Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Federal team now in command of Buckhorn Fire

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team, incident commander Mark Rapp, assumed command of the Buckhorn Complex this morning at 0600 hours. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Wheeler High School in Fossil, Oregon.

Two fires of approximately 2,200 acres and 100 acres make-up the Buckhorn Complex. Yesterday, the largest fire of the complex burned down to the John Day River and crossed over the river. A large burn-out operation was also conducted to secure the west and southwest flank. Additional crews are on order as well as five engines. These firefighters will be used on the line and also to assist with initial attack responsibilities. The combined acreage is totaling 2,300 acres with an estimated containment of 20 percent.

There are no closures at this time but recreation floaters and rafters are asked to be aware that helicopters are dipping water from the John Day River to be used for fire suppression and are asked to stay clear of the dip sites.


Acres: 2,300
Containment: 20%
Location: 13 miles north of Clarno
Cause: Lightning
Start Date/Time: Reported July 27, 2010, 1148 hrs
Total personnel: 121
Crews: 4, Engines:5, Helicopters: 1- medium, 2-heavy lift, Water tenders: 1

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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