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Jack Fire grows to more than 4,000 acres

Containment remains at 0% for the fire, which is threatening the Dry Creek community.

Posted: Jul 8, 2021 1:04 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2021 8:49 PM

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. -- The Jack Fire east of Glide has grown to 4,224 acres as of Wednesday, fire officials said on Thursday.

Containment remains at 0% for the fire, which county officials announced on Wednesday is posing and imminent threat to the Dry Creek community.

Crews are working to create containment lines and defensible space, and additional resources are coming in. More than 320 people are working on the fire as of Thursday. Lane and Linn county task forces left Wednesday morning to assist with the firefighting efforts, hours after Benton and Lincoln County task forces were sent out.

"It is extremely dangerous conditions out there right now,” Lane County task force leader Dale Borland said. “And very early in the season. In the first week of July, we’re already seeing significant fires around the state.”

An emergency conflagration declaration from Gov. Kate Brown freed up resources from around the state to help, and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners also issued a state of emergency declaration due to the fire.

“Conditions are very unpredictable and hazardous right now, with winds, dry temperatures and extreme terrain making it incredibly difficult for fire crews working the front lines right now,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman. “Our number one priority is the safety and health of our residents and those fighting the fires. Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners agree that immediate action must be taken, and we must utilize all available resources to protect everything and everyone from devastating wildfires.”

Douglas County residents are asked to sign up for the emergency notification system, which notifies people of police activity, fire, evacuations, missing people and more. Landline phones are already in the system. To register with your cell phone or email address, CLICK HERE.

Officials say the fire was first spotted across the Umpqua River on July 7 in the 2002 Apple Fire scar and 2020 Archie Creek Fire scar.

CLOSURES

The highway is closed from Steamboat Creek to milepost 55. A soft closure checkpoint is set at Lemolo Lake.

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 1 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 adn 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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