Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

Monday, August 23, 2010

White Lightning Complex update

Source: Northwest Oregon Area Interagency Incident Management Team

The stated size of theWhite Lightning Complex fire was increased to 24,397 acres Monday, reflecting Saturday's rapid fire spread and more timely processing of mapping data.

Portions of the Deschutes River have been reopened to recreationists. Stretches of the river from Warm Springs Boat Launch to Trout Creek Campground (river mile 88) and downstream from Harphan Flat (river mile 56) are now open

The remaining 32-mile closure is in effect between Trout Creek Recreation Area (river mile 88) and Harphan Flat Recreation Area (river mile 56).

It has been verified that a cabin and outbuilding at Johnson Flat were destroyed by the fire on Saturday. Also, the BLM compost toilet facility at river mile 63 was burned. All other structures in the Dant area remain intact.

Mop up and patrol of fires on the west side of Highway 3 continues.

Fire at a Glance (8/23/10)

Size: 24,397 acres
Location: 15 miles north of Warm Springs, Oregon
Containment: 10%
Cause: Lightning on August 17th
Number of Personnel Assigned: 903

Evacuations: Level 3 (time to leave) - remains in effect for 8 cabins in the Dant area.


The Deschutes River is closed to rafting between Trout Creek Campground and Harphan Flat Recreation Area.

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.

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