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.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Update on fires near Maupin

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Lower Deschutes Complex-Prineville Bureau of Land Management

The Fall Canyon Fire is approximately 3,200 acres and 40% contained; approximately 60 firefighters and support personnel are assigned, including five engines. Due to limited accessibility, jet boats were utilized to ferry the Silver City and Lassen Hotshot crews to the southern flank of the fire Thursday.

The Devil’s Half Acre Fire is approximately 600 acres in size and 25% contained. Six additional crews arrived to assist with the fire Thursday, including the Zuni, Arrowhead, Fulton, Little Tujunga, Kern Valley and Sierra Interagency Hotshots. Other resources assigned include eight engines, a 20-person hand crew and multiple air resources.

Deschutes River Segment & Recreation Site Closure

The section of the Deschutes River from City Park in Maupin to Sandy Beach take out is closed to recreational use until further notice due to fire suppression activity. Use of all recreation sites, including overnight and day us in this section of the river is not permitted, including the Oasis, Blue Hole, Oak Springs and White River campgrounds. All use of the river including floating, swimming and fishing is not permitted. The closure is in effect on a day to day basis until further notice. There are no road closures in effect at this time.

Maupin - Potential evacuations
Residents of Maupin are still on a Planning Level 1 notice (precautionary) for potential evacuations.

Incident Management Team takes command of fire Friday

The Incident Command Post (ICP) for the Central Oregon Incident Management Team is located at the Dufur School; the team will assume command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Friday

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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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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