2015 another severe fire season

In 2015, more than 631,000 acres burned on all forestland jurisdictions in Oregon. Firefighting costs totaled $240.5 million.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

HIGH PASS 12.5 FIRE UPDATE
Residents along High Pass Road affected by the Level 1 evacuation order can rest a little easier today.  ODF reminds all Oregonians to be careful at home and in the forest to prevent a wildfire from starting.  Weather conditions are better than a few days ago but fuels are still very dry and susceptible to fire.

Due to heavy fire fighting traffic, there is still a road block on High Pass Rd at the west end of Lavell Road.

The High Pass 12.5 Fire is entering the next stage: mop-up.  At the 5:30 a.m. morning briefing in fire camp, Day Operations Supervisor Matt Flock gave the fire fighters direction to not leave any hot spots for the district personnel to handle.  Last night the fire was flown and an Infra-red camera was used to detect where the hot spots (heat) remains in the ground.  In addition, handheld Infra-red cameras were used on the ground by fire fighters who walk the burn area. Fluorescent flagging marks hot spots on the ground for the fire fighters to expose and extinguish.

It takes a tremendous amount of personnel to cover the fire area and mop-up the heavy fuels.
Resources on the fire today are: 22 (20 person) crews, 2 medium and 2 light helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 11 water tenders.  

There are a total of 537 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire size remains unchanged at 195 acres and is 35% contained.

To date, no injuries and only one heat related incident has occurred.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

HIGH PASS 12.5 FIRE UPDATE: Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity kept the fire from growing today. The fire is 195 acres and completely trailed. Fire crews spent today working to improve fire lines and string hose from portable water tanks and engines for mop-up operations.
A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for High Pass Road west of Lavell Road.
For public and firefighters’ safety, BLM has issued a road closure at Road 16-6-17 from Hwy 36 and Road 15-6-33.1 from Owen’s Creek Rd.
Night Operations Supervisor Nils Storksen told the firefighters during this evening's briefing that “All the exciting work is done, now the hard work begins (mopping up hot spots and digging out burning stump holes), it’s back to basics with safety first.”

Friday, August 26, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-26-16


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

New fires more than 10 acres:

High Pass 12.5 Fire
The High Pass 12.5 Fire was reported Thursday afternoon burning 10 miles west of Junction City. An ODF incident management team was assigned to the fire and will receive a briefing from the local district later today. The fire has burned 200 acres of timber and reprod in steep, rugged terrain on Bureau of Land Management land and private industrial timberlands. No structures are threatened. Cause is under investigation.

Update:

2500 Road Fire
Containment lines on the 2500 Road Fire stood up to heavy winds yesterday and passed the test with flying colors. The fire remains 202 acres and is now 70 percent contained. Mop-up operations will continue today. Cause is under investigation.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The fire located five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove has stabilized at 530 acres and is now 60 percent contained. Some air and ground resources will be released today to assist on other fires burning in the region. Cause is under investigation.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions:For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Hot Springs
The 313-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning grass seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 90 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Cherry Road Fire
The Cherry Road Fire has burned 35,308 acres. The fire is located seven miles south of Adrian and is 70 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire
The 32,170-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 45 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance
Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances. Law enforcement and wildfire protection agencies at all levels are working hard to solve these crimes and prevent future arsons. Vigilance is high among Oregon State Police troopers, county sheriff's deputies, and state and federal forestry agencies' field personnel. Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

Fire Statistics
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.

January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 61 fires burned 2,338 acres
Human-caused fires: 525 fires burned 2,902 acres
Total: 586 fires burned 5,240 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):

Lightning-caused fires: 275 fires burned 28,719 acres
Human-caused fires: 484 fires burned 4,520 acres
Total: 759 fires burned 33,239 acres

For info on breaking fires, go to the department's wildfire blog.

Firefighters battling fire, heat in Lane County

Aug. 26, 2016                         

Contact:
Tom Fields
503-983-8897, tom.fields@oregon.gov

The Oregon Department of Forestry has its hands full this morning with a fire that started in the late afternoon yesterday 10 miles west of Junction City. The High Pass 12.5 Fire has burned roughly 200 acres in remote timberland of Lane County. The fire is expected to grow considerably today given the conditions and terrain. Fire officials estimate that the fire is 10 percent contained. No structures are threatened.

Continued hot and windy conditions combined with tinder dry forest fuels have prompted ODF's Western Lane District to call for one of the agencies incident management teams. ODF's Type 1 IMT 2 (Chris Cline incident commander), comprised of 33 overhead personnel and support staff from across Oregon, will receive a briefing about the fire later today.

