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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Niagra Fire burning along Highway 22

The Niagra Fire, 20-30 acres in size, was reported today burning along Highway 22 in the North Cascade District at Milepost 39 near the Big Cliff Dam on Oregon Dept. of Forestry-protected lands. ODF firefighters are performing initial attack. The high-potential fire is burning in heavy timber.

Fire update July 4, 2015

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY (ODF)-PROTECTED LANDS
No new large fires reported on the 16 million acres protected by ODF during the past day.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Sugarloaf and Corner Creek Fires - ODF's Team 1 is managing the suppression operations on these two fires. The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 4,470 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 90 percent contained. The Corner Creek Fire is 22,000 acres and five percent contained. The private lands in the Sugarloaf and Corner Fire areas are protected by the BLM through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. [Go to the ODF wildfire blog,
http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/corner-creek-fire-sugarloaf-fire-update.html for more details.]

The lightning-caused, 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah is approx. 70 percent contained. BLM lands within the Jones Canyon Fire are protected by ODF through an agreement between the protection agencies. A local, Type 3 team is managing the fire. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 388-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 75 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 8,688-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on BLM lands is 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 0312 RN Fire is 2,150 acres and 80 percent contained. It is burning on BLM lands five miles south of Clarno. Cause is under investigation. The fire is being managed by the BLM.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.



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.

January 1, 2015, through July 2, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 98 fires burned 1,002 acres
Human-caused fires: 273 fires burned 591 acres
Total: 371 fires burned 1,593 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 2):
Lightning-caused fires: 35 fires burned 40 acres
Human-caused fires: 173 fires burned 1,360 acres
Total: 208 fires burned 1,400 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.


NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office, 503-508-0574 mobile, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:


The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.


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Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update July 4 morning

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Firefighters continue the hard work to contain the Corner Creek Fire, burning 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire is estimated at 22,000 acres in size and five percent contained. The fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, and conditions remain extremely challenging. Hot and dry weather conditions, with wind gusts up to 20 mph, are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland.

"We're in a tough fight," says Operations Chief, John Flannigan. "We have knocked the fire down a couple of times, but it continues to get back up. We hope to deliver the final blow soon."

Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and continue mop up on the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Private land allotments to the south and west of the fire are threatened. The team is preparing for future expected growth and is working hard to protect structures near the fire.

Ochoco National Forest roads are closed on the north, from the forest boundary at the North Fork of Birch Creek, south along the 5820 Road to the Ochoco Forest boundary at the Rager Airstrip. All roads, trails, and forest lands east of the Ochoco Forest boundary are also closed. Travel on the South Fork John Day Road (County Rd 42) is limited to residents and fire personnel only.

The Sugarloaf Fire is now 90 percent contained with a total size of 4,470 acres. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue on the northeast edge of the fire. The majority of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. A total of 941 resources are assigned to the Sugarloaf and Corner Creek Fires.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. today due to temperatures near 100 degrees and very low humidity. The hot weather conditions are expected to continue through the weekend. Please use caution with fireworks and campfires over the 4th of July weekend. Be sure to check regulated closures at www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx to avoid additional wildfire threats.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire and road closures is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Contact Info:
Fire Information: (541) 987-2348 or cornercreekfireinfo@gmail.com

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update July 3 evening

Corner Creek Fire - Sugarloaf Fire

 July 3, 2015, 8 p.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (541) 987-2348 or cornercreekfireinfo@gmail.com

The Corner Creek Fire continues to grow to the south and west along the South Fork John Day River. Extremely hot and dry weather conditions are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland, burning actively about 11 miles south of Dayville. Firefighters continue to work to protect structures near the fire and prevent the fire from crossing to the east side of the river. The fire is anticipated to burn actively into the night.

Night shift firefighters will concentrate on structure protection, preventing the fire from crossing the river and checking the spread of the fire to the south.

The South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 is closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. A forest closure has also been issued for part of the Ochoco National Forest near the Corner Creek Fire, including the Black Canyon Wilderness and Frazier and Mud Springs campgrounds.

The Sugarloaf Fire continues to burn on its northeast edge in areas with heavy fuels. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue in this area. The rest of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire have little heat and are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. Fire personnel and equipment not needed on these fires are being reassigned to the Corner Creek Fire.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until Saturday at 8:00 p.m., indicating an increased chance of fire development and spread. The hot, dry weather with periods of gusty winds are expected to continue into the weekend.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for July 3, 2015 - Correction

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new large fires reported on ODF protection in the past day.


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Sugarloaf, Corner Creek and Blue Basin Fires – ODF’s Team 1 is managing the suppression operations on these three fires. The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 5,057 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 65 percent contained. The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire grew by 7,000 acres since yesterday to a current size of 19,232 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire conditions are extremely challenging with very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and mop up the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Efforts continue to protect structures, extinguish spot fires, and establish control lines for the fire. 

