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ODF's Update on the Reeves Creek Fire 7/30/14 at 9:35AM:
Crews completed the fireline around the 232-acre Reeves Creek Fire, which broke out late Monday south of Selma in southern Josephine County. Hose lines are also completed strung around the fire and day shift crews will be mopping up hot spots 100-150 feet inside the fireline. Some fireline relocation is also taking place to reduce the distance between the burned area and the fireline.
The containment level has been rolled back to 50 percent (it was reported to be 90 percent late yesterday) because of concerns about the weather. A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for much of ODF’s Southwest Oregon District, and the Reeves Creek Fire area may receive strong, erratic winds if thunderstorms develop again over the Siskiyou Mtns. The temperature is expected to hit 100 degrees again today, and vegetation in the fire area is extremely dry.
More than 270 firefighters are working the day shift, and they are supported by 13 engines, five helicopters, four bulldozers and five water tenders. Air tankers are available if needed.
A Level 1 evacuation notice remains in effect for the Wild Park Lane area, located east of Hwy 199 south of Selma. Reeves Creek Road between Lake Selmac and Hwy 199 also remains in effect; travel on the road is restricted to fire-related traffic and residents.
The cause of the Reeves Creek Fire is under investigation.
Update 8:40 AM 7/30/14--The fire did not grow in size overnight. There will continue to be crews on the ground and 5 helicopters dropping water on the fire today. At this time we anticipate that the Level 1 evacuation for Wildpark Lane will be cancelled at Noon today, this, however, will depend on conditions as the morning progresses. An update will be released at Noon.
Update 4:45 PM 7/29/14-- The fire area has not grown in size today, and continues to be approximately 250-acres. The existing Level 1 evacuations remain in effect. Resources continue to be deployed and the fire's threat to structures is being closely monitored. The situation will be reevaluated tomorrow morning and another update will be issued at that time. Chek out our Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/ivfire
The Illinois Valley Fire District is looking to fill four (4) Volunteer Resident positions with qualified individuals.
Residents will work ten (10) 24 hour shifts per month (typical Kelly shift) and will be assigned a fire station dorm room as their full time residence.
Interested individuals should:
Applications are available here or at our main business office located at 681 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction, Oregon 97523.
* The District may waive this application requirement on an individual basis with the expectation that the Resident Volunteer Firefighter will obtain this certification with in the first year of residency.
Learn more about our Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program here.
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Part-Time Front Desk/Billing Clerk
The Illinois Valley Fire District is accepting applications for a part-time Front Desk & Billing Clerk.
Approx. 20 hours per week. Monday through Thursday, 11:00 to 4:00.
Must be able to multi-task, have experience answering multi-line phones, have a cheerful personality, and the ability to communicate clearly with the public and staff. Computer and data entry skills are essential. Background check and pre-employment drug screening will be required.
Applications available online (Click Here), or in person at:
Completed Applications must be received at the above address No Later Than 4:00 P.M., Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Date 9 June 2014
ABSOLUTELY NO DEBRIS BURNING IS ALLOWED IN THE ILLINOIS VALLEY -- INCLUDING BURNING IN BURN BARRELS.
Fire seasons restrictions published by the Oregon Department of Forestry state that burn barrel burning may be allowed until July 1 with a permit. However, the public should be advised that Illinois Valley Fire District is not issuing any such permits. All Illinois Valley Fire District permits for debris burning, including burning in burn barrels, expired May 31, and no extensions have been or will be granted.
Illinois Valley Fire District
All IVFD BURN PERMITS EXPIRED MAY 31ST. That means absolutely no outdoor burning (including burn barrel burning) is allowed in the Illinois Valley. Additional restrictions were imposed by the State Forester on June 2 when fire season officially began.
A dry winter has left dead vegetation (fallen trees and branches, leaves and litter, etc.) unusually low on moisture content. The extended forecast for summer in southwest Oregon predicts hotter and drier than normal conditions, increasing the likelihood of wildfires starting easily and increasing in size faster. The fire precaution regulations prohibit activities, such as debris burning, that commonly cause wildfires in late spring and early summer.
For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, please call or visit the Southwest Oregon District unit office, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. (541) 474-3152. Or visit their website at www.swofire.com.
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