Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Burn-out continuing this evening on Rooster Rock Fire

The news release issued by the inter-agency team on the Rooster Rock Fire this evening notes that a planned burn-out is being implemented throughout the night that will be visible to area residents and travelers on Highway 20 from Sisters to Bend.

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team, under joint authority from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Deschutes National Forest, assumed command of the Rooster Rock Fire on August 3, 2010. This inter-agency Team is working closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Deschutes National Forest to determine strategy and tactics for suppression of this fire. The Team is working with guidance from the Oregon Department of Forestry to meet the objectives of the private land owners whose lands the Department is responsible for protecting.

Fire Behavior: The Team's evening news release noted that the inversion over the Rooster Rock Fire lifted this morning by 10 am resulting in active fire behavior. The lifting of smoke allowed aerial resources to engage earlier than yesterday. Both helicopters and air tankers were able to support the firefighters on the ground to suppress the forward movement of the fire and cool numerous spot fires outside the pioneered dozer line.

Closures: The Special Area Closure that closes portions of the Forest Road 16 and surrounding area remains in effect. For the full closure information please see the following website and look for the Rooster Rock Special Area Closure http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/conditions/fire-news.shtml .

Quick Facts (effective Wednesday, 8/4/10 @ 8 p.m.)
Acres: 4,600
Containment: 20%
Location: 6 miles south of Sisters
Cause: Under investigation
Start Date/Time: Reported August 2, 2010, 1141 hrs
Total personnel: 712
Crews: 20; Engines: 23, Helicopters: 6; Water tenders: 25

For complete information on the Rooster Rock Fire, visit the Inciweb site at
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2056/ or call the Team's Fire Information Line (7 a.m. - 10 p.m.) at 541-549-7610.

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

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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