Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oregon Gulch Fire burning on Nat'l Monument in SW Oregon

The Oregon Gulch Fire was reported burning July 31 about 15 miles SW of Ashland. By late afternoon it had grown to 1,000 acres in size. The fire is burning on the Bureau of Land Management's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry provides fire protection to BLM lands in western Oregon. ODF is currently working the fire with heavy  air tankers and helicopters.

A Level 1 evacuation has been ordered for the Copco Road. Residents have been notified to be prepared to evacuate in the event it becomes necessary. No homes have been destroyed by the fire.

More information available at: http://www.swofire.com/ 

 

Beaver Complex fire update - July 31, 2014 afternoon


Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Phone:  541-826-1599
Information desk hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 July 31, 2014, 2:30 p.m.                    

Special Message: A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight for abundant lightning with dry fuels.

Current Situation: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Cline) assumed command of the Beaver Complex at 10:30 a.m. today. The Salt Creek Fire, approximately 100 acres in size, is the largest fire within the complex. Along with suppression of the Salt Creek Fire, the team will provide management of smaller fires burning near Salt Creek as they become identified. The Salt Creek Fire is burning in steep terrain on a parcel of Bureau of Land Management land protected by ODF. The Salt Creek Fire was ignited by lightning from a storm that moved through yesterday afternoon. The Incident Command Post is located at TouVelle State Park on Table Rock Road.

Weather: Another round of scattered thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening. Rain will accompany most storms, but abundant lightning is expected to be a major concern due to dry fuels. Temperatures will range from 95 to 100 degrees. Isolated thunderstorms are expected again on Friday.

FIRE AT A GLANCE: 
Location:  0 miles northwest of Medford             
Percent Contained: 0                     
Complex Size: 100 acres                                             
Cause: Lightning                               
Start Date: July 30, 2014                                                      
 
Resources Include: 5 hand crews, 6 fire engines, 3 bulldozers, 4 water tenders, 5 helicopters, 1 air tanker and overhead personnel. Total personnel: 150  

Places to get information:

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Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 31, 2014

FIRES Lightning continued to move through southwest/southern Oregon, the Cascades, and central Oregon yesterday afternoon and evening, igniting fires in those areas of the state on all ownerships.  Firefighting agencies are busy doing reconnaissance and initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible strikes.  Lightning continues in the forecast for the remainder of the week and through the week-end.

Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Southwest Oregon District:  Last night’s lightning storms in the area resulted in several fire starts on ODF’s Southwest Oregon District, with the largest being the 80-100-acre Salt Creek Fire, north of Sprignett Butte near Salt Creek Road, approximately 10 miles west of Shady Cove, and two other 10-acre fires Round Top Butte in the same general vicinity.  ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) has been dispatched to assist the district with these and other fire starts as needed.

For the second time this fire season, ODF is initiating Operations Plan Smokey to deploy National Guard Helicopters to support the wildland fire-fighting effort. The Governor’s prior declaration covers this as it was to remain in effect until the fire threat is significantly relieved or the fire season ends.  Today’s request for resources include two heavy helicopters (Chinooks) and one light helicopter (Lakota) in support of the “Beaver Complex Fire” just north of Medford Oregon.  The Medivac ship for state-wide mobilization is also under consideration today. 

Southwest Oregon District – Grants Pass Unit: The Reeves Creek Fire, that was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m., burning on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry south of Selma ((25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County), is reported today as 75 percent contained, at 204 acres and in mop-up. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

Central Oregon District – John Day Unit:  Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) assumed command of the Haystack Complex at 6:00 a.m. on July 31, 2014  The Incident Command Post is located at Spray and the fires, on private lands, are full suppression fires.  Current status: Haystack Fire: ODOT opened State Route 207 the afternoon on July 30, 2014 after fire activity slowed in the area.  The fire is located approximately three miles northeast of Spray and is now estimated at approximately 890 acres; Steet Fire, located in the Monument vicinity, and is currently mapped at approximately 50 acres; Throop Fire: located three miles north of Dayville and currently mapped at approximately 490 acres.  All these fires are burning in a mixed fuel type comprised of scattered conifers, brush and grasses. Firefighting resources continue to arrive at the incident and current resources working on the incident include 10 crews, 6 dozers, 12 engines, 3 tenders, and 300 personnel.  Air resources are available from the John Day Helibase and include three air tankers and four helicopters.  Information on this complex will be available on the Inciweb site at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4020/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

As management of these fires continues to result in Incident Management Teams transitioning them back over to local units, they will be removed from this list; information may still be found on the Inciweb site (URL above).

Pumice Complex:  Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, the Pumice Flat Fire was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before).  The local South Central Oregon Incident Management Team (IC Leyland Hunter) assumed command of the fire earlier in the week, and that fire remains 100 percent lined, 25 acres, 75 percent containment.  However, last night additional lightning strikes resulted in 16 known additional fire starts within the park, so the team is now working on that complex of fires, with a strategy of 100 percent suppression. More information on this fire can be found on the fire’s Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4014/.

Launch Fire:  Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 began managing operations on this fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area on the Fremont-Winema National Forest this morning, July 31.  The fire, approximately 75 acres, has resulted in special restrictions and prohibitions to roads, trails, and specific areas of the Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Klamath Ranger District.  More information on this fire can be found on the fire’s Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4018/ .

Kitten Complex: 22,700 acres, 90 percent contained.  Management of these fires (Brogan Hill, Kitten Canyon, North Juniper, and Stemler) is being turned back of to the local unit (BLM Vale District) tonight.

