Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Fire Update - Sept. 1, 2011


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported yesterday on the lands protected by ODF.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:
The 57,597-acre Hancock Complex reported Aug. 24 burning northeast of Clarno along the John Day River is 85 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on this lightning-caused fire.

The 1,500-acre Webster Fire reported Aug. 24 burning four miles northeast of Warm Springs is 95 percent contained. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs is the lead agency on the lightning-caused fire.
The 193-acre Jim White Ridge Complex reported Aug. 3 burning 10 miles east of Cove is uncontained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fires with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.
The 2,117-acre Desert Meadows Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 15 miles south of Frenchglen is 75 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 90,436-acre High Cascades Fire complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 25 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,931-acre Smyth Creek Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 15 miles south of Diamond is 95 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 550-acre Incident 615 fire reported Aug. 25 burning three miles southeast of Twickingham is 80 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 499-acre Lauserica Fire reported Aug. 26 burning 20 miles northwest of Fields is 60 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,310-acre Dead Dog Fire reported Aug. 25 burning 13 miles north of Mitchell is 85 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 1,664-acre Dollar Lake Fire reported Aug. 27 burning 16 miles south of the town of Hood River is five percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire.

The 485-acre Shadow Lake Fire reported Aug. 28 burning 15 miles west of Sisters is uncontained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION:
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE:
The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. However, because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

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