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





Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beals Creek final report - 88 acre fire contained

The final size of the Beals Creek Fire has been mapped at 88 acres. Fire was declared contained at 6 pm Wednesday.

Firefighters strengthened containment lines throughout the day Wednesday and are in the process of mopping up hot spots to prevent future growth. The mop up process is expected to take several days and then will enter patrol status. DFPA engine crews will check the fire area throughout the summer to prevent future flare-ups.

Cooperating agencies on the fire include DFPA, Coos Forest Protective Association, the Oregon Department of Forestry, landowners and several rural fire departments.

The cause of the fire remains 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.

Follow DFPA on twitter at www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA  or at their website at http://www.dfpa.net/

DFPA has provided photos of the fire on their web site

Tom Fields
Public Information Officer
Douglas Forest Protective Association

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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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