All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Monday, October 25, 2010

Fire season ends statewide

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Southwest Oregon District terminated fire season, and the next day the Northeast Oregon District followed suit, marking the end of the 2010 season statewide. This was a moderate year for wildfire. Only 680 fires were recorded on the 15.8 million acres protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, burning just 5,771 acres. These figures are significantly below the 10-year average of 1,059 fires burning 26,037 acres.

Thanks for following the blog this season. Did you find it helpful? Do you have suggestions to improve it? We'd appreciate your comments. Send to: rnichols@odf.state.or.us.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October still an important month for fire prevention

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is transitioning the agency’s fire protection and suppression services as the weather across Oregon starts to become characteristic of autumn, and we all begin to enjoy fall colors on trees.

Many ODF-affiliated fire protection districts have closed their Fire Season for 2010, releasing resources relied on for fire response. ODF’s Agency Affairs Office has also concluded providing daily fire updates via the Wildfire Blog, and will transition to updating fire activity across the state on an as-needed basis with a “week in review” report on Fridays until wild fire activity ceases for the year.

Fire activity may be quieting down, but wildfire prevention never takes a holiday. Campers, hunters and recreationists across Oregon are reminded to be safe with fire in the woods.

"Camp and warming fires must absolutely be put out before leaving the camp or spotting areas," said Mary Ellen Holly, President and CEO of the Keep Oregon Green Association. "The best way to do that is to drown the fire with water, stir it with a shovel to mix up any remaining coals, and then drown it again. Repeat until that fire is DEAD out."

October 3 – 9 also marks Oregon Fire Prevention Week. ODF is partnering with structural fire fighting agencies throughout the state encouraging Oregon residents to update and maintain their home smoke alarms.

For more information about wildfire prevention tips in Oregon, visit the Keep Oregon Green website, http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

For more information on fire safety and fire prevention week, contact your local fire agency or visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/FPW_2010.shtml

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem

Friday, October 1, 2010

New fire education partnership in Oregon

The Oregon Garden Foundation is excited to announce a partnership to develop the first full-scale fire prevention and safety house in the nation. Teaming with Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Moonstone Garden Management, Inc., and Oregon State University (OSU), the foundation will use grant funds and donations to remodel a home located on The Oregon Garden property in Silverton into one that showcases fire-resistant landscaping and building construction on the outside and home fire prevention and safety on the inside.


More information is available on the ODF website:
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/newsroom/newsreleases/2010/NR1053.shtml

Prescribed burns planned Friday in SW Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management plans to burn fuel reduction debris in three areas today. All three areas are in the Quartz Creek Road region, approximately 12 miles northwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry / SW Oregon District

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.
Kevin Weeks / Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.
Kevin Weeks / Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Prescribed burns begin on federal lands in central Oregon this week

Source: Ochoco National Forest, Prineville

Ochoco National Forest Fall Prescribed Burns


Fuels & fire suppression specialists are gearing up for the fall prescribed burning season on the Ochoco National Forest. A total of approximately 6,000 acres are tentatively planned for under burning treatments in an effort to enhance forest health and reduce hazardous fuels.

Burn projects are planned in Mill Creek (2,000 acres), Marks Creek (2,000 acres), the Maury Mountains (1,000 acres) and national forest administered lands south of Big Summit Prairie (1,000 acres). Nearby property owners will be notified prior to burn projects and if forest roads are impacted by smoke, signs and flaggers will be posted as needed.

Projects will occur intermittently during the fall as weather conditions permit until the snow flies.

For additional information, contact Bryan Scholz at (541) 416-6500

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.
Kevin Weeks / Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem

Additional BLM prescribed burns in SW Oregon Wednesday

Two Prescribed Burns on BLM Land Begin Today


Medford,OR-The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct two prescribed burns to consume hazardous fuels today:

1. Approximately 100 acres will be burned along the Rogue River between Matson Park and Robertson Bridge. There will be one 20 person crew and four engines on scene. Smoke will be visible from Grants Pass and places around the Rogue Valley.

After today's burn, approximately 180 acres will be treated by an underburn in the same area, possibly through Saturday. The public should use caution when in the area due to possible reduced visibility from smoke and the presence of fire vehicles.

Ignitions will start today at 10:00 and should stop by mid-afternoon. Smoke should begin to dissipate by late afternoon. A similar pattern should be in place for the rest of the week until all 280 acres are completed.

2.Another 70 acres of hazardous fuels near the north shore of Lost Creek Lake will also be burned today. Ignitions will start around 10:00 and smoke will be visible in the area Boaters on the lake and motorists between Shady Cove and Prospect will likely see smoke in the afternoon. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew, three engines, and two water tenders.

For more information, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 1-800-267-3126 or 541-618-2354.
Information is also available on the Web at:
http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/fire/prescribedburns/index.php.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

Debris burning reopens in Linn County October 1; but wait, there’s more...

ODF Contact: Lena Tucker, 541-726-3588

The shorter days and cooler nights coincide with what the calendar tells us: fall has arrived in Oregon. The Linn County Fire Defense Board will end the county-wide burning ban on Oct. 1 – But wait, there’s more. Due to lingering wildfire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is requiring residents who live within the ODF fire protection district and plan to burn backyard debris to obtain a burn permit from the state agency.

“While we were hoping to be done with fire season by now, our weather has warmed up and it’s slowly drying out again,” said ODF’s Lena Tucker. “No rain is in sight for our area.”

Even though conditions have moderated from the high fire danger of only a few weeks ago, the South Cascade District forester cautioned that the combination of a sunny, warm day and gusty winds could cause a backyard burn to escape into a wildfire.

County residents planning to burn yard debris should contact ODF’s South Cascade District Sweet Home office to obtain a free burn permit. It is located at 4690 Highway 20 in Sweet Home, ph. 541-367-6108. Linn County residents may also call the Linn County Burn Message line at 541-451-1904.

The ODF South Cascade District encompasses forestlands in eastern Linn County and the eastern portion of Lane County.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.
Kevin Weeks / Oregon Department of Forestry - Salem

Two Prescribed Burns Scheduled Tuesday in Jackson County

The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct burns in two areas today.

1. Approximately 25 acres of hazardous fuels near the town of Rogue River. Ignitions will start around noon and smoke will be visible from a number of places around the valley, including Interstate 5, but should diminish significantly by late afternoon. The area is about 5 miles NNW of Rogue River on the Right Fork of Fielder Creek. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew and two engines. This is in the same area where burning took place on Sunday and Monday.

2. About 100 acres of hazardous fuels near the north shore of Lost Creek Lake. Ignitions will start around 11:00 a.m. and smoke will be visible in the area. Boaters on the lake and motorists between Shady Cove and Prospect will likely see smoke in the afternoon. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew, two engines, and two water tenders.

For more information, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 1-800-267-3126 or 541-618-2354.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Prescribed burn planned Monday near Rogue River

A prescribed burn is scheduled to take place today 4 miles northwest of Rogue River on Bureau of Land Management lands. A 40-acre area will be ignited.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry. SW Oregon District

Daily fire update - Sept. 27, 2010

A prescribed forest burn on private lands in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District on Sunday spread outside the burning unit and burned about 400 additional acres, seven of which were on U.S. Forest Service lands. The Silvies Fire is currently in mop-up. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 24, 2010

Reported Thursday, the 15-acre Call Creek Fire in the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District was fully lined by evening. Mop-up is expected to take three days. Three fire engines, two hand crews and one bulldozer fought the lightning-caused fire, located east of the community of John Day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 23, 2011

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 22, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Oregon Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours. The department's Northwest Oregon Area terminated fire season today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 21, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Oregon Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 20, 2010

The Rabbit Hill Fire five miles north of Lakeview in the Klamath-Lake District burned 57 acres on Saturday. The fire was fully contained by Saturday afternoon. Cause is under investigation. Oregon Dept. of Forestry resources on the fire included one heavy air tanker, one single-engine tanker, one helicopter, seven fire engines, one bulldozer and one water tender.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 17, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on the 15.8 million acres of forestland protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) during the past 24 hours.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 16, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on the 15.8 million acres of forestland protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) during the past 24 hours.

