Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deadman Canyon Wed afternoon update

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Note: The Deadman Canyon fire is being battled by the Bureau of Land Management with assistance from other fire agencies within the central Oregon region. This is not an ODF-managed fire incident. Updates are provided on the ODF Wildfire Blog to keep apprised of current conditions.

Firefighters have successfully limited movement of the Deadman Canyon Fire today and are working to construct and improve containment lines around the fire. At this time, the fire has limited activity and firefighters are using a strategy called “direct attack” where they work directly against the fire to build containment lines. Two helicopters are supporting these efforts with bucket drops.

Containment will remain at 10 percent as firefighters work on the fire through the heat of the day. A more accurate mapping of the fire gives a minor adjustment to the acreage: the fire is 3,384 acres at this time.

Highway 293 is expected to re-open this evening at 5:00 p.m. People traveling through the area and along Highway 97 should continue to use caution, avoid stopping and watch out for fire vehicles.

The Deadman Canyon Fire grew swiftly yesterday as winds pushed the fire on steep slopes north of Madras. Five abandoned outbuildings (old sheds, storage buildings, etc.) were lost and several structures on the scattered ranches in the area remain threatened today. Although winds are predicted to be lower today, firefighters still expected to be challenged by high afternoon temperatures, limited access and rugged terrain.

The Deadman Canyon Fire remains staffed with approximately 150 personnel including three hotshot crews from Redmond, Warm Springs and Zigzag.

As firefighters make progress on Deadman Canyon, additional resources have been released to respond to two fires burning on Sutton Mountain in a Wilderness Study Area located 35 miles northeast of Prineville. Fire growth was initially small on these fires and they were not threatening human lives or private property. As of this morning, fire behavior had increased and firefighters are now working closely with adjacent private landowners to develop suppression strategies and contain these fires. The Sutton Mountain Fires total approximately 800 acres and are staffed by two engines and two helicopters.

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Current wildfire info

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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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