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

Friday, August 20, 2010

Update on State Fire Marshal incident team deployment

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office - News Release

The D Harris Fire began yesterday 8/19/2010 in the Juniper Flat Fire Protection District. At present, members of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Red Incident Management Team are assessing the extent of the fire and reports of destroyed structures.

The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of the City of Maupin, Oregon and estimated to be 3,800 acres. However, a more accurate estimate will be available later in the day.

The fire is burning in grass, juniper, and pine tree stands with dramatic rates of spread yesterday afternoon due to warm temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds. Weather for today is expected to produce similar conditions as Thursday.

Residents in Maupin are on a level 1 evacuation alert advising them to prepare for possible evacuation should conditions worsen.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Red Incident Management Team is assigned to the incident and has assumed Command early Friday morning. Task Forces from Hood River, Multnomah, and Washington counties are assigned to the incident.

The structural incident command post and base camp is located at Maupin High School. The incident information officer will be making contact with members of the community today to address any concerns.

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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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