Firefighting costs

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has expended a net of $33.6 million for large fires through Sept. 7, 2014. With more wildfire activity possible in the weeks ahead, large-fire costs could grow before season's end.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 17, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

 

NEW FIRES

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

 

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit:  The fire has grown to about 4,000 acres and is about 7% contained.  It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  The fire was human caused and remains under investigation. 

 

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

 

The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

 

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and 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 & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , 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.

 

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Cell   (503) 910-4311

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Desk   (503) 945-7425

Cell     (503) 508-4478

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Connect with us:

www.oregon.gov/ODF |  social media | State Forests Online Community

 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wildfire: It’s not if, but when

Sept. 16, 2014
News contact:
Matt Flock
Community Wildfire Forester
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
541-929-9165, mflock@odf.state.or.us


This fire season has shown to be a long and grueling one. Stretching across the state from Klamath Falls to La Grande to Veneta, it started early and seems not to have an end in sight yet. Defensible space around your home is the critical piece to improve the survivability of your home in the event of a wildfire, and there is still time to create it this fire season.

“Creating defensible space around your home is the best way to make your home more survivable in the wake of a wildfire,” says Oregon Department of Forestry’s Matt Flock. “The more you can do to make your home defensible now, will be critical if a wildfire hits your community and you’re not home.”

When a wildfire starts, there is little to no warning. Defensible space is the way to prepare our homes and property to have a fighting chance in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), said the Community Wildfire Forester.

During a wildfire, firefighters work intensely to prepare homes in the path of a wildfire. The more that landowners can accomplish before the incident happens, the less time firefighters will need to spend preparing the homes and can focus instead on stopping the fire.

“It’s the little things you can do that play a key role in keeping your home, family and community safe,” he said.

Wildfires that occur in the WUI often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Corvallis recently had an 86-acre fire on the north side of town that threatened many homes. For residents, it was a sobering moment of what fire can do and how real it can become to communities near wooded areas.

Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses. Creating defensible space around a house is a proven way to make it less vulnerable to wildfire. The National Firewise Communities Program has great tips for WUI residents to refer to. The program says “Defensible space” simply means to:
  •  Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
  •  Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.
To create defensible space, Firewise advises to start with the house and work your way out:

Check the roof and rain gutters
Leaves and needles in gutters are very susceptible to the ember showers that commonly occur at the head of a raging wildfire. Cleaning that material out from the gutters and off the roof of your home will make it much more difficult for a fire to start there. 

Remove fuel sources close to the house
The perimeter of the home and attachments out to about five feet are vulnerable if organic mulch, arborvitae or other flammable plants are located in that area. A wind-cast ember or a creeping ground fire could ignite fuels in this zone and carry flames to the structure.

Maintain landscaping in the middle zone
Plants in the zone about 30 to 100 feet from the house should be low-growing and well irrigated. Firewise advises to:
  •  Leave 30 feet between clusters of two to three trees, or 20 feet between individual trees.
  •  Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees.
  •  Create fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways and lawns.
  •  Prune trees up six to 10 feet from the ground.
Pruning trees in this way inhibits a wildfire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames from tree to tree, and eventually to the house. Doing that allows the fire to stay on the ground where firefighters can fight the fire and keep its spread to a minimum.

Outer Zone
The zone 100 to 200 feet from the home requires less attention but still should be looked at for ways to create an outer buffer to wildfire. Trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in.
  •  Remove any heavy accumulations of woody debris.
  •  Thin out clusters of small trees and remove ladder fuels that can climb into tree canopies.
  •  Reduce the density of tall trees so canopies are not touching.
Homeowner / Firefighter access
Prune trees along the driveway and trim back shrubs so that the egress to leave your home is not blocked by intense fire behavior. Firefighter will need to use that same road to get into your home as well. Keeping it trimmed and open allows them to do their job and attack the fire as well.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org.
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Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by "Sunset" magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution:  Major Media
September 16, 2014

Contacts:
Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7425, 
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Kris Babbs, Keep Oregon Green Association, 503-945-7499, kbabbs@odf.state.or.us


Fire season 2014 started early and continues to be active in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association are joining together on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, along with a panel of experts, to participate a Twitter chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors to help those in the western United States prepare for a possible wildfire.  Questions will range from how fast a wildfire travels to the best things to do to make your home and garden fire-safe.

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 11 a.m. PDT and follow @SunsetMag
2. Enter #SunsetChat into the search bar and select the “All” search option to follow the chat in real-time.
3. Have a question? Tweet it using #SunsetChat; Sunset will pulse as many as they can out to the panelists.

