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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stouts Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 11 p.m.

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-30-2015

CONTACT:  Kyle Reed                                                                                   FAX:  (541) 440-3424
OFFICE:  (541) 672-6507 X 136          CELL: (541) 817-7186                       E-MAIL: 
kyle.reed@oregon.gov


The Stouts Fire, located approximately 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo was reported Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.  When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fast moving fire already several acres in size.  Hot, windy conditions combined with very dry fuels caused the fire to grow extremely fast and sparked numerous spot fires in front of the main fire.  The intensity of the main fire, combined with the numerous spot fires in front of itself, caused the Stouts Fire to “blow up,” going from several hundred acres to approximately 6,000 acres in a matter of hours.

Several homes in the area were threatened by the fire, however no homes have been burned.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane.  A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (ODF IMT 1) has been ordered for the Stouts Fire and will assume command of the fire tomorrow after being briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA’s social media accounts.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT

Below is this evening’s news release on the Cable Crossing Fire from Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3.  Also, a closure for the fire area is posted on the fire’s Inciweb site.  The direct link to open that closure notice is:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/OR73S/2015-07-29-2320-Cable-Crossing-Fire/related_files/pict20150631-002020-0.pdf .

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INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Fire Information: (541) 496-0902http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015


Fire Crews Beat Back the Heat and the Flames



Firefighters are working round the clock under extreme fire behavior conditions to stay ahead of the Cable Crossing Fire. Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, that brings high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, the fire has grown to 830 acres. Containment is estimated at 15 percent.

Supported by a host of helicopters, retardant dropping air tankers, bulldozers and engines, fire crews made considerable progress under extreme temperatures. Objectives were accomplished by holding established containment lines on the north and west end of the fire. With the fire pushing to the south and east, crews kept up with spot fires before they could gain any momentum. The day shift set a nice table for crews working through the night when the fire activity is expected to subside under cooler conditions. The Red Flag Warning is predicted to stay in place through the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms arriving Friday.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3  assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire Thursday afternoon in an effort to bring in additional resources from around the region and provide needed relief to local fire crews.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

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ODF fire team deployed to Stouts Fire in Douglas County

The 200-acre Stouts Fire was reported today burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo in Douglas County. An ODF fire team has been deployed to manage the fast-moving blaze. Multiple resources from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments are on scene. The fire is exhibiting extreme behavior and growing rapidly. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation order for the homes on Ferguson Lane, Stouts Creek, and Conley Lane. The ODF fire team will assume command of the fire suppression operation Friday. Cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon.  As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres.  Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today.  No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued.  The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) was dispatched and arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning, and received their fire briefing from the DFPA.  The IMT will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today.  The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), 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.

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Cable Crossing Fire morning update - July 30, 2015

Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon.  As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres.  Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today.  No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning and received their fire briefing from the Douglas Forest Protective Association.  ODF IMT 3 will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today.  The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at the following locations:




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Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 x136

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Update - Thursday, July 29, 2015 @ 8:30 p.m.

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-29-2015
CONTACT:  Kyle Reed                                                                         FAX:  (541) 440-3424
OFFICE:  (541) 672-6507 X 136              CELL: (541) 817-7186              E-MAIL:  kyle.reed@oregon.gov

The Cable Crossing Fire, located 5 miles east of Glide near Highway 138 East, mile post 23 jumped containment lines today at approximately 5:00 p.m.  As aviation and ground resources moved to attack the new spot fire, a wind shift caused the fire to quickly grow out of control.  At this time, the fire is estimated at 500 acres and is moving in a southeast direction.  Currently, no homes are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) has been called in to manage the Cable Crossing incident.  ODF IMT 3 will arrive on the Cable Crossing Fire tomorrow morning and assume command at 10:00 a.m.  The Incident Command Post will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

For continued updates on the Cable Crossing Fire, visit www.dfpa.net or follow DFPA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Fire protection agencies seek public cooperation

Contacts:       
      
Tom Fields                                                       
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
503-945-7440
 
Rich Hoover
Office of State Fire Marshal
503-934-8217

High Temperatures and Threat of Lightning Forecasted

As the heat returns to the region this week, fire managers are once again spreading the word of caution in efforts to prevent human-caused fires. Fire weather meteorologists are anticipating temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s midweek with a chance of lightning in southern and eastern Oregon arriving Friday. A Red Flag Warning is also in effect for much of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon calling for hot and dry unstable conditions combined with low fuel moisture levels.

As fire season hits full stride, the chances of fires starting and spreading rapidly are of grave concern.

“We’re looking at a formidable fire weather forecast,” said Oregon State Forester Doug Decker. “The benefit of any recent moisture we’ve received has now evaporated, and we’re looking straight at record-breaking temperatures, extremely low humidities, and dry lightning: the trifecta of bad wildfire conditions.”

“This is the time for all Oregonians and visitors to be extremely aware of fire danger. One wrong move with power equipment, a cigarette, or any open flame can spell trouble.”

Homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts alike can contribute to the fire prevention campaign by reducing fire prone activities. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds on public lands and prohibited entirely on all private lands under ODF’s protection. Outdoor debris burning also remains prohibited throughout much of the state. While logging activity is being curtailed under these extreme conditions, many large industrial landowners have also closed their gates to public access in efforts to reduce possible ignitions from off-road driving, target shooting, smoking and campfires; all of which are illegal during fire season.

Should a fire occur close to communities, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging homeowners to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary. “A serious wildfire can come up in a moment’s notice, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home, Walker said. “Make sure to put together a “Go Kit” and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact.” Find out more at www.wildlandfirersg.org .

To date, 621 fires have burned 3,393 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and forest protective associations. Of these, 429 have been caused by people. ODF protects about 16 million acres of private and public forest and grazing land from wildfire in Oregon.

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