CORRECTION: The 2,047-acre Cougar Mountain Fire 17 miles south of Dayville is burning on the Malheur National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management's Prineville District. It is NOT burning on Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area as was reported earlier. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Daily fire update - Sept. 15, 2010

The 315-acre Blackwell Fire burning near Gold Hill in the Southwest Oregon District was fully contained on Sept. 14. A landowner using a pickax to break a rock accidentally caused the fire. The home destroyed by the fire was his. Firefighters will continue mop-up the rest of the week. Smoke will occasionally be visible from within the burned area as islands of remaining fuel burn out.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Daily fire update, Sept. 14, 2010

The Blackwell Fire burning near Gold Hill in the Southwest Oregon District is 315 acres and 25 percent contained. Night shift crews reported good progress on mop-up. No slopovers or flare-ups occurred. Today, 125 firefighters will continue mopping up. Of particular concern is a steep, partially burned area on the north flank of the fire. Numerous smokes are scattered among unburned islands of fuel. Also, crews will continue patrolling and mopping up the slopes below the radio antenna site on top of Blackwell Hill, located in the southeast corner of the fire.
The Scott Mountain Fire burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge is 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained.
The View Lake Fire Complex burning in the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests is 4,775 acres and 80 percent contained.

Blackwell Fire 25 Percent Contained

The Blackwell Fire remains at 315 acres and is 25 percent contained. Night shift crews report that good progress was made on mop-up. No slopovers or flare-ups occurred.

Today, 125 firefighters will continue mopping up. Of particular concern is a steep, partially burned area on the north flank of the fire. Numerous smokes are scattered among unburned islands of fuel. Also, crews will continue patrolling and mopping up the slopes below the radio antenna site on top of Blackwell Hill, located in the southeast corner of the fire.

Occasional small columns of smoke will likely rise from the interior of the Blackwell Fire today. In most cases these burn themselves out after a short period of time. If necessary, a helicopter will be used to drop (large) buckets of water onto the flare-ups.

Travelers on the Blackwell Hill Rd. are asked to drive with caution as fire-related traffic will be heavy today.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

Monday, September 13, 2010

Progress today on Blackwell Fire

Firefighters on the Blackwell Fire, located 1 mile east of Gold Hill and 1 mile north of Interstate 5, made good progress today and completed a fireline around the burned area. The fire is now 20 percent contained and its size is 315 acres.
Crews established hoselays in several sectors and focused on extinguishing burning material within 100 feet of the fireline. Helicopters were used during the afternoon to make water drops on isolated fires within the burned area.

All evacuation advisories were lifted today, and roadblocks on Blackwell Hill Road were removed at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

Blackwell fire contained

Twelve fire crews working throughout Monday have stopped the advance of the Blackwell fire near Gold Hill at an estimated 315 acres in size.

Crews completely established a fire line and contain the fire Monday afternoon. Firefighters will continue to work on spot fires within the perimeter and mop-up of fire zones.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Fire line now established around Blackwell fire

3:00pm Monday September 13


About 200 firefighters have worked throughout Monday on the Blackwell fire burning about one mile east of Gold Hill and one mile north of Interstate 5 in Jackson County. The fire broke out just before 4:00 Sunday afternoon. One structure burned Sunday near the point of the fire’s origin.

The fire remains active Monday, but crews have established a line around 100 percent of the fire, which is estimated at about 300 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Keeping firefighters safe is a key mission of fire incident management. A safety hazard unique to this fire is there are an unknown number of abandoned mine shafts in the vicinity of Gold Hill from when Jackson County had significant gold and mineral mining occurring; Fire crews have maintained situational awareness in looking for shaft hazards and, when those mine shafts are detected, marking shaft locations for the safety of the next shift’s personnel. No worksite safety incidents related to these shaft hazards have been reported.

Twelve wildland engines (including a mix of 7 ODF engines and additional contractor engines) and nine crews (about 200 firefighters) continue work on controlling the fire. Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Morning update on Blackwell fire

The Blackwell fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. Sunday in an area of grass, brush and oak approximately one mile east of Gold Hill and one mile north of Interstate 5. One structure burned near the point of origin. Resources from the ODF SW Oregon District/Medford Unit responded to the fire.


The fire remains active Monday, with the size estimated at 300 acres and a line established around 90 percent of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Three helicopters dropped water and two air tankers delivered retardant onto the fire front until nightfall Sunday. On Monday dayshift, 12 wildland engines (including a mix of 7 ODF engines and additional contractor engines) and nine crews (about 200 firefighters) will continue work on controlling the fire. Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Blackwell Hill Road is open to local residents and fire traffic only. Roadblocks staffed by Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel are in place at Kirtland Rd., Gold Ray Rd., Merita Terrace and Foley Rd. An evacuation center to assist affected residents was established at the Community Bible Church, 500 N. Tenth Street in Central Point.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Blackwell Hill Fire Burns 160 Acres, 1 Structure

The Blackwell Hill Fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. and quickly burned across an expanse of grass, brush and oak. One structure burned near the point of origin. The fire continued in an easterly direction onto the heavily forested slopes of Blackwell Hill. Three helicopters dropped water and two airtankers delivered retardant onto the fire front until nightfall.

The fire area is approximately 1 mile east of Gold Hill and 1 mile north of Interstate 5.

Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Wildland fire suppression resources included 7 ODF engines, 4 contractor engines and 6 bulldozers. Additional crews were ordered to assist with fireline construction operations, which will continue through the night.

Blackwell Hill Rd. is open to local residents and fire traffic only. Roadblocks staffed by Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel are in place at Kirtland Rd., Gold Ray Rd., Merita Terrace and Foley Rd. An evacuation center has been set up at the Community Bible Church, 500 N. Tenth St., Central Point.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brian Ballou
Oregon Department of Forestry

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blackwell Road fire now at 100 acres

The Blackwell Road fire burning near Gold Hill has grown to 100 acres. ODF crews with assistance from Jackson County Fire District 3 expect to bring the fire under control Sunday night. 20 structural protection engines and 8 ODF engines, 3 helicopters and 2 air tankers are on scene.


Note for Medford news media – ODF SW Oregon District PIO Brian Ballou is available for updates.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Blackwell Road fire visible from Medford & I-5; ODF is on scene

Crews from the ODF SW Oregon District/Medford Unit are battling a grass fire in the 11000 block of Blackwell Road near Gold Hill in rural Jackson County. The fire was reported about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and by 5:30pm was estimated at 40 acres. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Six engines from ODF and one fire crew are responding to the fire, with air support from two DC-7 tankers and three helicopters. Two dozers are working to assist at the fire. Jackson County Fire District 3 crews are also on the fire line. The fire is sending a large column of smoke up near Interstate 5, as the fire scene is about a mile from the freeway.

Fire Danger remains at ‘High’ and fire season precautions remain in effect in Jackson County.

As new information is confirmed and released from the fire scene, please check SWOFIRE on Twitter at http://twitter.com/swofire

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry / Salem

Friday, September 10, 2010

Closures continue at Scott Mountain Fire

Source: Southern Cascades Incident Management Team.

ATTENTION RECREATIONAL USERS: Portions of the Mt. Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the USFS McKenzie River Ranger District remain closed in order to facilitate fire operations. Hwy 242 is open to through traffic from Hwy 126 to Sisters. Forest roads and trailheads north and east of the highway are closed to the public.

