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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deadman Canyon fire in central Oregon grows

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Firefighters are continuing to fight a new wildfire ignited by the lightning storm that passed through Central Oregon Monday afternoon. The Deadman Canyon Fire has grown to approximately 1600 acres, and is burning in a remote area east of Highway 97 and north of Hwy 293 (Please note: the previous release incorrectly identified this road as Highway 218); approximately 3 ½ miles northeast of the junction of Hwy 97/293. Several buildings remain threatened.

Due to fire traffic along Highway 293 and the location of the fire, Oregon Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 293, between the junction of Highway 97and Hwy 293 and Antelope. Traffic traveling to Antelope or farther to Fossil should take Highway 218 south from Shaniko to Antelope.

The fire has no estimate of containment at this time.

The Deadman Canyon Fire is staffed with two heavy airtankers, three helicopters, two single-engine tanker planes, one lead plane, one Hotshot crew and several additional handcrews. In addition, the fire is staffed by nine fire engines, ten smoke-jumpers, rappellers from helicopters, one dozer, and two water tenders.

Fire crews from the Prineville BLM are being assisted by Jefferson County Fire District #1, as well as by many local landowners. An incident management team will assume command of the fire Wednesday morning. The fire is burning in juniper, sagebrush and grass vegetation in an area with limited access.

(A revised acreage estimate at 7:00 Wednesday morning places the size of the fire at 3,500 – NW Coordination Center report)

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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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