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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beals Ck Fire in Douglas Co. at more than 75 acres

July 5, 2011
Just when everyone thought the fireworks were over, a fire east of Canyonville sent firefighters scrambling into the hills near Days Creek late Monday night. The Beals Creek Fire, located about three miles southwest of Days Creek, was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Monday night and is currently estimated at more than 75 acres this morning. Fire crews and engines from Douglas Forest Protective Association and several fire departments from south Douglas County responded.

The fire is burning in logging slash and timber in steep, rugged terrain not fit for bulldozers. Firefighting hand crews worked throughout the night to scratch a fire trail around the flames. The fire remains uncontained.

Close to 100 firefighters are slated to work the fire today with the support of one helicopter, one bulldozer, seven fire engines and four water tenders. Oregon Department of Forestry and several landowners are assisting in the effort.

Cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the cause of the fire is asked to contact DFPA at 541-672-6507 or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.

Fire season is currently in effect. All outdoor debris burning has been suspended. Increasing summer temperatures are causing fire danger to rise and fire professionals are asking the public’s cooperation in their vigilance to prevent human caused fires.

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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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