Closures: An emergency closure is in place for the Scott Mountain Fire area. The closure area map is available online at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/map/2082/14/

"We regret the inconvenience to hunters, hikers and campers. Recent rains have reduced fire activity allowing firefighters to continue working on contingency lines. Heavy machinery is also active on many of the roads within the closure area making needed improvements for when the roads reopen," said John Poet, Incident Commander. "The closure will be evaluated as conditions change. In the meantime, we want to encourage visitors to explore other areas of the District."

The Scott Mountain Fire is being managed using direct and indirect suppression strategies. This reduces risk exposure to firefighters, and allows for the protection of valuable resources in the area.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures are predicted to warm-up beginning Friday with highs in the 60's. A west to northwest wind is expected over the weekend. The fire has large dry logs which continue to burn and have the potential to ignite surrounding fuels despite the recent precipitation.

Planned Actions: Crews are nearly finished mopping-up the western edge of the fire perimeter where the fire pushed outside of the wilderness boundary. Heavy machinery continues to clear road debris and reinforce containment lines to the north and south. Large logs are being left for firewood and fish habitat restoration projects. Road graders are working on the main travel routes in the closure area.

Scott Mountain Fire Information/ Phone: 541-822-9920

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rain, cooler weather reduces fire danger in NE Oregon

As of 1:00 a.m. on September 10, 2010, the regulated closure that was in place on private land has been suspended for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties.

Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the fire danger allowing the suspension of the Regulated Use Closure. Unseasonable September weather may give a false sense of security which can result in a higher occurrence of human-caused fires. It is important to practice fire prevention, especially as it relates to burning or campfires.

A Fire Season declaration remains in effect for the Oregon Department of Forestry, Northeast Oregon District.

Fire season requirements include:

• Burning permits are required on all private forestland within the Northeast Oregon Forest Protection District for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) within Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, Malheur, and portions of Morrow and Grant Counties. Contact your local ODF office in La Grande, Baker City, Wallowa, or Pendleton to acquire a burning permit.

• Logging and other industrial operations must meet requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on private lands protected by ODF. Contact your local Stewardship Forester at any local ODF office for more information.

• Campfires must be DEAD OUT! Do not leave fires unattended. Get permission from the landowner before having a campfire.

Joe Hessel Baker City Assistant Unit Forester reminds the public “to be vigilant about putting their fires out prior to leaving camp. Although it is cool and damp, we still want to be attentive to changing fire conditions.”

Do not leave any open burning unattended, including small warming fires. Make sure any open burning or campfire is completely out before leaving it. Have water and a shovel nearby. When practicing campfire safety, build your campfire on bare, level ground away from combustible materials and keep the fire small. Stay with your fire at all times. Before leaving, drown the fire with water, stirring with a shovel until all embers are soaking wet and cold to the touch. Use these practices when disposing of ash from woodstoves and Bar-B-Q’s as well.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml -- Look under fire restrictions.

Jamie Knight / Christie Shaw
Oregon Department of Forestry, NE Oregon District

Regulated Use Closures end for ODF lands in NE Oregon

The Oregon Department of Forestry has suspended Regulated Use Closures on ODF-protected forestland in northeast Oregon, effective 1:00am on Friday September 10. The announcement releases public use restrictions in effect during fire season on private, state, county, municipal, and tribal ODF-protected forests in eastern Umatilla, Wallowa, Union and Baker counties.

Visit the website for ODF's NE Oregon District at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/NEO/aboutneo.shtml  or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more information:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

For information about Public Use Restrictions for the Umatilla and Wallowa Whitman National Forests:  www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/  - or - http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w

Kevin Weeks - Oregon Department of Forestry

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks - Oregon Department of Forestry

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Round-up of three complex fires in Oregon

The Oak Flat fire in the Rogue River National Forest reached 100 percent containment Tuesday and has been estimated at 7,494 acres in size. Command of the fire was released from the federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team to a local incident management team. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/


The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada. Command of this fire incident was scheduled to be transferred from the Portland-based National Incident Management Organization team to a local incident team on Wednesday morning. The latest mapping shows the total size of the Complex to be 4,775 acres with containment at 80 percent. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088 

The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained. Highway 242 has re-opened. An area closure remains in effect for portions of the Mt Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the McKenzie River Ranger District. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rains expected to help View Lake Complex fires

Rain is expected in the Mt. Hood National Forest and Bull of the Woods Wilderness this week, which has fire managers optimistic about the View Lake Complex fires burning east of Estacada. The 4,757 acre fire is currently being managed by a federal National Incident Management Organization team based in Portland, but the fire command is expected to be transferred to a local team at 6:00 Wednesday morning.

Many area recreation closures are in effect surrounding the fire area. The hiker shuttle service for the Pacific Coast Trail is currently in operation from 9 AM to 6 PM. The shuttle will be discontinued on Monday, September 13th. Please consult the InciWeb page for the View Lake Complex for updated trail and road closure information.

Updated information about the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/

Two large-acreage fires continue in Oregon through Labor Day weekend

Two large acreage fires in Oregon under federal management are currently burning:

The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada. The latest mapping shows the total size of the Complex to be 4,757 acres with containment at 35 percent. On Sunday, management of the View Lake Complex was taken over by the Portland National Incident Management Organization team. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/


The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,454 acres and 35 percent contained. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/

Oak Flat close to full containment Tuesday AM

The Oak Flat fire continues to burn in the Rogue River National Forest in Josephine County about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, but command of the fire is expected to shift from the federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team to a local team at 6:00pm today. The fire is currently estimated at 7,494 acres and is 95 percent contained, and full containment is expected later today. Cause of the fire continues to be under investigation. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

Morning status for ODF; quiet holiday weekend

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 72 hours.

Lightning storm Friday night keeps ODF Pendleton working late

The Birch Creek Road fire 8 miles east of Pendleton was battled by resources from the ODF Pendleton Unit on early Saturday morning. The fire began about 2:00 am Saturday due to a lightning strike but was held to 16.4 acres in size following a swift response from the Milton-Freewater Rural Fire District and ODF. Fire was fully contained by Saturday morning.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Friday, September 3, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Friday, September 3, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is 4,523 acres and 35 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning 10 miles northwest of Selma on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, is 6,850 acres and 73 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/ .

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Offer Pager #503-370-0403

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Daily Fire Update, Thursday, September 2, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Thursday, September 2, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is 4,478 acres and 35 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/ .

The Scott Mountain Fire is burning 15 miles west of Sisters in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is 3,454 acres and 30 percent contained. Responsibility for this fire has transitioned from the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 to a local interagency incident management team as of September 1. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning 10 miles northwest of Selma on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, is 6,515 acres and 70 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/ .
 
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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Daily fire update, Sept. 1, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on Dept. of Forestry-protected lands in the past 24 hours.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Daily fire update, August 31, 2010

No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 30, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Friday, August 30, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 72 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:

The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is approximately 5,876 acres and 30 percent contained. An accurate containment estimate is in the process of being determined. At 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, the interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of this fire. More information is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/ .

The Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is approximately 3,454 acres and 30 percent contained. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3is managing this fire and more information on is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 6,350 acres and is 70 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/ .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands 15 miles north of the city of Warm Springs, is currently estimated at approximately 33,732 acres and 90 percent contained. The interagency Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team was released from this fire on August 28, and the fire was turned back over to the Warm Springs Fire Management fire team. More information is available on InciWeb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/ .

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Offier Pager #: 503-370-0403

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fire Crew Continues to Manage Wildfire in Crater Lake National Park and Fremont-Winema National Forest

Following is the latest media relase from the Phoenix Wildland Fire:

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August 27, 2010; 1 p.m.
Contact: Greg Funderburk
(541) 594-3062

Crater Lake, Ore – Interagency fire crews and engines continue to manage the Phoenix Wildland Fire burning an estimated 350 acres in Crater Lake National Park, with about 30 to 50 of those acres on the Fremont-Winema National Forests.

