Dining site remains closed due to smoke from wildfire

Dining site remains closed due to smoke from wildfire

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The smoke from wildfire is still a problem in Southern Oregon, and officials are urging people to avoid it if you can.

Douglas County Health and Social Services continues to urge all people with potential exposure to wildfire smoke to restrict any outdoor activity during times when smoke concentrations are high.

People with any of the following symptoms should contact their health care provider:

  • Repeated coughing
  • Light headedness
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue

Due to the continued concern about smoke exposure, the Glendale Senior Dining Site will remain closed until further notice. Meals will be delivered to individuals who regularly receive home-delivered meals or meals at the Glendale Senior Dining Site.

Douglas County residents age 60 an older who would like information about home-delivered meals should call Douglas County Senior Services at 541-643-0307.

Free respirator masks are available at various locations in Glendale, including the Glenway Store and Glendale City Hall.

It is important that people with heart disease or lung conditions follow the advice of their health care provider about prevention and treatment of symptoms.

The public is advised to monitor smoke concentrations and to avoid outdoor activity when smoke concentrations are unhealthy. Information about air quality is available online at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ or by calling toll-free 1-888-459-3830 for a recorded message.

Latest on the fires:

The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad's Creek, and Farmer's fires.  As weather returns to more seasonal conditions, fire fighters continue to work diligently to extinguish all hot spots along the perimeter and within the interior portion of the fire.  Other fire fighters are working on patrolling and holding the lines.  More active areas are being prepared for future burnout operations to control the remaining hotter edges of the fire.  Infrared patrols along the perimeters are detecting hotspots to aid mop up crews.

Rabbit Mountain - 23,240 acres 

The southwest corner and western flank of the fire around Riffle Creek and Bear Creek continue to be the most active front of the fire.  Crews will be working to construct containment lines in this area.  Crews in other areas of the fire will strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots.   Burnout operations will be occurring over the next several days to complete control objectives. 

Dad's Creek - 21,908 acres

The southwest end of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is still being constructed.  Crews will be taking advantage of less active fire behavior to reinforce firelines in these areas.  Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.

Weather: No lightning is forecasted.  A warming and drying trend is expected through the week.  As seasonal weather conditions return, fire fighters can expect increased fire activity. 

Evacuations and Closures: Remain the same

•     Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents.  The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area. 

•     The Level 2 evacuation remains for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County. 

•     Glendale is at a Level 1 evacuation.

•     The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.

•     Residences in the area are still considered threatened.  This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future.  Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff's offices.

Public Safety/Prevention:  Firefighters are contending with hazards, like falling boulders and trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area.  Heavy rainfall in some parts of the fire may increase rolling debris and make footing more difficult.  Values at risk include homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat.  To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings burned.

Seven minor injuries have been reported

Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.