Friday, July 25, 2014

Rye Valley Fire Evening Update; Friday, July 25, 2014


Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

 
 

Rye Valley Fire

Evening Update
July 25, 2014

 


 

 

Fire At A Glance

Note: This will be the final day of a morning and evening news release. Beginning tomorrow, one news release will be produced in the late afternoon.
 
The Rye Valley Fire is holding at 1,392 acres and is now 35 percent contained. Firefighters’ primary objectives include strengthening established containment lines and mopping up hot spots along the perimeter of the fire to prevent future spread. They are also beginning the important task of rehabilitation in areas affected by fire suppression efforts.
 
Several islands of unburned vegetation remain within the perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to isolate these areas with additional containment lines and cooling hot spots.
 
The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper on public and private lands within the Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District and Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northeast Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 is directing the suppression effort.
 
Cooperating agencies include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington.
 
 
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Size: 1,392 acres
 
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
 
Containment: 35%
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
 
Personnel: 159
Air Tankers:
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  8
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3
 
Estimated Cost:  $400,000
 
Evacuations: None
 
Structures: 0
 
Closures/Restrictions:  
 
Announcements: None
 
For More Information: (503) 983-8897

 

ODF Daily Fire Update for Friday, July 25, 2014


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Friday, July 25, 2014

FIRES

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

Rye Valley Fire:  This fire was reported approximately 15 miles northwest of Huntington on July 23, caused by lightning, burning on BLM lands in the Vale district.  It posed a threat to ODF Northeast Oregon District’s protected lands, so ODF Incident Management Team 3 was dispatched yesterday and assumed command of the fire at 7 p.m. PDT.  Reports this morning indicate excellent progress on fire operations overnight, with containment lines now completely surrounding the 1392-acre fire.  More information on this fire is available on the fire’s Incwieb site at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4002/.

 Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 90 percent contained and in full mop-up. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.  Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. Today firefighters will work on any hot spots that could threaten fire lines, and will continue mop-up. Resources include: 16 hand crews, 33 fire engines, eight water tenders and a total of 612 personnel. The Western Montana Incident Management Team [Fry] will transition management of this fire to a local team on July 26.  Unless something unanticipated occurs, this will be the last report on this fire and the remainder of the fires within the Pine Creek Complex.  Inciweb site:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3969/.

Sunflower Fire – The fire is 7,170 acres and 80 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. On Saturday, the large fire Incident Management Team (IC Wilde) will transition to a local management team.  This will be the last report on this fire unless something unanticipated occurs.   Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/.

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 new fires start, and older ones are contained and turned over to local control, they will be added to and dropped from the following list.)

Camp Creek Fire [11 miles SE of Juntura, lightning start detected on 7/23/14] – 5,300 acres, 40 percent contained
Kitten Complex [Kitten Canyon, Brogan Hill, North Juniper, and Stemler Fires; all lightning starts detected on July 25th. Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team (Greg Poncin) assumed command on July 25th] – 20,664 total acres, 0 percent contained
Pine Creek Complex – Total acres: 102,209 [will transition from the Type !! Western Montana IMT (IC Fry) to a local fire management team on July 26th. Last Update.]
--Pine Creek Fire – 30,245 acres, 95 percent contained
--Black Rock Fire –35,039 acres, 95 percent contained
--Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained
--Jack Knife Fire – 13,263 acres, 100 percent contained
Bridge 99 Complex - 5,960 acres, 67 percent contained
Ochoco Complex – 10,195 acres, 59 percent contained
--Lava Fire – 191 acres, 95 percent contained
--Antelope Fire – 21 acres, 100 percent contained
--Broadway Fire – 5 acres, 100 percent contained
--Fox/Oscar Canyon Fire – 9,978 acres, 29 percent contained
Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained [will transition from the Washington Interagency IMT 4 (IC Larry Nickey) to a local team out of Detroit Ranger Station on Sunday, July, 27th . Last update]
--Bingham Ridge Fire – 275 acres
--Lizard Fire – 175 acres
Pittsburg Fire – 8,288 acres, 100 percent contained [transitioned from Washington Interagency IMT 1 to a local team out of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Last update.]
Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained
Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained
Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 50 percent contained.
Logging Unit Fires – 10,488 acres, 60 percent contained.
--Skyline Fire – 116 acres
--Haily Butte Fire – 108 acres
--Logging Unit Fire – 313 acres
--Camas Prairie Fire – 6,379 acres
--Bear Butte 2 – North – 3,884 acres

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.
Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained [Last update]

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

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, page the duty officer at 503-370-0403. The duty officer will call back/return pages promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Fire Program | General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR  97310
Desk 503.945.7425
Cell   503.508.0574
rnichols@odf.state.or.us

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Rye Valley Fire Morning Update, Friday, July 25, 2014


 

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

 
 

Rye Valley Fire

Morning Update
July 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

 


 

 

Fire At A Glance

Favorable weather conditions allowed fire crews to make substantial progress on the Rye Valley Fire near Huntington in eastern Oregon.
 
Crews and bulldozers have constructed containment lines completely around the 1,392 acre fire. A Type II helicopter (medium size), a large air tanker and three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) provided air support to the crews on the ground. Today’s actions call for strengthening those lines and beginning mop up operations from the perimeter towards the interior. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.
 
