Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Daily Fire Update - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, August 3, 2010.


FIRES ON SHARED JURISDICTIONS:

The “Rooster Rock” Fire was reported yesterday at 11:44 a.m. near Forest Road 16 and Whychus Creek on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. The fire grew quickly in size due to 8-12 mph winds pushing it through a mix of sagebrush and ponderosa pine and is now burning on both public and private forestlands.

Firefighters working with several dozers made good progress putting in a containment line on the Rooster Rock Fire last night. With temperatures expected in the low 90’s and the potential for afternoon wind, the challenge will be holding this perimeter line through the heat of the day. The fire is approximately 1,850 acres this morning and there is no estimate of containment. A Type II Incident Management Team (Rapp) assumed control of the fire at 0800 this morning.

Yesterday, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Search and Research volunteers implemented a precautionary evacuation for homes approximately two miles south and two miles west of Plainview. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Sisters Elementary School, 611 E Cascade Street in Sisters. At this time the precautionary evacuation order remains in effect.

Red Cross also works cooperatively with the local pet evacuation team to help evacuees with the care of small and large animals. For additional information and assistance associated with pet rescue, contact Jaime Kanski at 541-610-6628.

The fire will be staffed today with the following air resources: two Type I helicopters, one Type III helicopter, and two additional helicopters have been ordered. A temporary flight restriction is in place for five miles around the fire to 8,000 feet. Ground forces include: one hotshot crew, two 10-person Department of Corrections handcrews from the Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras, four 5-person handcrews, and three 20-person handcrews; 15 water tenders, six saw teams, eight engines, and several dozers.

Air resources currently assigned to the fire include three air tankers, two heavy helicopters and one light helicopter. Ground resources assigned include the Redmond Hotshots, two ten-person Department of Correction crews from the Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras, several five-person hand crews, eight engines, one water tender and two dozers. The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department is providing structure protection.

Closures: Forest Road 16 (Three Creeks Road) is closed at this time.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fire officials are asking the public to stay clear of the area to allow access for firefighting equipment and personnel.

Information on this fire can also be found on the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center’s website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire. When the Central Oregon Incident Management Team is fully up and running, the Team will be posting fire information on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:

No other new fires were reported in the last 24 hours.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:

Dutch Fire: Klamath National Forest; 522 acres; 20 percent contained; staffed by the ORCA Incident Management Team. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2054/.

Drinkwater Fire: Wallowa Whitman National Forest; growth stopped on Sunday, August 1. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2055/.

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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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