Rum Creek Fire Explodes in Size Overnight, Evacuations Issued

The Rum Creek Fire grew rapidly overnight. Currently, the Josephine County fire is estimated to be at 4,319 acres and 0% contained.

The fire is now on the east side of the Rogue River, moving south and east. Officials are assessing current and potential future impacts to private lands and residences east of the river, and future evacuation notifications may be recommended. Several Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations were issued by officials.

Rum Creek Fire Map

Here are the active (as of 8/27/22) evacuation notices in place:

Level 3 – GO NOW evacuation from South and West of the Rogue River and North of Bear Camp Road; includes Rand, Galice, and Galice Creek Road.

Level 3 – GO NOW evacuation from North of Belknap Gulch, Little Stratton Creek. South of Angora Road, Lower Grave Creek Road. East of the Rogue River. West of Tom East Creek, Hog Creek Road, Hog Creek.

Level 2 – GET READY evacuation order for Galice to Bear Camp Road.

Josephine County Emergency Management has set up a wildfire shelter at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Red Cross shelter will be at the Pavilion Building, small companion animals will be at the Floral building, and large livestock panels can be erected as needed.

Medford Alert will continue to monitor the incident and provide updates as available.