The private lands in the Sugarloaf and Corner Fire areas are protected by the BLM through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. The lightning-caused 317-acre Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville on BLM-protected lands is 95 percent contained.  [Go to the ODF wildfire blog, http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/corner-creek-fire-sugarloaf-fire-update.html for more details.]
The lightning-caused, 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah is approx. 40 percent contained. BLM lands within the Jones Canyon Fire are protected by ODF through an agreement between the protection agencies. A local, Type 3 team is managing the fire. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 388-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 75 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 8,688-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on BLM lands is 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on BLM lands eight miles north of Drewsy is fully contained. The fire was managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 0312 RN Fire is 700 acres and uncontained. Reported July 2, it is burning on BLM lands five miles south of Clarno. Cause is under investigation. The fire is being managed by the BLM.

 
NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office, 503-508-0574 mobile, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:



 

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:

*  the department’s blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.

* the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

 
ABOUT THIS UPDATE

This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.


OTHER LINKS





 
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Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update - July 3, 2015 morning

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (541) 987-2348 or cornercreekfireinfo@gmail.com

The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire grew by 7,000 acres since yesterday to a current size of 19,232 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire conditions are extremely challenging with very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and mop up the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Efforts continue to protect structures, extinguish spot fires, and establish control lines for the fire.

The South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 from Dayville to US Forest Service 58 Road junction is closed to the general public due to fire activity. Local traffic should drive with caution due to heavy fire-related traffic. The 58 Road and 5820 Road are also closed due to active burning in the vicinity. A forest closure has been issued for part of the Ochoco National Forest near the Corner Creek Fire, including the Black Canyon Wilderness. Mud Springs and Frazier campgrounds are closed to the public.

The Sugarloaf Fire is 85 percent contained, spread over 5,057 acres, but continues to burn along its northeast edge in areas of heavy fuels. Mop-up continues in this area. The remainder of the Sugarloaf Fire and Blue Basin Fire are in patrol status, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. The Blue Basin Fire was declared contained at end of shift yesterday. Fire personnel and equipment are being reassigned as available to the Corner Creek Fire. A total of 851 resources have been assigned to the Sugarloaf and Corner Creek Fires.

Senator Ron Wyden visited Dayville yesterday to thank the firefighters for their hard work and encourage them to continue their efforts into the holiday weekend and the rest of the season. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today at 3 p.m to Saturday at 8 p.m., indicating an increased chance of fire development and spread. The hot, dry weather with periods of gusty winds are expected to continue for several days. Please be cautious with fireworks and campfires and be sure to check regulated closures to avoid additional wildfire threats.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire and road closures is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

ODF's Team 1 takes over Corner Creek Fire

July 2, 2015, 11 a.m.
                                                                            
Oregon Department of Forestry                                                                                                     
Incident Management Team 1                                                                                                        
John Buckman, Incident Commander                                                                                            

Fire Information: (541) 987-2348                                                                                                   

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 has assumed suppression responsibility for the Corner Creek Fire. It is burning on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The Corner Creek Fire has burned 12,750 acres on the Ochoco National Forest, Bureau of Land Management Prineville District, and private lands. Part of the fire is in the Black Canyon Wilderness.

The Corner Creek Fire is growing rapidly, spreading to the south and southwest. Strong and highly visible pyro-cumulus clouds formed over the fire in the afternoon, towering to more than 20,000 feet. Firefighters are protecting structures in the vicinity. Fire crews are looking for opportunities to control the fire spread, including clearing fuels near forest roads to the south and west of the fire. These may be used as fire lines for burnout operations.
The South Fork Road/Hwy 42 has been closed to the general public from Dayville to the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. Local traffic should drive with caution due to heavy fire-related traffic.

The Sugarloaf Fire is now at 5,057 acres and 65 percent containment. Most of the active fire is on the northeastern edge, where burnout operations continue to secure the fire line. Heavier fuels in the forested areas are requiring extensive mop-up. Firefighters continue to patrol and mop up around structures along Dick Creek Road. The western part of Sugarloaf Fire, Blue Basin Fire, and Schoolhouse Gulch Fire are being patrolled by firefighters.
The camp for firefighters assigned to these fires is on Highway 26 about 2.5 miles west of Dayville. Please drive with caution and watch for heavy fire traffic.
The forecast for the rest of the week is a concern for fire managers. The forecast calls for continuing hot weather with low humidity and northwest winds gusting 20 to 25 mph. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Friday and Saturday due to expected hot, dry weather with wind gusts to 30 mph.
Information about the Sugarloaf Fire is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.
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