MIDDLE FORK COMPLEX: Containment, closures and more

The US Forest Service says the Middle Fork Complex fires started July 29 after lightning strikes in the area.

OAKDRIGE, Ore. -- The Middle Fork Complex continues to burn in the area of Fall Creek and Oakridge.

Collectively, the fires burning in the complex remain at 30,928 acres, and containment is at 55% as of Monday.

Just over 200 people are working to fight the fires.

Fire officials do not expect the fire to grow much more, and repair operations are continuing on the Kwis and Gale fires to mitigate damage caused by firefighting efforts.

No evacuation orders remain for the Middle Fork Complex as of noon on Sept. 21.

An honor guard escorted the body of firefighter Frumencio Ruiz Carapia, who died fighting the fire, to his hometown in Medford.

Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act, freeing up additional resources to help fight the Middle Fork Complex shortly after it sparked up.

At last check, the Knoll fire was still at 544 acres and 50% containment.


Several forest roads, campgrounds, trails and more and closed in the fire area due to the fires. Among the closed campgorunds are Dolly Varden, Big Pool, Broken Bowl, Clark Creek, Bedrock and Puma. The Little Cowhorn Lookout, Timber Butte Lookout, and Saddle Blanket Mountain area is also closed. For a full list of Middle Fork Complex closures, CLICK HERE, and for a map of the closures, CLICK HERE.

A list of Kwis Fire closures can be found HERE and a map of the closures HERE.

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