The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and contract crews have firefighters and equipment on scene. The following resources are presently assigned to this incident: one Type-III helicopter, nine engines, three Type-II crews and numerous other equipment.

The fire was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 17. It is currently burning inside Crater Lake National Park’s boundary on the east flank of Timber Crater and in an area on the Fremont-Winema National Forests between Forest Service Road 7015 and 2308. At this time, no structures are threatened and no evacuations have been reported.

The Phoenix Wildland Fire is being managed to allow fire to serve its natural role in the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuel accumulation in the National Park. A fire suppression strategy is being implemented on the Fremont-Winema National Forests to maximize suppression efforts and firefighter safety.

Due to smoke and increase fire traffic, fire officials ask the public to use caution when driving Oregon State Highway 138 and on National Park and Forest Service roads near the fire. A cold front is expected to move through the area this weekend, bringing cooler temperatures and possible showers that could assist with firefighting efforts.

For more information about the Phoenix Wildland Fire, please contact the National Park Service at (541) 594-3062. For more information, please visit:
http://www.nps.gov/fire/.

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Phoenix Wildland Fire, burning in Crater Lake National Park
 
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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201

Daily Fire Update - Friday, August 27, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Friday, August 27, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the past 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:
Picnic Creek Fire: The John Day Unit, Central Oregon District, of the Oregon Department of Forestry provided mutual aid on the Picnic Creek Fire, 8 miles west of Mt. Vernon (south of Highway 26). The fire, at approximately 20-30 acres on the jurisdiction of the Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District, started Thursday night, August 26, at approximately 5:21 PDT. High winds pushed the fire near the vicinity of 20 structures; one confirmed outbuilding, possibly two outbuildings, were destroyed. Resources on the fire Thursday night included five engines, one tender, two dozers, and one helicopter from the Oregon Department of Forestry, one engine from the U.S. Forest Service, and all of Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District resources. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation also contributed to the effort. The fire spread has been stopped this morning and the fire is fully lined. The cause is under investigation by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office.

Phoenix Wildland Fire, Crater Lake: Interagency fire crews and engines are continuing to manage this Phoenix Wildland Fire burning in timber and timber litter seven miles southeast of Diamond Lake, Oregon inside the Crater Lake National Park boundary on the east flank of Timber Crater. The fire, currently estimated at 200 acres, was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 17. No structures are currently threatened and no evacuations have been reported at this time. The Phoenix Wildland Fire is being managed to allow fire to serve its natural role in the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuel accumulation. It is burning on land immediately adjacent to the Fremont-Winema National Forests. Fire crews are building a control line to prevent the fire from spreading onto National Forest land. Any ignitions that occur outside of the Crater Lake National Park boundary will be immediately suppressed. For more information, please contact the National Park Service at (541) 594-3062.

NOTE: Many of the following fires have significant active closure notices for roads, scenic areas, trails, and campgrounds in place that have been recently updated, added, or revised. For the most current information, visit the fires’ Inciweb sites where the most recent notices and maps of closure areas are posted.

The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is approximately 3,037 acres. An accurate containment estimate is in the process of being determined. At 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, the interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of this fire. More information is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/ .

The Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is approximately 2,559 acres and five percent contained. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3is managing this fire and more information on is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands 15 miles north of the city of Warm Springs, is currently estimated at approximately 33,016 acres and 40 percent contained. Effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, August 27, the Deschutes River was re-opened to recreationists. The interagency Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information is available on InciWeb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 5,708 acres and is 60 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager#: 503-370-0403

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Picnic Creek Fire News - ODF and Mt Vernon Rural

Fire News – August 26, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. PDT

Contact: Angie Johnson, Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 620-4360

Picnic Creek Fire – Final News Release
Date Started: 8/26/2010 at 5:21 p.m. PDT
Cause of Ignition: Human (State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating cause)
Location: 8 miles west of Mt. Vernon, south of Hwy 26
Approximate Size: 20-30 acres
Percent Contained: 0%; containment expected late this evening.

Resources include:  5 engines from Oregon Department of Forestry, 1 engine from US Forest Service, and all of Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District; 1 Tender from Oregon Department of Forestry; 2 Dozers; 1 Helicopter (ODF) secured by Mt. Vernon Rural; Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation also contributed to the effort.

Protection Agency Responsible: Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District.

Additional information: Oregon Department of Forestry and US Forest Service assisted Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District with a fire in their district located in the Picnic Creek drainage, 8 miles west of Mt. Vernon. High winds pushed the fire near the vicinity of 20 structures; one confirmed outbuilding, possibly two outbuildings were destroyed. The use of engines, dozers, and a helicopter has prevented any significant fire spread at this time. Winds have died down considerably, giving crews the upper hand. Crews hope to have the fire lined later this evening. The fire is under investigation by Oregon State Fire Marshall’s office.

Weather:  With nightfall, the temperature has dropped nearly 30 degrees on the fire line. Currently it is 66 degrees. Winds have died down and relative humidity has increased.

Closures: At this time, there are no closures in place.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

Daily Fire Update - Thursday, August 26, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Thursday, August 26, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
Western Lane District, ODF: The Whittaker Creek Fire, was reported at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, burning in steep terrain on ODF-protected lands near Whittaker Creek in Lane County. Currently estimated at 15 acres, the fire has been 100 percent lined, is contained and firefighters are continuing with mop-up. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

SPECIAL NOTICE:
OHV trails in the Tillamook State Forest RE-OPEN. Effective Thursday, August 26, 2010, the off-highway vehicle trails in the Tillamook State Forest are RE-OPEN. This includes off-highway vehicle trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask off-highway vehicle areas, and the BLM Upper Nestucca Riding Area. Fire Season Regulated Use Precautions are still in effect.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:
There are a number of fires burning in the Cascades and several smoke columns have become and will continue to be visible.

The 950-acre Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 has assumed command of this fire. Smoke from the Scott Mountain Fire has impacted and will continue to impact central Oregon and was being reported yesterday as far away as the lower Santiam Canyon area just east of Salem. More information on closures and fire status is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands 15 miles north of the city of Warm Springs, is currently estimated at 29,073 acres and 30 percent contained. Portions of the Deschutes River have been re-opened to recreationists – stretches of the river from Warm Springs Boat Launch to Trout Creek Campground (River Mile 88) and downstream from Harphan Flat (River Mile 56) are now open. The remaining 32-mile closure remains in effect. The interagency Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and more information, including Deschutes River closures, is available on InciWeb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 4,760 acres and is 75 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) Incident Management Team assigned to this fire was planning to turn it back over to the forest on Saturday morning, although per a special update issued at 7 p.m. last night (August 25), high temperatures and low humidity created conditions for extreme fire behavior Wednesday afternoon, and the fire crossed over the containment line on the north side and was being wind-driven to the north. The estimated containment date has now been pushed back two more days to August 30, and additional resources (crews and helicopters) were ordered. The weather is forecast to cool some beginning today, which should moderate fire behavior, allowing firefighters to re-establish control lines. More information on closures and fire status, is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/ .

Mt. Hood National Forest. Due to fire activity from the View Lake Fire, currently estimated at approximately 776 acres, the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, access to Breitenbush Lake, and portions of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area are closed. More information is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ .
 
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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Popular Off-Highway-Vehicle Trails in the Tillamook State Forest RE-OPEN

Effective Thursday, August 26, 2010, the off-highway vehicle trails in the Tillamook State Forest are RE-OPEN. This includes off-highway vehicle trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask off-highway vehicle areas, and the BLM Upper Nestucca Riding Area.  Fire Season Regulated Use Precautions are still in effect.

Thank you for helping keep the Tillamook State forest fire-safe!

