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.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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.


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

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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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