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.

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:


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.


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:

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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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