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

Update on Whittaker Creek Fire in Lane County

At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon (Wednesday, August 25), the Whittaker Creek Fire was approximately 15 acres.  Crews had the fire 100% lined.  One of the two helicopters that were working the fire was released and the other remained on stand-by if needed to attack any spot fires that crossed the line.  Approximately 45 personnel were still working the fire, as well as three tenders and engines - the dozer had also been released.  While weather conditions were still extreme - 90 degrees and 24 percent humidity - there was very little wind in the area and weather is forecasted to be significantly cooler tomorrow - perhaps a high of less than 70 degrees and even some possible precipitation.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Smoke reported east of Salem (lower Santiam Canyon area)

There have been several reports of smoke in the air east of Salem from Aumsville on up the Santiam Canyon past Mill City.  This is apparently as a result of the Scott Mountain Fire that is burning in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area, approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain,15 miles west of Sisters, OR, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge.  More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

ODF Daily Fire Update, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Wednesday, August 25, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
Western Lane District, ODF: The Whittaker Creek Fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, August 25, burning in steep terrain on ODF-protected lands near Whittaker Creek in Lane County. Currently estimated at 18-20 acres, there are 10 engines, 3 crews, 2 tenders, and 2 dozers assigned to the fire which is under investigation.

Forest Grove District, ODF: The Masonville Fire, burning in a straw field at Masonville Road and Highway 18 in Yamhiill County, was reported on ODF-protected lands on Tuesday afternoon, August 24. ODF resources, including four engines, responded, containing the fire by mid-afternoon at approximately 11 acres, and it was turned back over to the landowner for further fire watch.

OHV trails in the Tillamook State Forest are CLOSED. Due to increased fire danger, effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2010, the off-highway vehicle trails in the Tillamook State Forest are CLOSED. Off-highway vehicle activity in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask off-highway vehicle areas will be limited to operation on maintained forest roads only.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:
Southwest Oregon District, ODF, Mutual Aid: The Oregon Department of Forestry assisted Ashland Fire and Rescue late yesterday afternoon and into the evening (August 24) on a fire that burned on City of Ashland jurisdiction that ultimately destroyed 11 homes and damaged 2 others. There have been no reports so far of any injuries. ODF resources on the fire included two helicopters from the Medford Tanker Base, numerous engines, and a dozer. The Rogue Valley Structural Fire Department also assisted on the fire.

The fire started at approximately 4:45 p.m. in a grassy field on the west side of I-5 near a freeway interchange for South Ashland. Winds at that time were gusty and the fire jumped the freeway, crossing over to the east side, where it then burned in scrub and oak up a hill, and into the residential area. As of about 8:30 p.m. last night, ODF resources were released and the fire remains in the primary jurisdiction of Ashland Fire and Rescue. More information on this fire is available on the City of Ashland’s website at http://www.ashland.or.us/index.asp .

Tillamook District, ODF, Mutual Aid: The Cabin Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands near Cape Kiwanda and Sand Lake, was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24. The fire burned 2.1 acres, and originally possibly threatened the near-by Thousand Trails Campground and some structures in the area. ODF resources, including a helicopter, engines, and crews, responded, as well as U.S. Forest Service resources and local Rural Fire Districts. The fire is 100 percent lined and in mop-up. All ODF resources have been released and the fire has been completely turned over to the U.S. Forest Service.

The 600-acre Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge. The fire was ignited by lightning during last week's storm, but did not become active until warm winds influenced it on Monday, August 23, when it started running, spotting, crowning, and torching, growing from approximately five to 200 acres in three hours. A closure area is in effect that includes Forest Service roads east of Highway 126, many of which access trailheads into the Mt. Washington wilderness. Additionally, Scott Lake and Alder Springs campgrounds are closed and visitors have been required to leave, and several trails in the area have also been closed. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 has assumed command of this fire this morning. More information on t his fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, is currently estimated at 29,073 acres and 30 percent contained Monday. The Deschutes River is closed to rafting from Warm Springs to Maupin. The Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and updates are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/ .

The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 4,760 acres and is 75 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team assigned to this fire is planning to turn it back over to the forest on Saturday morning. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

Mt. Hood National Forest: Due to fire activity, the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, access to Breitenbush Lake, and portions of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area are closed. More information is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ODF assists on urban interface fire near Ashland

Roca Canyon Fire: The Oregon Department of Forestry assisted Ashland Fire and Rescue late this afternoon and into this evening (August 24) on an urban interface fire burning near Ashland that ultimately destroyed 11 homes and damaged 2 others.  There have been no reports so far of any injuries.  ODF resources on the fire included two helicopters from the Medford Tanker Base, numerous engines, and a dozer.  The Rogue Valley Structural Fire Department also assisted on the fire.

The fire started at approximately 4:45 p.m. today in a grassy field on the west side of I-5 near a freeway interchange for South Ashland. Winds at that time were gusty and the fire jumped the freeway, crossing over to the east side, where it then burned in scrub and oak up a hill, and into the residential area.  As of about 8:30 p.m., ODF resources were being released and the fire remains in the primary jurisdiction of Ashland Fire and Rescue.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Afternoon ODF Update

Tillamook District, ODF:  The Cabin Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands near Cape Kiwanda and Sand Lake, was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24.  The fire, approximately 1-2 acres, possibly threatened the near-by Thousand Trails Campground and some structures in the area. ODF resources, including a helicopter, engines, and crews, responded, as well as U.S. Forest Services resources and local Rural Fire Districts.  At 3:30 p.m., district staff were anticipating no further threat and planning to release the ODF-contracted helopter and beginning mop-up by around 4 p.m.

Forest Grove District, ODF: The Masonville Fire, burning in a straw field at Masonville Road and Highway 18 in Yamhiill County, was reported on ODF-protected lands on Tuesday afternoon, August 24.  ODF resources, including four engines, responded, containing the fire by mid-afternoon at approximately 11 acres, and it was turned over to the landowner for further fire watch.

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager #: 503-370-0403

Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, August 24, 2010.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:

Central Oregon District – John Day Unit: The Long Box Fire, reported on August 23, 2010, six miles east of Dayville and north of Highway 26, is 100 percent lined, with containment expected today. Agencies involved included the Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Department, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Aircraft and engine crews responded as private land and the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was threatened, including one residence and three other structures. The fire spread was stopped at about 6:30 p.m. on August 23, at 48 acres, with retardant and helicopter bucket drops. An engine patrolled the fire overnight for hot spots, and two engines and a 20-person hand crew are currently conducting mop-up activities, as well as continuing to patrol for hot-spots. Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

OHV trails in the Tillamook State Forest are CLOSED. Due to increased fire danger, effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2010, the off-highway vehicle trails in the Tillamook State Forest are CLOSED. Off-highway vehicle activity in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask off-highway vehicle areas will be limited to operation on maintained forest roads only.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:

The 200-acre Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge. The fire was ignited by lightning during last week's storm, but did not become active until warm winds influenced it on Monday, August 23, when it started running, spotting, crowning, and torching, growing from approximately five to 200 acres in three hours. The interagency Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 has been ordered to assume management of this fire.

A closure area is in effect that includes Forest Service roads east of Highway 126, many of which access trailheads into the Mt. Washington wilderness. Additionally, Scott Lake and Alder Springs campgrounds are closed and visitors have been required to leave, and several trails in the area have also been closed. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/ .

The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, is currently estimated at 24,397 acres and 10 percent contained Monday. The Deschutes River is closed to rafting from Warm Springs to Maupin. The Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team is assigned to this fire and updates are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/ .

The Oak Flat Fire continues to burn in the Rogue River National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass. The fire is currently estimated at 4,363 acres and is 65 percent contained. The interagency Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team is assigned to this fire. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/ .

Mt. Hood National Forest: Due to fire activity, the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, access to Breitenbush Lake, and portions of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area are closed. More information is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/.

