acres  ODF Acres Containment Location Cause Notes
Cougar Peak Sept. 7, 2021 87,349 31,783 6% 15 miles NW of Lakeview Unknown NW IMT 8 &
Fire information
Strong W/SW winds yesterday promoted active fire behavior. Spot fires were exhibiting significant resistance to control, and falling green trees and snags were a safety concern. Today on the SW flank, direct and indirect fire line construction operations continue. Crews will be patrolling and hot spotting along the E flank, and mopping up on the NE and NW flanks. Area and road closures remain in effect. Fire is on the Fremont-Winema NF and private lands.
Devils Knob Complex Aug. 3, 2021 67,159 1,415 47% 30 miles SE of Roseburg Unknown RM IMT 1
Fire information
The Smith and Big Hamlin fires were stable yesterday. Marine layer yesterday kept humidity low, countering lightto-moderate NW winds. Overnight RH recovery very good. Operations to secure E flank protection for Ash Valley continue with strategic burnouts and fire line strengthening. Growth toward the Buckhead and Near Minky fires continues off the Smith Fire’s E/NE flanks. Structures remain threatened and evacuation advisories in effect, as are road and area closures. The complex located on the Umpqua NF and private lands.
Rough Patch Complex July 29, 2021 47,208 159 36% 26 miles SE of Cottage Grove Unknown GB IMT 2
Fire information
Slight increase in acreage due to burnout operations on E flank of Chaos Fire, which is furthering the goal of connecting lines with the Little Bend Fire. Little movement on other flanks of these fires. Road and area closures remain in effect. The complex is located on the Umpqua NF and private lands.
Jack July 5, 2021 24,164 81 55% 20 miles E of Glide Human GB IMT 2
Fire information
Patrols ongoing around perimeter. Little fire activity reported. The Jack Fire is part of Rough Patch Complex on Umpqua NF. Private lands affected.
Middle Fork Complex July 29, 2021 29,793 0 37% 9 miles N of Oakridge Unknown NW IMT 6
Fire information
On the Gales Fire, fire line securing and mop up operations underway on NW flank, and strategic burning will be conducted where needed to increase black line around fire. Slash removal and log decking projects continue. Road and area closures in effect. The complex is located on the Willamette NF.
Bull Complex Aug. 3, 2021 21,191 0 15% 12 miles NE of Detroit Unknown NR IMT 4
Fire information
Most of the operations underway yesterday and today are to stabilize roads and fire lines against rains expected by the weekend. Chipping, slash removal, log decking and road grading projects taking place on N, S and E flanks. Road and area closures remain in effect. The fire is within the Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt Hood NF and lands in the north end of the Willamette NF.
Big Meadow Sept. 9, 2021 2,631 1,033 40% 10 miles N of Riley Lightning NW IMT 7
Fire information
Gridding and mop up operations underway, along with equipment backhaul and suppression repair projects. Area and road closures in effect. The fire is located on Malheur NF and private lands.



Oregon State Fire Marshal Current Mobilization Report
Conflagration Name Date Began Structures Threatened/Destroyed Status
No OSFM IMT mobilizations in effect
Active Incident Totals N/A 0/0 N/A


More information

  • Weather across Oregon will be generally warm and dry today. E/NE winds expected early today over southwest region, including Klamath and Lake counties, with low humidity and moderately increased fire potential. As incoming cold front moves into the state, gusty S/SW winds expected along coast and east of the Cascades. Rain anticipated to start late Friday and continue Saturday. Small chance of thunderstorms Saturday in western Douglas County and along Cascade crest. Debris flows possible in burned areas.