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And just like that, its October and Fire Prevention Month is upon us!

Much like most of 2020, FPM will have a different feel than in years past. The theme this year is, "Serving up Fire Safety in the kitchen".

For more information visit our Fire Prevention page by clicking HERE

Please also check out the information and excellent videos at the NFPA website HERE

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Fire danger has been reduced from Extreme to High. This applies within the city limits of Cottage Grove and Creswell. For more information on fire danger outside of city limits please refer to information from the Oregon Department of Forestry by visiting the link HERE

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and other designated locations.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at locations where fire pits are present. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. Briquette use is allowed in barbeques, but is restricted to use on hard, non-flammable surfaces such as patios, driveways, gravel, or green irrigated lawns.
  • Power saw use is permitted all day during low fire danger (GREEN) before 1:00 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during moderate fire danger (BLUE) and before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. during high fire danger (YELLOW) The use of power saws is prohibited during extreme fire danger (RED) Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounce capacity. A Firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of each saw.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted all day during low fire danger (GREEN) before 1:00 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during moderate fire danger (BLUE) before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. during high fire danger (YELLOW) as long as it is conducted in a cleared area and has a charged garden hose or one 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher immediately available. This activity is prohibited during extreme fire danger (RED)
  • The mowing of dried, cured grass is permitted all day during low fire danger (GREEN) before 1:00 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during moderate fire danger (BLUE) before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. during high fire danger (YELLOW)  and is prohibited during extreme fire danger (RED) The culture and harvest of agricultural crops is exempt from this requirement.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Use of illegal fireworks is prohibited at all times, and in any location within the District. Legal firework use is permitted in areas free of dried, cured grasses, brush, or trees unless prohibited in areas jointly protected by SLCFR and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Generally, and where permitted, firework use is only permitted on asphalt, concrete, or gravel and a charged garden hose or one 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

Fire Danger Adjective Class is as follows:

Low= Green: Activity permitted all day

Moderate= Blue: Activity permitted until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

High= Yellow: Activity permitted until 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

Red= Extreme: Activity prohibited

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Archie Creek1Archie Creek Fire
Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (Incident Commander Brian Goff)
Email: 2020.archiecreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 971-334-7674 Hours: 7am-8pm
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

 Archie CreekFire Update: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
Yesterday, crews reported minimal fire activity along the western edge of the Archie Creek Fire from Glide up to the Nonpareil area. In the Little River Road area, crews are using a combination of existing road systems and dozer lines to stop the fire from advancing downhill toward nearby structures. Spot fires have crossed containment lines in the Little River area, where firefighters are working to contain them and tie back into the primary line.

Fire activity picked up slightly on the southeastern portion of the fire due to northwest winds over the area. Firefighters plan to hold the fire in this area near Panther Creek.

Crews also scouted the Canton Creek and Scaredman Creek areas, looking for opportunities to successfully engage on the fire. Heavy equipment will be used in
this area to open existing roadways and construct new dozer lines to tie back into the Upper Rock Creek area.

Fire spread on the east flank is low intensity. It’s backing into primary lines helping to achieve security in that area.

Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Pacific Power continue to work along Highway 138E within the burned area. The highway remains closed to all non-fire traffic between Milepost 21 and Milepost 83. Douglas County Public Works Department is also working to clear Rock Creek Road and other county roads.

An infrared flight last night shows the Archie Creek Fire at 125,498 acres. It is 15% contained with 708 people assigned to the fire. The National Guard has arrived, will meet with fire officials this morning and be out on the lines this afternoon. Firefighters will continue construct direct and indirect line. They will hold and mop-up completed line, improve and mop-up around structures, and assess opportunities to exclude acres when possible. Air resources areavailable should the smoke clear enough to make flying safe.

Weather today will be similar to yesterday. Dense smoke continues to hang over lower elevations, with possible clearing at upper levels near the Glide area, which may increase fire activity.


Evacuations, shelter areas: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is reducing evacuation levels in the following areas.
Bar L Ranch Road, Terrace and Upper Terrace: Downgraded from a Level 3 "GO!" to a Level 2 "BE SET".
Nonpareil Road from Plat K to Banks Creek Road (and all side roads): Downgraded from a Level 2 "BE SET" to a Level 1 "BE READY".
Banks Creek Road to Hinkle Creek Road: Downgraded from a Level 3 "GO!" to a Level 2 "BE SET".
Hinkle Creek to the end of Nonpareil Road: This section of Nonpareil remains at a Level 3 "GO!".
All of Douglas County: The Level 1 "BE READY" has been removed for Douglas County. However, residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan in place. Resources can be found at www.ready.gov or www.dcso.com. An interactive evacuation map can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations.

Fire managers and the Sheriff’s Office urge residents returning to their homes to drive cautiously and watch for falling hazards such as trees and debris. If you feel unsafe, evacuate on your own and do not wait for notification from the sheriff.

For further information:
Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7176/

Douglas County Sheriff website www.dcso.com/evacuations and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoSO

Air quality: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq

Road closures: Monitor www.tripcheck.com for updates on the highway closures.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): all lands east of Interstate 5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed.

Umpqua National Forest: Maps and closure orders can be found on Inciweb at:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7176/ .

Additional information on the Forest Service closures are available
at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-noticesmanaged lands east of Interstate 5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed.

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South Lane County Fire & Rescue will be holding a Fire Board Meeting at Station 201 located at 233 E. Harrison Cottage Grove, OR 97424 on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm. 

This meeting will be an executive session under ORS 192.660(2)(b) to discuss the possible discipline of a public officer.

This meeting will be done remotely to comply with the Governor’s executive order, secondary to the COVID-19.

All public comments can be emailed to info@southlanefire.org through Wednesday, June 3rd, at 3:00 pm and will be provided to the Fire Board at the meeting.

Please note that no outside public will be allowed at this meeting.

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Date: 6/2/2020

Time: 1100 Hours

The District has been made aware of a news story run by KEZI indicating Fire Chief John Wooten stated on his “personal” Facebook page that rioters should be shot. Chief Wooten did not make any statement in his official capacity as Fire Chief. The Chief’s personal Facebook page was hacked and has since been taken down.

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