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Jeri Chase, Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201; Fire Duty Officer Pager # 503-370-0403

Long Box fire fully contained; final news release

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY FIRE NEWS
John Day Unit

Fire News – August 23, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. PDT
Contact: Angie Johnson, Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 620-4360

Long Box Fire – Final News Release

Date Started: 8/23/2010
Cause of Ignition: Human (vehicle fire)
Location: 6 miles east of Dayville, north of Hwy 26
Final Size: 48 acres
Percent Contained: 100% lined with dozer; containment expected by end of shift tomorrow.

Resources include:

4 Oregon Department of Forestry Engines; 2 Tenders - 1 Mt. Vernon Rural Tender and 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Tender; 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Dozer (operated by Oregon Department of Transportation); 2 Single Engine Air Tankers; 2 Helicopters; 1 Heavy Air Tanker

Agencies Involved: Oregon Department of Forestry, Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Department, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation

Additional information:

Monday’s activities - Aircraft and engine crews responded to a fire near Dayville, north of Highway 26. Private land and Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) threatened, including 1 residence and 3 other structures. The fire spread was stopped around 6:30 p.m. this evening with retardant and helicopter bucket drops; the fire was lined with a dozer by 8:30 p.m. An engine will patrol the fire overnight for hot spots.

Tuesday’s activities – 2 engines and a 20-person hand crew will be on the fire conducting mop-up activities, as well as continuing patrol for hot spots.

Weather:
Clear skies and higher temperatures are expected through Wednesday.

Closures:
At this time, there are no closures in place.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Update on Longbox Fire

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY FIRE NEWS

John Day Unit

Fire News – August 23, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. PDT
Contact: Angie Johnson, Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 620-4360

Longbox Fire -

Date Started: 8/23/2010
Cause of Ignition: Human, Under Investigation
Location: 6 miles east of Dayville, north of Hwy 26
Size: approximately 15 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Resources include:

4 Oregon Department of Forestry Engines, 2 Tenders - 1 Mt. Vernon Rural Tender and 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Tender, 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Dozer (operated by Oregon Department of Transportation), 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, 2 Helicopters, 1 Heavy Air Tanker

Agencies Involved: Oregon Department of Forestry, Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation

Additional information:

Aircraft and engine crews have responded to a fire near Long Box Ranch, off of Highway 26. Private land and Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) threatened, including 1 residence and 3 other structures. Crews intend on corralling fire burning in grass, brush, and Juniper late this evening. Crews will work through the night in order to stop fire spread. Primary safety concerns include steep, rocky terrain and poor access.

Weather:
Current weather will be favorable. Temperature on fire is 78 degrees with 20% relative humidity. Winds are 0-5 mph out of the west.

Closures:
At this time, there are no closures in place.

FOR UPDATED FIRE SEASON CLOSURE INFORMATION ON PRIVATE LAND, PEASE VISIT:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/JD/aboutus.shtml

TO REPORT A WILDFIRE:
Call John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 575-1321.

White Lightning Complex update

Source: Northwest Oregon Area Interagency Incident Management Team

The stated size of theWhite Lightning Complex fire was increased to 24,397 acres Monday, reflecting Saturday's rapid fire spread and more timely processing of mapping data.

Portions of the Deschutes River have been reopened to recreationists. Stretches of the river from Warm Springs Boat Launch to Trout Creek Campground (river mile 88) and downstream from Harphan Flat (river mile 56) are now open

The remaining 32-mile closure is in effect between Trout Creek Recreation Area (river mile 88) and Harphan Flat Recreation Area (river mile 56).

It has been verified that a cabin and outbuilding at Johnson Flat were destroyed by the fire on Saturday. Also, the BLM compost toilet facility at river mile 63 was burned. All other structures in the Dant area remain intact.

Mop up and patrol of fires on the west side of Highway 3 continues.

Fire at a Glance (8/23/10)

Size: 24,397 acres
Location: 15 miles north of Warm Springs, Oregon
Containment: 10%
Cause: Lightning on August 17th
Number of Personnel Assigned: 903

Evacuations: Level 3 (time to leave) - remains in effect for 8 cabins in the Dant area.

Closures/Restrictions:

The Deschutes River is closed to rafting between Trout Creek Campground and Harphan Flat Recreation Area.

www.inciweb.org/inciweb/2075/

WhiteLightningComplex@Yahoo.com

Longbox Fire burning in Grant County

Four engines from the ODF John Day Unit are battling the Longbox Fire, burning six miles east of Dayville in the Schoolhouse Gulch area of Grant County. The fire, reported Monday afternoon, has consumed an estimated 15 acres of grass/juniper/sagebrush and is continuing to burn Monday. Cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Private landowner equipment is assisting with what is expected to be an extended attack on the fire Monday evening. In addition to assistance from a water tender and bulldozer on the ground, aerial attack on the fire is provided by 2 small single engine air tankers, an ODF large air tanker and two helicopters.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

New fire in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Contact: Paul Galloway, Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Acting Public Affairs Officer, 541-618-2113


Monday, August 23, 2010, 10 a.m. – A wildfire was spotted yesterday burning in a remote area of the Gold Beach Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The Cedar Creek Fire has grown to an estimated 70 acres this morning as smokejumpers will be reinforced with four additional handcrews, and helicopter water drops.

The Cedar Creek Fire was initially reported by aerial reconnaissance Sunday at noon and estimated to be 2 acres at that time. The fire is located two miles west of Sourdough Camp and two miles north of the Oregon-California state line. Burning in grass and brush with pockets of heavy timber, twenty smokejumpers, two air tankers, and helicopters assigned to the Oak Flat Fire were deployed yesterday to attack the fire.

Today crews will work to establish a fire line around the fire and helicopters will be used to cool hot spots. Air tanker support will again be available. A Red Flag Warning has been posted for the area until Tuesday morning for high winds and low humidity.

An Incident Command Post has been established at the Coos Forest Protective Association compound in Brookings, and the Winchuck Campground will be utilized as a spike camp for the crews. Helicopter and some logistical support for the Cedar Creek Fire will be provided by some resources currently assigned to the Oak Flat Fire burning on the Wild Rivers Ranger District.

The public is warned to avoid using the Sourdough Trail (#1114) from Sourdough Camp to Packsaddle Mountain at this time.

Red Flag Warning in effect for much of SW Oregon tonight

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from 11:00 Monday night until 11:00 Tuesday morning for most fire zones in eastern Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties. A major exception to the warning area is Fire Zone 622 – generally the Medford metro area north to the Shady Cove area – not being included in the Red Flag Warning.

Very strong winds in the nighttime hours paired with very low humidity will increase fire potential overnight. Eastern winds of 5-15 MPH with gusts as high as 30 MPH on ridges are forecast

A Red Flag Warning is issued when weather forecasters detect conditions which create a higher than normal potential of fire activity for a limited timeframe is either underway or imminent.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Satellite image of Oak Flat fire

The skies about SW Oregon were clear enough Sunday for NASA’s MODIS land imagery system to get a good look at the Oak Flat fire burning near Grants Pass.

Satellite images help fire managers understand the behavior of fires, establish very accurate acreage counts, alert air quality agencies about potential smoke drift, and provides additional valuable data.

