Firefighting costs

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has expended a net of $30.5 million for large fires as of mid-August. With more wildfire activity possible in the weeks ahead, large-fire costs could grow before season's end.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Evacuation Alert Removed from Humbug Creek Road

Fire officials monitoring the Old Blue Mountain Fire today will remove the Level 1 evacuation alert from homes on Humbug Creek Rd at 6:00 p.m. The portions of road affected by the alert include homes on the main fork (address 2542 and up) and the entire left fork.

The evacuation alert was ordered early Tuesday afternoon by Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9 and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.

The roadblock near the 4 mile marker on the right fork of Foots Creek Rd remains in place.

ODF Southwest Oregon District fire activity information and current fire prevention regulations are posted online at www.swofire.com.

Mop-up hits high gear on Old Blue Mountain Fire

Thousands of gallons of helicopter-borne water was poured on the Old Blue Mountain Fire Tuesday, significantly knocking out numerous hot spots within the 99-acre blaze that broke out late Monday during a thunderstorm. 
Early this morning, Incident Commander Steve Wetmore (ODF) reported “Old Blue is one hundred percent lined and one hundred percent plumbed,” meaning the fire line was completed overnight and a system of fire hoses now encircles the burned area.
The fire is 30 percent contained.
The firefighters’ objective today is to mop-up hot spots 300 feet inside the fire line and patrol outside of the fire line to watch for spot fires. Helicopters and air tankers are available, if necessary.
No new fires were reported yesterday on ODF’s Southwest Oregon District. Reconnaissance flights are in the air today to search for holdover fires from Monday’s thunderstorms.
A Level 1 evacuation alert (Be Ready) remains in effect for portions of Humbug Creek Rd. in Jackson County:
·         All homes on the left fork of Humbug Creek Rd;
·         Addresses 2542 and above on the main fork of Humbug Creek Rd (the dirt portion).
The status of the evacuation level will be reviewed this afternoon. More progress on perimeter mop-up is necessary before removing the evacuation alert.
Also, the roadblock near the 4 mile marker on the right fork of Foots Creek Rd remains in place today.
ODF Southwest Oregon District fire activity information and current fire prevention regulations are posted online at www.swofire.com.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for August 19, 2014


NEW LARGE FIRES

The Old Blue Mountain Fire was reported to the Salem Coordination Center this morning.

Monday's thunderstorms spread lightning across the Siskiyou Mtns in southwest Jackson County and southeast Josephine County with eight fires found so far. All but one are under an acre in size, the largest is the 40-acre Old Blue Mountain Fire located approximately 8 miles south of the city of Rogue River.

It is estimated at 60 acres and has a fire line around 75 percent of the perimeter. A roadblock is in place on the Right Fork of Foots Creek Rd to restrict access to fire-related traffic.

No evacuations have been requested. Reconnaissance flights are searching for holdover fires


FIRE UPDATES
Gulch Fire
The Gulch Fire was reported Sunday five miles south of Wallowa. Aggressive initial attack took place on this 46-acre fire; it is now contained and controlled, and in patrol status.

Rogue River Drive Fire

Located near Shady Cove in Jackson County 15 miles north of Medford, The Rogue River Drive Fire is currently at 492 acres and 70% contained. No structures have been lost.

More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328, Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
 
South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands). These July 31 lightning-caused fires cover approximately 65,138 acres and are 78% contained.
A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires.

More information online: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/  
Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com 

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.



Cynthia Orlando, ODF
Desk 503.945.7421 Cell 503.510.7972
caorlando@odf.state.or.us


 

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 18

LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

NEW LARGE FIRES
Gulch Fire (NE Oregon): reported yesterday (Sunday) five miles south of Wallowa at 46 acres. The fire is mostly contained and currently in mop-up. Crews will continue to monitor throughout the week.

UPDATES
Southwest Oregon

·       Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 70% contained. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx 

Central Oregon

·       South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,990 acres and are 72% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | Twitter @SouthForkInfo | Facebook: South Fork Complex | southforkcomplex@gmail.com 

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

FIRE STATISTICS
# of lightning-caused fires YTD & acreage on ODF protected lands: 347 fires/47,709 acres
# of human-caused fires YTD & acreage on ODF protected lands: 457 fires/9,505 acres
Total # & acres on ODF protected lands: 804 fires/57,215 acres
Total # and acres in 2013 on ODF protected lands: 852 fires/103,450 acres
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 15

LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

NEW LARGE FIRES
There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours. This will be the final update until Monday, August 18, pending any new fire activity over the weekend.

UPDATES
Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature this week.

Southwest Oregon

·       Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 50% contained. Today’s priority includes continued mop-up of the area. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx 

Northeast Oregon

·       5 Mile Fire: this will be the final update for the 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 95% contained.  It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.

Central Oregon

·       South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,809 acres and are 50% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com 

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
State Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us   

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 14

LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION

NEW LARGE FIRES
There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours.

UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)

Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature slightly this week.

Southwest Oregon

·       Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 600-700 acres. Evacuation levels have lessened, with all affected areas now at a level 1 (get ready) evacuation notice status. The threat to structures has lessened enough to demobilize local task forces. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx 

Northeast Oregon

·       5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 90% contained.  It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.
·       Broady Creek: started Tuesday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant.  At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are continuing mop-up operations.

 Central Oregon

·       South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,767 acres and are 40% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com 
·       Rowena Fire: This is the last update for the Rowena Fire. A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, and is 100% contained. More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: ODF The Dalles Unit Office 541-296-4626 | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us     

 
FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - Aug. 13

LARGE FIRES WITHIN ODF PROTECTION
 
NEW LARGE FIRES
Rogue River Drive (SW Oregon): started Monday, the Rogue River Drive fire, located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), has grown to 600 acres. Nearly 130 structures are currently threatened. Erratic winds in the area have been reported, and Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response. Cause is under investigation.

Broady Creek (NE Oregon): started yesterday, this fire is located in steep inaccessible terrain within Joseph Canyon on ODF protected lands. The fire is staffed with rappellers and smoke jumpers, and has been boxed in with retardant.  At this time the fire is estimated at 20 acres, resources have checked the spread and are beginning mop-up operations.

Deer Creek (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). No additional fire growth from yesterday.

Deep Canyon (NE Oregon): fire operations were transferred back to WDNR. No additional fire growth. Resources are engaged in full scale mop-up.
 
UPDATES
(Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system corresponding to Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest)
 
Southwest Oregon
Beaver Complex: This is the last update on this fire. Klamath-Lake District (most acreage here) and Southwest Oregon District crews have been heavily involved in this ongoing effort. The fire received some rain from the thunderstorms that passed over yesterday afternoon.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 35,147 acres (about 9,500 in California) 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, and is 90% contained. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ | Fire Information Number: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx 
 
Northeast Oregon
Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 85% contained.  It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119 staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Central Oregon
Rain moderated fire behavior yesterday, and firefighters worked to take advantage of wetter conditions.

South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 64,883 acres and are 30% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com 

Rowena Fire: A 3,680 acre fire that started August 5, currently 90% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Total estimated ODF/OSFM cost: $4.3 million. More Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4061/ | Fire Info Hotlines: 971-701-4186 and 971-701-4212, staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Twitter: @RowenaFire2014 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/RowenaFire2014 | Register for Wasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Alert Emergency Notification Program: www.co.wasco.or.us     
 
FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
 
FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.
 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.
 
NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
 
 
Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
State Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481
 
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Extremely dry conditions exist across most forestlands in Oregon currently. Large wildfires to date this season have been both lightning- and human-caused.

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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.

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