News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 2nd, 2015 8:33 PM
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 8 p.m. PDT
Cloud cover with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior on the
Stouts Fire today, allowing firefighters to make good progress on the fire lines. The fire is currently
estimated at 15,200 acres with 3% containment. The Upper Cow Creek Road Level 3 evacuation notice
was reduced to a Level 2, allowing residents to return home. Three residences along the Tiller Trail
Highway in Jackson County, were issued a Level 1 evacuation notice. The Umpqua National Forest
issued an emergency area closure for public health and safety on National Forest lands west of Forest
Service Road 1610, Devils Knob. A full description and a map of the closure area can be found on the
Stouts Fire Inciweb page.
Due to fire growth towards the east and southeast, Oregon State Fire Marshal resources were focused
towards structures in the Dixon Creek and Drew Valley areas. Firefighters were deployed to assess
structure protection needs and assist land owners with fuel modification. Both direct and indirect fire
line construction efforts continued on other flanks of the fire. Dozers opened old roads for contingency
lines and constructed line while hand crews dug and improved lines. Hose lays were installed to
provide for mopping up and holding established lines. The moderate weather conditions and heavy
smoke inversion today delayed some burnout operations along control lines and the inversion remained
over the fire area the entire day, grounding aerial resources.
A public meeting was held at the Milo Volunteer Fire Department tonight, allowing the community a
chance to hear an update of the containment efforts and ask questions on the Stouts Fire.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg
Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton,
Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts
Fire. Approximately 1,265 people are currently assigned to the fire.
Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 264 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for
the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2
(Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire;
Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail
Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time.
The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.
New contact information for the Stouts Fire is listed at the top of this page.