Hugo Road Fire declared conflagration
UPDATE 09/05/18 5:45 p.m.
Current size: 199 acres / Containment: 75%
Evacuations: Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire all current evacuation levels are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY” notice. Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.
A thorough investigation has revealed that the cause of the Hugo Road Fire was a result of a tree falling into a power line.
UPDATE 09/05/18 8:40 a.m.
Current size: 199 acres / Containment: 67%
Structures threatened by the Hugo Road Fire has decreased to 84. ODF reports 209 residents have been evacuated at the time of this update.
Evacuation notices listed below are still in effect.
UPDATE 09/04/18 6:45 p.m.
Current size: 199 acres / Containment: 60%
"Excellent progress was made today on the Hugo Road Fire; crews were able to hold control lines, and contain 60 percent of the fire. Mop up operations have extended 150 feet past the perimeter. Tonight, crews will work to extend that to 200 feet inside the fire lines," says the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Residents are continuing to return home tonight. Some evacuation notices have been lifted or changed by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office."
UPDATE 09/04/18 1:20 p.m.
Due to progress made by firefighters on the Hugo Road Fire the following changes are being made to the current evacuation levels, according to a release from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.
Level 3 “GO” notice:
7351, 7396, 7511, 7600, 7637, 7695, 7700, 7719 and 7720 Hugo Rd, 910, 1234, 1270, 1280 and 1291 Oxyoke Rd, 525, 900, 905, 912, and 920 Templin Ave, 398 and 540 Wilson Ln
Level 2 “BE SET” notice:
7007, 7151, 7222, 7226, 7230, 7251, 7310 and 7400 Hugo Rd, 225, 255, 345 and 401 Keeta Way, 326, 366, 380, 470 and 490 Monterico Rd, 350, 450, 500, 543, 571, 572, 575, 585, 620, 635, 680, 747, 750, 780, 785, 795, 809, 830, 848, 887, 925, 959, 1360, 1361, 1372, 1380, 1388, 1390, 1395, 1471, 1497 and 1525 Oxyoke Rd, 449, 465, 500, 570, 606 and 630 Templin Ave, 1129 Three Pine Rd, 225 Trevor Way, 291, 350, 370, 381, 401 and 453 Wilson Ln
Areas outside of the above describe streets and addresses are being downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY.” Level 1’s will remain in effect until the end of the fire season.
A human and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.
UPDATE 09/04/18 7:15 a.m.
The Hugo Road Fire has burned 199 acres and is 45% contained. Currently 265 structures are threatened.
Level 3 "Go" and Level 2 "Be set" evacuation notices remain in effect as of 7:00 a.m. this morning. There is a possibility evacuation levels may drop throughout the day.
UPDATE 09/03/18 6:45 p.m.
The Hugo Road Fire has destroyed two homes, 13 outbuildings, two RVs, and 11 cars, according to a release from the Oregon Department of Forestry. These statistics make this fire the most destructive so far this season in terms of property damage, and homes lost.
Containment has risen to 30%.
UPDATE 09/03/18 5:45 p.m. - Fire crews begin mop up on the northeast side of the Hugo Road Fire Monday.
The fire is completely lined. Crew are working on hot spots in the area to make sure it is safe for residents to return to their homes.
The biggest challenge firefighters face while mopping up is making sure the wind does not ignite any flames.
The fire remains at a 15-percent containment and has burned 250 acres. The fire is still under investigation.
UPDATE 09/03/18 1:45 p.m. -
Live update from ODF Southwest Oregon District. A perimeter has been established around the fire that firefighters continue to hold into this evening. Containment is still at 15%, however that statistic is expected to progress. An update on damages is expected to be released tonight.
UPDATE 09/03/18 8:09 a.m. - Governor Kate Brown has declared the Hugo Road Fire, burning near Grants Pass, a conflagration just before midnight on September 2, 2018. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
The Office of State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team and four structural task forces from Marion, Lane, Linn, and Klamath will arrive today and began working to protect structures.
UPDATE 09/03/18 7:45 a.m. - The Hugo Road Fire grew 100 acres overnight to a total of 250 acres. Firefighters have it 15% contained.
Crews faced numerous challenges including a cougar sighting and live power lines.
"Currently, there is a combination of hose lays and dozer line surrounding 80 percent of the fire. Air tankers and helicopters will be available as soon as this morning’s inversion lifts in order to help minimize fire activity for firefighters on the ground," according to ODF.
Firefighters are descending on a grass fire that is now threatening structures called the the Hugo Road Fire. It broke out about 7:15 p.m. Sunday in the town of Hugo just north of Merlin. Drivers on Interstate-5 could see the glow of the fire near Exit 66.
Firefighters from multiple agencies, helicopters, and air tankers were able to attack this fire aggressively from the start. However, aerial resources had to be grounded when the sun went down.
Level 3 “Go” evacuation notices have been issued for the following residences: Oxyoke Road from Three Pines Road to Hugo Road, Monterico and all roads off of Monterico, Hitching Post Road, Hasis Road, Trevor Lane, Dakota Lane, Templin Avenue and Wilson Lane. A Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation notices has been issued for the following residences: Three Pines Road to Monument Drive, Monument Drive to the Interstate 5 at Milepost 66. All that are in a Level 3 “Go” evacuation area have already been notified by law enforcement. Please monitor the Josephine County Emergency Management Page for additional details.
A human and animal shelter has been set up at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health.
Anyone needing to evacuate animals can call Linda Bacon with Southern Oregon Emergency Air at 541-226-1124. Right now Bacon says she has horse trailers in the area and are currently taking animals from the Merlin area.
ODF reports they have five dozers, six hand crews, 10 engines and multiple water tenders fighting the fire. Firefighters are hoping to completely line the fire Sunday night into Monday morning. Firefighters are facing extreme fire behavior, wind gusts, steep terrain, and dry fuels throughout the entire area of the fire.
In addition, nineteen engines are working specifically on protecting and defending homes.
According to Pacific Power's website, 344 customers are without power in the Hugo area as of 11 p.m. Sunday.
The cause remains under investigation.