Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.








Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rooster Rock Fire Update

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2010 – 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811; http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire

Central Oregon –A 50-acre spot fire at the head of the fire in the northeast corner challenged firefighters earlier this afternoon and has brought the acreage figure for the Rooster Rock Fire to 2,700 acres. Approximately one-half of the Rooster Rock Fire is located on Deschutes National Forest-administered lands and one-half of the fire is located on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Firefighters and equipment continue to improve the line on the north flank of the fire; the fire line west of Whychus Creek is holding. It was difficult for air support to assist ground crews this afternoon due to the smoke inversion and limited visibility. The Rooster Rock Fire remains at 5% containment with no estimated containment date at this time.

After field reconnaissance by fire personnel today, it was confirmed that one storage outbuilding was lost in the blaze yesterday evening.

Personnel and equipment assigned to the night shift include nine engines, four water tenders, four hand crews and two dozers.

Resources currently assigned to, or enroute to, the Rooster Rock fire include 20 engines, 21 hand crews, five helicopters, ten water tenders, 12 dozers and 75 miscellaneous overhead for an approximate total of 550 personnel.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers implemented a precautionary evacuation yesterday for approximately 30 homes in the Plainview area. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Sisters Elementary School, 611 E Cascade Street in Sisters. The Incident will evaluate the evacuation order this evening and determine when residents can return to their homes.

The Rooster Rock Fire is being managed under a joint delegation of authority between the Deschutes National Forest and the Oregon Department of Forestry under a single command by the Central Oregon Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Mark Rapp).

For recorded information regarding re-entry status, residents can call the Deschutes County Sheriff evacuation line at: 541-550-4886

Public Meeting Notice: There will be a public meeting to provide information on the Rooster Rock fire tonight at 7 p.m. at Sisters Elementary School. Incident Commander Mark Rapp will be at the meeting to answer questions about the incident.
 
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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 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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