For the full scale Sunday afternoon MODIS sweep photograph of the northwestern US and Canada, go to:
http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/?subset=USA1.2010234.terra.1km

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Morning status report for ODF

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center in the past 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

White Lightning and Oak Flat updates

Source: NW Coordinating Center and InciWeb

The White Lightning Fire burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands is currently estimated at 24,397 acres and 10 percent contained Monday, according to the NW Coordinating Center. The complex fire includes the Youther, Island Rim, Johnson Lake, Laughlin Hills, and Youth Spot fires, burning on Warm Springs Agency lands. Numerous scattered residences are throughout fire areas. Concerns have also been expressed about the Johnson Lake and Island Rib fires moving towards the Kah-nee-ta Resort. Deschutes River closed to rafting from Warm Springs to Maupin. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/


The Oak Flat fire continues to burn in the Rogue River National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass. The fire is currently estimated at 3,305 acres and is 55 percent contained. Cause of the fire, which is under the command of a federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team, is under investigation. No private lands or structures are immediately threatened by this fire. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

Lower Deschutes Complex fires contained Sunday

Source: Central Oregon Incident Management Team.

The management of the Lower Deschutes Complex fires will transfer back to the local BLM unit Monday. Resources that have been determined as excess will be released and reassigned to the neighboring White Lightning Complex.

The Deschutes River is closed from Warm Springs put-in down through Harpham Flat due to the Youther Fire. For more information on this fire see the following link: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075

Devils Half Acre (1,245 acres) and Fall Canyon (2,702 acres) - Firefighters will continue to patrol. The one smoke located today on the Fall Canyon Fire was mopped-up.

Oak Canyon (640 acres) and Tygh Ridge (4,717 acres) - Patrol by aircraft. The one smoke that was located today on the Oak Canyon Fire was mopped-up.

QUICK FACTS:

Acres: 9,304
Containment: 100%
Location: 5 miles north of Maupin
Cause: Lightning
Start Date/Time: Reported August 19, 2010, 1015 hrs
Total personnel: 319
Crews: 7; Engines: 14; Helicopters: 1-light,1- medium, 1-heavy lift; Water tenders:6; and Overhead: 78

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lower Deschutes Complex fires 90 percent contained; some evacuated

Source: Central Oregon Incident Management Team


Due to the direction and rapid growth Saturday of the Youther Fire, a fire of the White Lightning Complex burning on the Warm Spring Reservation, homes on the east side of the Deschutes River near Dant were evacuated by the Oregon State Police with assistance from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) law enforcement. An operational contingency plan has been developed to locate firefighting resources from the Lower Deschutes Complex into this area to hold any fire that might cross the river.

The BLM has closed the Deschutes River Segment 1 from Trout Creek down through Harpham Flat due to the Youther Fire. For more information on this fire see the following link: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075

FIRE ACTIVITY:

Strong, gusty west winds tested containment lines on all four fires yesterday of the Lower Deschutes Complex. All containment lines held. Although the Complex is in patrol mode, some smoke may be visible due to burning of interior islands of fuel.

Devils Half Acre (1,200 acres) and Fall Canyon (2,700 acres) - Firefighters will patrol and mop-up any smokes 50 ft into the interior.

Oak Canyon (600 acres) and Tygh Ridge (4,700 acres) - Patrol by aircraft.

Transition from the federal Central Oregon Incident Management Team back to management by the local BLM unit is scheduled for Monday, August 23, at 6 am.

QUICK FACTS:

Acres: 9,200
Containment: 90%
Location: 5 miles north of Maupin
Cause: Lightning
Start Date/Time: Reported August 19, 2010, 1015 hrs
Total personnel: 318Crews: 8; Engines: 10; Helicopters: 1-light,1- medium, 1-heavy lift; Water tenders: 4; and Overhead: 78

More information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2073/

View Lake fire in the Mt. Hood National Forest; road closures

Source: NW Coordination Center, Portland

The U S Forest Service is currently responding to the View Lake fire near Estacada, and on Sunday size is estimated at 125 acres. This area is in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area and is a high recreational use area. An area closure is in effect for the Olallie Lakes recreation area.


All campgrounds and trails are closed within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Road blocks have been set up at the junction of Forest Road 46 and Road 4220, and also at the junction of Road 4690 and Road 4220. Travel/access to Breitenbush Lake is not possible.

Additional information on the fire:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/

Oak Flat Sunday AM update

The Oak Flat fire continues burning on federal forest 10 miles NW of Selma in Josephine County. The fire is currently 2,950 acres in size and 40 percent contained. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. Updated information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

White Lightning Complex Wildfire update

Source: Warm Springs Agency / InciWeb


The White Lightning Complex consists of seven lightning-caused fires on the Warm Springs Reservation 30 miles north-northwest of Madras, Oregon. The total estimated size of the combined fires is 5,680 acres or nearly nine square miles. The fires are burning in dry grass, sage, juniper and pockets of pine and oak in rocky, rugged terrain.

The White Lightning Complex is being managed by the Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team. The Incident Command Post is located at the Fire Management Complex in Warm Springs.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/

Fire at a Glance:

Size: 5,680 Acres - 7 Fires
Location: 15 miles north of Warm Springs, Oregon
Containment: 5%
Cause: Lightning
Number of Personnel Assigned: 362

Evacuations: Level 2 - Prepare to Evacuate - Involving 19 residences

Closures/Restrictions:

Hwy 3 North of Simnasho

Residents to the east and southeast of Simnasho, with homes along the S-300 and S-310 roads, are being advised to prepare to evacuate in case of significant fire growth this afternoon.

Gusty winds battered the fire during the night, and active burning was reported. Winds are again expected Sunday. The fire is burning in dry grass, sage, juniper and pockets of pine and oak in rocky rugged terrain.

The White Lightning Complex is now being managed by the Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team. The center of operations for the Incident Management Team is located at the Fire Management Complex in Warm Springs.

Dry conditions exist in most of Oregon and fire danger is high. Please use all fire safety precautions while enjoying the last days of summer.

White Lightning Complex Information Desk: WhiteLightningComplex@yahoo.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Oak Flat, White Lightning fires continue

The Oak Flat fire is burning on federal forest 10 miles NW of Selma in Josephine County. The fire is currently 2,100 acres in size and 25 percent contained. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. Updated information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

White Lightning fire is burning on Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs owned-land in central Oregon. Fire is currently estimated at 4,500 acres.

Lower Deschutes Complex fires update

Source: Central Oregon Incident Management Team

Firefighters made significant progress Friday to reduce the threat of the fires and therefore prompted fire managers and Bureau of Land Management Officials to reopen the Deschutes River Saturday morning. This also allowed reductions to the preparatory evacuation notice levels.


Activity on fires:

Fall Canyon - Firefighters worked all flanks of the fire from the top to the bottom mopping up into the fire interior 50 feet from the edge working in. The perimeter held throughout Friday.

Oak Canyon - Heat continued to build in the late afternoon near the bottom of the fire. Firefighters utilized helicopter bucket drops to cool the area. Very steep terrain continues to challenge on the ground resources.

Tygh Ridge - The private landowner constructed dozer lines continue to hold. The fire is being patrolled with aerial resources.

Devils Half Acre - The northeast flank developed some heat in the later part of the day but held within containment lines. Helicopters assisted firefighters with several rounds of water drops to cool the area.

Air resources are operating from the helibase in Tygh Valley. Three helicopters were released Friday for reassignment to other incidents.

The weather forecastSaturday is calling for cooler temperatures of 80 degrees with relative humidity of 20-25% and north-northwest winds of 10 - 15 mph with possible gusty winds to 30 mph in the afternoon.

QUICK FACTS:

Acres: 5,700
Containment: 60%
Location: 5 miles north of Maupin
Cause: Lightning
Start Date/Time: Reported August 19, 2010, 1015 hrs
Total personnel: 318
Crews: 8; Engines: 12; Helicopters: 1-light,1- medium, 1-heavy lift; Water tenders: 4; and Overhead: 70

Lower Deschutes Complex; Threat passes for Maupin

Source: Central Oregon Incident Management Team

Due to the significant progress made by firefighters Friday the notice urging residents in Maupin to prepare for precautionary evacuation will be removed this morning effective 6:00am.

