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 frequently.

fire briefings and community meetings

Click for daily briefing videos about the Klondike Fire.

See videos of official fire briefings and past community meetings.

fire information

For wildfire information, contact the following:

  • Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest: 541-618-2114
  • Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District: 541-474-3328
  • Klondike West: 541-247-6789
  • Natchez Fire: 530-493-1524
  • Miles Fire: 541-825-3295

To report a new fire, dial 911.

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 Klondike Fire Incident Information System, Taylor Creek 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.

road closures and evacuation zones

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

Sign up for Josephine County Citizen Alert at www.rvem.org.

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

media outlets

updated 9/26/2018