Crews make significant progress fighting Jack Fire

The fire is threatening the Dry Creek area east of Glide.

Posted: Jul 12, 2021 6:09 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2021 7:46 PM

DRY CREEK, Ore. -- The Jack Fire has grown to nearly 12,500 acres on Monday and is still 10% contained.

Officials said they made significant progress over the weekend and feel confident about securing the area.

“Firefighters have been doing a great job particularly in areas up north of Highway 138. They have completed containment lines and completed areas of burnt fuel and created protection around the Dry Creek community,” said Jack Fire Public Information Officer Shannon Dunfee.

Dunfee said Monday is the last day of operation for the Oregon State Fire Marshal on this effort and now task forces will shift to local agencies.

Currently, 243 structures are threatened but none have been damaged so far. Four helicopters are working to drop retardant and water to limit the spread of the fire.

The Jack Fire comes nearly ten months after the Archie Creek Fire last fall. Officials said recent conditions cause concern.

“Right now the region is in extreme drought so we just ask folks to do their part to prevent fires and just know that it’s dry,” said Dunfee.

Officials estimate full containment will be achieved by July 28, but this is contingent on weather conditions.

CLOSURES

Highway 138 East is closed from Steamboat Creek to milepost 55. The Steamboat Inn is also closed.

Also, the Oregon State Marine Board has issued a temporary closure of the North Umpqua River from the Boulder Flat boat launch downstream to the Alder Creek confluence. This will remain in effect through July 18 or until the rule is lifted. You can find more information HERE.

Some areas of the Umpqua National Forest are closed to the public through Feb. 28, 2022, unless lifted sooner. To protect firefighters, the public will not be allowed to be on a closed road, go into a closed area or be on a closed trail. For a map of the closures, CLICK HERE.

ASSISTANCE

If you have evacuated, contact the American Red Cross at 1-888-680-1455 for resources. Saving Grace will accept small pets for temporary boarding, but they ask that you call before arriving.

EVACUATION NOTICES

  • LEVEL 3 GO
    • All recreation areas, homes and businesses between mileposts 43 and 51 of Highway 138E
      • All US Forest Service Campgrounds, including Apple Creek, Horseshoe Bend, Eagle Rock
      • The Dry Creek Community and all residents on Illahee Road.
  • LEVEL 2 BE SET
    • All residences and businesses between mileposts 38 and 43 on Highway 138E
      • Steamboat Inn
      • All residents on Brindle Bug Road and Steelhead Caddis Road
    • All residences and businesses between mileposts 51 and 55 on Highway 138E
      • Soda Springs Powerplant and surrounding areas
  • LEVEL 1 BE READY
    • All residences and businesses between mileposts 55 and 60 on Highway 138E
      • Slide Creek area and the Toketee residential area
      • Toketee Lake and surrounding recreation sites

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