The ordered closure of the Oak Springs Fish Hatchery and White River State Park will be reduced to a Level One prepare for precautionary evacuations order on Saturday morning. The State will be open to the public Saturday. The Deschutes River Segment 2 will be opened to recreational activities Saturday morning at 6:00. This includes the campgrounds that were previously closed due to fire suppression activities.

Additional information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2073/

COIMT Information Desk 541-467-3001

Friday, August 20, 2010

Red Flag Warning for the Klamath Basin on Saturday

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating increased fire potential for the southern half of Klamath and Lake Counties, extending into northern California, in effect from Noon Saturday until 9:00pm Saturday.

On Saturday, sustained SW winds of 15 to 25 MPH are forecast with gusts to 35 MPH; Afternoon relative humidity in the region will range from 10-20 percent. Seasonal summer temperatures combined with high winds and low humidity will create a critical fire weather situation on Saturday afternoon and evening.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will shortly, creating high fire potential.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Update on Lower Deschutes Complex Wildfire

Source: Central Oregon Incident Management Team

The lower portion of Segment 2 of the Deschutes River will re-open for public use at 6:00 am Saturday morning August 21. For more information please contact the incident information Center

Residences at the Oak Springs Fish Hatchery were evacuated however hatchery staff continues operations as usual, although the facility is closed to the public. White River State Park, a day use park, is also closed.

For updated information on the Lower Deschutes Complex Wildfire, go to InciWeb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2073/

COIMT Information Center
Phone: 541-467-3001

State Fire Marshal incident team prepares to demobilize

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office - News Release

Structural task forces from Multnomah and Washington Hood River counties are being demobilized from the D. Harris Conflagration due to the decreasing threat to structures in the area. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Incident Management Team will turn control of the fire back to the local fire district for structural protection today at 6:00 p.m.


The D Harris Fire began August 18 in the Juniper Flat Fire Protection District. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of the City of Maupin, Oregon and estimated to be 3,800 acres.

Residents in Maupin should remain on alert for possible evacuation should conditions worsen.

Governor Kulongoski invoked the Oregon Conflagration Act to allow State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The request to invoke the conflagration act came from Wasco County Assistant Fire Defense Board Chief Jay Wood.

News Release - White Lightning Complex

The Oregon Department of Forestry is providing mutual aid on several of the fires in what is being called the White Lightning Complex in Central Oregon.  Following is a news release about this complex that was issued this afternoon.

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WHITE LIGHTNING COMPLEX

As of 1200 (12:00 noon), Friday, August 20, 2010

Approximate start time: 2100 (9:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Background: There were 400 lightning strikes on Tuesday evening causing 28 fire starts to-date. Most were small fires but five developed into larger fires due to dry weather conditions and winds.

Island Rim Fire: Located on the flat between the Warm Springs River and Beaver Creek south of Tribal Highway 9 that runs from US Highway 26 to Simnasho. Approximately 1,000 acres of rangeland, it threatened one home and several water developments, and burned one out building.

Johnson Lake Fire: Located about 2 miles south of Simnasho on the west side of Tribal Highway 3 on Schoolie Flat. Approximately 2,500 acres of rangeland, this fire threatened numerous homes. In addition to wildland fire fighters, the Central Oregon Structural Protection Task Force III (Warm Springs Fire and Safety, Jefferson County Fire District, Crook County Fire District and Crooked River Ranch Fire District) assisted in protecting homes and other structures. No losses were reported. A Level II Evacuation Order was in place for a voluntary evacuation of the area.

Youther Fire: Located east of Tribal Highway 3 about 6 miles northeast of Simnasho on the northeastern boundary of the reservation, approximately 6 miles northwest of Dant on the Deschutes River and about 4 miles south of the community of Wapinitia to the north of the reservation. Approximately 1,200 acres in rangeland and scrub oak county. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is assisting with this fire as portions are on lands protected off the reservation by the department.

Nelson Fire: Located about 1 to 2 miles east/northeast of the Youther Fire also in rangeland and scrub oak county. This fire reactivated about 0620 (6:20 a.m.) this morning and is moving north/northeast down Nena Creek canyon. It is approximately 1,500 acres and growing. Additional crews are being dispatched to that fire. ODF is assisting with this fire.

Laughlin Hills II Fire: Located west of Tribal Highway 3 about 6 miles northeast of Simnasho on the northeastern boundary of the reservation, about 2 miles west of the Youther Fire in forested country. Approximately 2,000 acres in size, crews are back burning from Highway 3 on the eastern flank to help control the fire and hoping to hold the northern line. ODF is assisting with this fire.

Road Closures: Due to safety concerns and fire traffic, Tribal Highway 3 is closed at the Kah-Nee-Ta Road junction (Tribal Highway 8) north to mile post 33 at the northern boundary of the reservation, and at the Simnasho junction of Tribal highways 3 and 9. Only Schoolie Flat residents and employees of the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery are allowed in the area.

Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino remains open. Those coming from the north and wanting to reach the resort and casino are encouraged to continue south on US Highway 26 past the Simnasho turnoff (Tribal Highway 9) into Warm Springs and take Tribal Highway 3 north to Kah-Nee-Ta.

Total personnel: Approximately 350

Resources: 12 crews, six smokejumpers, 20 engines, eight tenders, 2 dozers, three helicopters, three planes, and 20 overhead personnel. Additional crews, engines, tenders, dozers and overhead personnel are on order.

Incident Command: Being managed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Warm Springs Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The Warm Springs Police Department is assisting. A Type II Incident Command Team will arrive this afternoon to take over the complex so local fire fighters can return to initial attach duties.

Contact: Clay Penhollow, Fire Information Officer at 553-2413.

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Jeri Chase, Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201

Forestry officials hunt down fires, appeal to public to use caution

The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release today:


August 20, 2010
Contact: Kevin Weeks, 503-689-6879


Forestry officials urged recreationists and local residents to exercise extreme caution with fire Friday as efforts continued to find and put out fires from a swarm of lightning strikes earlier this week.

More than 1,200 lightning strikes pummeled forestland in eastern Lane and Linn counties on Tuesday. Lightning-caused fires can simmer deep in the forest for days before rapidly growing large enough to detect.

“We expect to find more ‘sleeper’ fires every afternoon as the clouds lift and the sun warms up the ground,” said Lena Tucker, district forester in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s South Cascade District.

“We always urge the public to be cautious in using fire, but that is doubly important now, when the response to the lightning storms is stretching resources very thin.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, other firefighting agencies, and forest landowners are all making essential contributions. “The whole system is coordinated and working well,” Tucker said. “But it will take some time to find all the fires.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry protects about 1.3 million acres of forestland in its South Cascade District, which has offices in Springfield and Sweet Home. The Forest Service has fire protection responsibility on the Willamette National Forest.

On private lands, Tucker said, “Landowners have been actively patrolling their ownerships and notifying us of any smoke they detect. We could not cover all the land we protect if they were not assisting us.” Landowners also take direct fire suppression action.

The lightning sweep has caused at least five fires, all stopped at less than an acre, on state-protected land. The Willamette National Forest has reported about 125 lightning-caused fire starts.

“We expect cool weather over the weekend, but we’d like to remind people to be careful with fire, particularly with recreational campfires.”

Public use restrictions are in effect in the area. These include:

1. Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and on sand or gravel bars that lie between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation.
2. Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
3. Chain saw use is prohibited in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level III and IV.
4. Chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., in areas subject to Industrial Fire Precaution Level I and II. Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following fire fighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one 1 hour following the use of each saw.
5. Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads or for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
6. All motor vehicles must be equipped with one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, one axe, and one shovel, except when traveling on state and county roads. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except when traveling on state and county roads."
7. Use of fireworks is prohibited.
8. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
9. Use of exploding targets is prohibited.
10. Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
11. Blasting is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Blasting is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.

To report a wildfire, people should call 911.

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Jeri Chase, Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201

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