emergency resources: 2018 wildfires

Josephine County is experiencing the effects of many wildfires burning throughout southern Oregon. This page is a clearinghouse of emergency resource information for people affected by the wildfires, and is updated daily.

fire briefings

See videos of official fire briefings and past community meetings.
For more information, contact the Southwest Oregon Joint Information Center at swofireinfo@gmail.com or 541-474-5305.

fire information

Southern Oregon Joint Information Center (SOJIC). The Joint Information Center contains important and current information on the Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike Fire, Natchez Complex, Garner Complex, Hendrix Complex, and other major wildfires in southwest Oregon.

Interactive fire and evacuation maps. See a mapped overview of the fires and evacuation zones in southwest Oregon. Enter an address to see how close the fires are and whether it’s in an evacuation zone:





Southwest Oregon fires. See the following pages:

Taylor Creek and Klondike fires. See the Taylor Creek Incident Information SystemKlondike Fire Incident Information System, or the Taylor Creek Fire and Klondike Fire Information Facebook page.

Natchez Complex fires in northern California. See the Incident Information System.

Garner Complex fires in southern Oregon. See the Incident Information System.

For more information, contact the Southwest Oregon Joint Information Center at swofireinfo@gmail.com or 541-474-5305.

road closures and evacuation zones

Read the latest evacuation and road closure information from the Josephine County Sheriff.

Evacuees seeking assistance can contact the American Red Cross at (888) 680-1455.

For information about animal evacuations, contact Shelter Friends Josephine County and Southern Oregon Emergency Aid.



air quality and face masks

Find the latest news on air quality in southern Oregon:

For information about visibility at the Grants Pass Airport, 1441 Brookside Boulevard, Grants Pass, call 541-955-3392.

Rural/Metro Fire Department is giving free face masks to current members of Rural/Metro. Pick them up at the Rural/Metro administration office, 807 NE Sixth Street, Grants Pass, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, limit two per household.

If you’re purchasing a face mask, be sure it’s a N95 protective mask, which provides limited protection against smoke and ultra-fine particles. Everyday dust and fine-particle masks found at hardware stores are not designed to protect from smoke.

It’s recommended that anyone with a respiratory disease wear a mask and stay indoors to protect themselves from the smoke in the air. People with lung or heart diseases, such as congestive heart failure, angina, COPD, emphysema, or asthma are at a higher risk of health problems from smoke. Seniors and children are also more at risk for health problems when exposed to dangerous smoke.

general information

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updated 8/16/2018