The Stouts fire actively burned late into the night, moving in a southeast direction from the point of origin before laying down in the early morning hours. Firefighters assigned to the fire last night focused their efforts on opening access roads to the fire and anchoring into the heel of the fire to being constructing fire line. Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene of the Stouts Fire today and will continue working where night shift left off. Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today as hot, dry weather is once again forecasted for the area. Due to predicted weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua Basin. The fire is currently estimated at 6,000 acres and the cause of fire is currently under investigation.
Last night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road. A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.
The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire this morning and has been briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. ODF IMT 1 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later this morning. The Incident Command Post for the Stouts Fire will be located at Days Creek Charter School.
An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA’s social media accounts.