With fire season still at the forefront of the news in the west, ODF and KOG hope that participating in this Twitter chat can help inform all Oregonians about how they can prevent wildfires, and things they can do to best remain fire-safe this year and prepare for future fire seasons in Oregon.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

NEW FIRES

1224 Fire: This 11 acre fire near Wallowa started yesterday afternoon.  Fire growth has been stopped and crews will be using dozers and crews to secure the perimeter.



CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit:  This over 3,500 acre fire started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  It has also crept onto ODF protected Bureau of Land Management lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry are using a unified command to fight the fire. The fire was human caused and remains under investigation.

Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the fire. The fire threatens 168 homes. The OSFM Blue Incident Management Team is responding along with two structural protection task forces.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3, immediate evacuation order for residents of SE Fall Creek Road, Michaels Road. A Level 1 order (Get Ready) has been issued for residents of Tumala Mountain Road east of Divers Road.

The Lazy Bend Campground remains closed as well as other recreation sites along Highway 224. No additional evacuations have been ordered. The Silver Fox RV Park remains closed. The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the First Baptist Church of Estacada. For information about evacuations go to the Clackamas County website (http://www.clackamas.us).  For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712. The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and 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 & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , 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.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell   (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | ODF social media | State Forests Online Community


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

NEW FIRESNo new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.
 
CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
  • Yellow Point Fire: This is the final update for the Yellow Point Fire. The fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 85% contained. Management Team #3 has transferred command to a Type 3 organization. Fire crews will continue work in the area, and full containment is expected at 7 p.m. tonight. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation. 
  • West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 35% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and 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 & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , 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
 
Connect with us:
 

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OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRYINCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3DAN THORPE, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Yellow Point Fire
September 14, 2014
Final Update
Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) has transferred command of the Yellow Point Fire to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District’s Matt Mackey. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots, patrol, fire line rehabilitation and begin pulling equipment off of the fire line.

The 790-acre fire is now 85% contained. Full containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

ODF’s IMT #3 wishes to thank the many cooperators that made the fire suppression effort a success. The fire was a testament to Oregon’s complete and coordinated fire protection system that includes active participation from forest landowners. Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company and Bureau of Land Management played significant roles in meeting suppression objectives and minimizing acres burned. The team would also like to thank Lane County for allowing the use of the Alma Forestry Work Center for the incident command post and fire camp. The Work Center’s proximity to the fire played dividends in helping the team and crews gain access to the incident.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

 
 
 
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size:
790 acres

Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 85%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26)

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 11; engines 8; tenders 4; helicopters 3 (stand-by)
Total personnel: 214
Estimated Cost: $5,000,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices

 
For More Information: 541-935-4420
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 13, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

NEW FIRESNo new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
  • Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 70% contained. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation. 
  • West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 25% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and 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 & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , 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
 
Connect with us:
 
 
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Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

 
 

Yellow Point Fire

September 13, 2014 Update
 
Fire crews have stood the test against the wind and now are preparing to put the finishing touches on the Yellow Point Fire. The 790-acre fire is now 70 percent contained.
 
Many crews were released today and will head to their home units for some well-deserved R&R as they get ready for their next assignment. While the fire attack has been a 24-hour affair for the last seven days, night shift crews are either on their way home or moving over to days. A few resources will continue overnight patrols and security for the fire area.
 
Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) will transfer command to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District’s Matt Mackey, tomorrow afternoon. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.
 
Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.
 
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.
 
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size:
790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 70%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). 
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
 
Resources: crews 26; engines 18; tenders 13; dozers 1; helicopters 3
Total personnel: 624
Estimated Cost: $4,187,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices
 
For More Information: 541-935-4420
 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

NEW FIRESNo new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.
CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
  • Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 51% contained. Firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today and through the weekend. Road closures are still in effect and can be found at the fire’s Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. 
  • West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Cause is under investigation. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and 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 & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , 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
Connect with us:
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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander
 
Yellow Point Fire
September 12, 2014 Update
The Yellow Point Fire remains 790 acres and is now 51 percent contained.
While the fire activity has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours, firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today through the weekend. While winds are expected to subside later in the day, temperatures are likely to increase and stay hot through Sunday. Any fire ignition outside containment lines carries the potential for rapid fire spread.
Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.
Due to fire traffic, road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.
 
FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size:
790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 51%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);

M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). 
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Resources: crews 33; engines 27; tenders 14; dozers 1; helicopters 6
Total personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,600,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices
For More Information: 541-935-4420
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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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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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.