Currently, more than 200 firefighters are assigned to the fire that is burning in timber and young plantations in steep rugged terrain primarily on Bureau of Land Management and private industrial timberlands. The firefighters are being supported with two medium and two large helicopters, several fire engines and two retardant-dropping air tankers. The district is also receiving support from BLM, the U.S. Forest Service and several private landowners and forest workers.

Fire officials are hopeful that the recent heat wave will come to an end soon. Four ODF districts west of the Cascades imposed Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 today that calls for a general shutdown of all forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Many workers unable to work due to the shutdown will be able to assist the district with the fire.


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2500 Road Fire update - 08-26-16 a.m.

Yesterday’s weather tested the fire lines as predicted, but all three of the containment lines held. ODF District Forester Mike Totey said “They passed the test.”

And the wind and lower relative humidity actually aided firefighters in locating hot spots inside the perimeter by causing them to heat up and smoke.

Further mop-up of the fires will continue today. The northernmost section of the fire (Division A) has several hot spots inside the containment line. Some fire crews will shift from the other divisions to add capacity to this portion today.

Fire personnel will be gliding down the next two days to have the right-sized crews remaining on the fire to support the objectives. There will be crews working on the fire until it is in a patrol status. The fire team is working on plans to return management of the fire back to the local district.  

Fogarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are using it for fire camp.

Although there has not been a lot of smoke in the area, current smoke information for Oregon can be found on the Oregon Smoke Blog, http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

The Oregon Health Authority recommends that individuals with asthma, other lung disease or heart disease may be more sensitive to health effects from wildfire smoke and should reduce the amount of time spent outdoors, or stay inside.

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FIRE AT A GLANCE

Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel: 364
Hand crews: 16
Helicopters: 2
Engines: 14
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 6
Total acres: 202
Containment: 70%
Estimated cost: $845,000

Information officer:
Tina Young
Oregon Department of Forestry
971-701-7105

Mop-up continues on Cleveland Ridge Fire

Contact:       Brian Ballou, 541-621-4156

Night shift firefighters made good progress toward the goal of completely extinguishing all hot spots 100 feet inside of the fire line around the Cleveland Ridge Fire. Today, more than 260 day-shift firefighters continue the task of mopping up smoldering stumps and other vegetation burned by the fire that began on Monday.

The fire has stabilized at 530 acres and is 60 percent contained.

Some crews, fire engines and aircraft will be released from the fire today, as there are other wildfires burning elsewhere in Oregon that need additional firefighting resources. The fire camp at TouVelle State Park will stay in place through the weekend and possibly into early next week.

The fire burned on private and Bureau of Land Management forestland five miles north/northwest of Shady Cove. Rehabilitation projects to protect the landscape against undue erosion and invasive plants will begin as mop-up operations penetrate deeper into the burned area.

Information about fire activity and fire prevention regulations are posted on the “ODF Southwest Oregon District” Facebook page, @ODFSouthwest, and the website www.swofire.com. Maps of the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.

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For info on wildfires in SW Oregon, www.swofire.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ODF fire update - 08-25-16

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands

NEW FIRES OVER 10 ACRES:
None 

UPDATE

2500 Road Fire
This fire is three miles northeast of Depoe Bay. Updated mapping shows the current size at 202 acres. The fire is now 20 percent contained. Mop-up operations will continue today to better secure the fire perimeter.

Strong winds out of the northeast are expected today that will test containment lines.

Fogarty Creek State Park remains closed to the public while firefighters use the facility for fire camp.

Cleveland Ridge Fire
The Cleveland Ridge Fire is completely trailed and 35 percent contained. Updated mapping shows the current fire size at 530 acres.

Tactics for today include strengthening containment lines with aerial support and mopping up hot spots along the fire perimeter.

Temperatures are expected to be in the high 90s and humidity will be around 10 percent. This combination will produce active fire behavior that will test containment lines.

A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in effect for residents in the immediate area of the fire.

Cause is under investigation. Maps and additional information for the Cleveland Ridge Fire can be found at https://swofiredata.com.


Fires on Other Jurisdictions
For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  

Hot Springs
The 313-acre Hot Springs Fire, burning in grass fuels seven miles north of Warm Springs, is 31 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.   

Cherry Road Fire
The 35,100-acre Cherry Road Fire burning seven miles south of Adrian is 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

Rail Fire
The 32,510-acre Rail Fire burning 10 miles WSW of Unity is 47 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

 
Fire Investigators Seeking Assistance
Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances.

Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

Current wildfire info

The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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Protection jurisdiction
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state- and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.

Fire suppression policy
The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.

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