The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper on public and private lands within the Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District and Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northeast Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 is directing the suppression effort.
 
Cooperating agencies include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington.
 
 
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Size: 1,392 acres
 
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
 
Containment: 20%
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
 
Personnel: 159
Air Tankers: 3 SEATs
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  8
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3
 
Estimated Cost:
 
Evacuations: None
 
Structures: 0
 
Closures/Restrictions:  
 
Announcements: None
 
For More Information:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rye Valley Fire Evening Update, July 24, 2014 @ 9 p.m.


 

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

 
 

Rye Valley Fire

Evening Update
July 24, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

 


 

 

Fire At A Glance

 
The Rye Valley Fire, located 15 miles northwest of Huntington, is one of about a dozen fires that resulted from lightning activity that passed through central and eastern Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
Driven by strong winds and light fuels, the fire has burned 1,392 acres. No residences or other buildings have been lost thanks in large part to structure protection provided by the Baker County Structural Task Force.
 
Three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a Type II (medium size) helicopter supported fire crews and equipment on the ground to establish containment lines around the fire. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.
 
The Blue Mountain Interagency Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) made considerable progress Thursday and handed the assignment over to Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type II IMT #3 (Incident Commander Dan Thorpe) Thursday evening.
 
Favorable weather is expected over the next two days that will help firefighters in the suppression effort.
 
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Size: 1,392 acres
 
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
 
Containment: 20%
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Personnel:
Air Tankers: 3 SEATS
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  9
Water Tenders:
Dozers: 5
 
Estimated Cost:
 
Evacuations: None
 
Structures: 0
 
Closures/Restrictions:  
 
Announcements: None
 

 

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 24, 2014

ODF Incident Management Team 3 was dispatched today to the Rye Valley Fire 30 miles SE of Baker City. Burning on Bureau of Land Management lands, the fire poses a threat to ODF's Northeast Oregon District, should it spread.

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

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 90 percent contained and in full mop-up. Lightning Tuesday evening produced three new fire starts. Firefighters performed initial attack Wednesday, and one of the fires will require additional action today. As the weather warms, firefighters will be on the lookout for sleeper fires from previous lightning strikes. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is doing maintenance on Highway 26 today, to include clearing plugged culverts, clearing ditch lines, and removing rocks from the roadway. Resources at the fire include: one hand crew, one helicopter, 34 fire engines and a total of 781 personnel. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. Today firefighters will work on any hot spots that could threaten fire lines, and will continue mop-up. Resources include: 16 hand crews, 33 fire engines, eight water tenders and a total of 612 personnel. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort.

Sunflower Fire – The fire is 7,170 acres and 70 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. Today firefighters are continuing to secure completed fire line, mop up hot spots, and rehabilitate fire line. Resources include 14 hand crews, 22 fire engines and 520 total personnel.

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/.)

Pine Creek Fire – 30,245 acres, 88 percent contained.

Black Rock Fire –35,731 acres, 90 percent contained.

Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 87 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,917 acres, 50 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 10,195 acres, 32 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

Pittsburg Fire – 8,288 acres, 100 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 41 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,350 acres, 30 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 40,575 acres, 80 percent contained.
 
Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 23, 2014

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

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 80 percent contained and in full mop-up. Firefighters are using handheld infrared detection devices to aid in locating hot spots. More lightning is predicted today, and an operations section chief advised firefighters, “Don’t mess around with it. If you get the word, move to a safe area.” Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is managing the firefighting operation.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 80 percent contained. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort. Mop-up is proceeding, and the team is releasing resources rapidly.

Sunflower Fire – The fire is 7,146 acres and 65 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land.

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/.)

 
Black Rock Fire35,731 acres, 85 percent contained.

Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 70 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,917 acres, 50 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 6,506 acres, 22 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 45 percent contained.

Pittsburg Fire – 8,082 acres, 95 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 90 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 41 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fire – 10,350 acres, 20 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 40,575 acres, 75 percent contained.


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.

 
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 22, 2014

FIRES
Currently 19 uncontained large wildfires are burning across Oregon and Washington, with 12 of the fires in Oregon. Large fires within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 75 percent contained. Highway 26 has reopened to travel with a pilot car escort. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is managing the firefighting operation.

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/.

Donnybrook – Deschutes National Forest, 22,763 acres, 70 percent contained.
Pine Creek – Deschutes National Forest, 30, 245 acres, 65 percent contained.
Bridge 99 Complex - Deschutes National Forest, 5,915 acres, 31 percent contained.
Black Rock Fire – Deschutes National Forest, 35,731 acres, 85 percent contained.
Sunflower Fire – Umatilla National Forest, 7,146 acres, 50 percent contained.
Ochoco Complex – Ochoco National Forest, 6,333 acres, 22 percent contained.
Bingham Complex – Willamette National Forest, 452 acres, 30 percent contained.
Pittsburg Fire – Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 8,000 acres, 85 percent contained.
Hurricane Creek Fire – Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 645 acres, 10 percent contained.
Buzzard Complex – BLM Burns District, 395,747 acres, 85 percent contained.
Gumboot Fire – BLM Burns District, 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.
Logging Unit Fire – Confederated Tribes o/t Warm Springs, 10,302 acres, 5 percent contained.
Shaniko Butte Fire – Confederated Tribes o/t Warm Springs, 42,500 acres, 75 percent contained.

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