Bridge 99 Complex: 5,699 acres, 95 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex: 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained. Management of this complex transitioned to a small team on July 30, 2014.

Bingham Complex: 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire: 900 acres, 20 percent contained.  The Wallowa-Whitman National Fire is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dropping water on hot spots, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands.  Yesterday, the fire was active on the south end, and crews also conducted burn-out on the northwest corner of the fire, strengthening the line nearest to private lands.

Buzzard Complex: 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire: 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires: 10,447 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire: 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

 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 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.
 

ODF deploys fire teams to southwest, central Oregon

New lightning-caused wildfires prompted the Oregon Dept. of Forestry to deploy two of its incident management teams July 30, one to multiple fires in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District, and the other to fires in the Southwest Oregon District.

ODF Team 1 was dispatched to the Haystack Complex of three fires located near the communities of Dayville, Spray and Monument.  

ODF Team 2 went to the Salt Creek Fire within the Beaver Complex about 10 miles north of the community of Central Point. Multiple fires make up the complex, but Salt Creek is the fire of primary concern. The Oregon National Guard Dispatched three helicopters in support of the Beaver Complex.

ODF has bolstered its firefighting capacity with some overhead (fire-line supervisors) drawn from Alaska, along with fire engines obtained from other states to maintain adequate initial attack capability. These resources help enable the department to continue to support suppression operations on large fires.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fremont-Winema Nat'l Forest regrets loss of contract firefighter

 
 
Klamath Falls, Oregon – On July 29, a firefighter from a contract fire crew assigned to the Launch Fire suffered a fatal injury not related to fire suppression activities.
 
An investigation into the death is being led by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the victim’s family has been notified.
 
Specific details surrounding the investigation, including the victim’s name and the nature of the circumstances leading up to his death, will be released through the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office. Any additional details will be released as soon as they become available.
 
The Forest and the entire wildland fire community are saddened by the tragic loss of one of our firefighters,” said Connie Cummins, Forest Supervisor for the Fremont-Winema National Forest. “Our hearts go out to their family, friends and co-workers.”
 
“We are saddened by this news,” added Acting Regional Forester Becki Lockett Heath.  “The death of anyone involved with protecting life and property from wildfire affects us all. We send our thoughts and prayers from the Forest Service to all who knew and cared for him.”
 
On July 28, the Launch Fire started in the Sky Lakes Wilderness on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. It is estimated to be around 100 acres. An investigation of the origin of the fire determined that it was human caused.  Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations has gathered evidence at the fire origin, is interviewing witnesses, and is following up on several leads.

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update, Wednesday, July 30, 2014


This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

FIRES
Lightning moved through southwest Oregon, the Cascades, and central, southeast Oregon last night igniting fires across the state on all ownerships.  Firefighting agencies are busy doing reconnaissance and initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible strikes.  Lightning continues in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Southwest Oregon District – Grants Pass Unit: The Reeves Creek Fire, that was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m., burning on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry south of Selma ((25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County), is reported today as 50 percent contained, at 232 acres.  The fire had previously, yesterday, evening, been reported at 90 percent contained, but that has been reduced because of weather concerns, including a Red Flag Warning in effect for much of the district and that the area may receive strong, erratic winds, 100-degree temperatures, and vegetation in the fire area being extremely dry. The cause is under investigation.

Central Oregon District – John Day Unit:  Lightning yesterday afternoon and last night caused several fires in an area of the communities of Dayville, Spray, and Monument.  A local Incident Management Team was dispatched and has made good progress controlling two of the three major fires on ODF forestlands.  These fires are the 100-acre Street Fire, burning six miles northeast of Monument, which poses the most serious control issues at this time; the Haystack Fire, burning four miles northeast of Spray – 800 acres, and the Troop Fire, the biggest of three fires burning three miles north of Dayville, at approximately 250 acres.   

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

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

Pumice Flat – Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before).  The local South Central Oregon Incident Management Team (IC Leyland Hunter) has assumed command of the fire which is 100 percent lined today, but still at 25 acres and now at 75 percent containment.  There continues to be spot fires and isolated torching to the north end, and, as elsewhere, red flag warnings remain in effect and last night’s thunderstorms brought multiple lightning strikes to the area that are being investigated.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 85 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex – 5,699 acres, 95 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained. Management of this fire is being transitioned to a small team today, July 30, 2014.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 502 acres, 20 percent contained.  The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dropping water on hot spots, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands. 

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,447 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

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 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.

 

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR  97310
Desk 503-945-7201
Cell   503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 29, 2014


FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Reeves Creek Fire - The fire was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m. Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire's perimeter. Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire's footprint, but none was burned. Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts. No evacuations were necessary. Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available. The Reeves Creek Fire is burning on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit. The cause is under investigation.

Ferguson Fire - Currently 200 acres in size and 100 percent contained, the fire burned on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 transferred management of the fire back to ODF's Klamath-Lake District this morning, July29. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last update on this fire.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at:
http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

Pumice Flat - Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). Currently 25 acres, burning in mixed conifer forests, aggressive suppression action being taken; all park facilities remain open.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 80 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,699 acres, 88 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex - 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained.

Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire - 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires - 10,440 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire - 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.


Launch Fire - 100 acres, uncontained. 



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.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us

Contact Info:
Jeri Chase
Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us

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