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





Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fire updates statewide - Sunday AM September 11, 2011

** NORTH-CENTRAL OREGON


The 108,096-acre High Cascades Fire complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 80 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2546

The 4,763-acre Dollar Lake Fire reported Aug. 27 burning 16 miles south of Hood River is 35 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort on the lightning-caused fire. An area of concern is the potential impact of the fire on the Bull Run watershed for the City of Portland. Drivers on Oregon Hwy 35 are cautioned to turn on their headlights, slow down, and watch for fire traffic. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2563

The 1,235-acre Mother Lode fire is burning 10 miles northwest of Detroit. A full perimeter has been established around the fire, reported on Aug. 26. The fire is not contained. An interagency incident management team assumed command of the fire Friday at 12:00 Noon. Bull of the Woods historic lookout is at risk. InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2636

The 7,900-acre Shadow Lake Fire reported Aug. 28 burning 15 miles west of Sisters is 15 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy. A new closure area is in effect – the closure now extends to the west along the southeast quadrant of Highways 20 and 126. This includes a portion of the McKenzie River Trail. Evacuations remain in place; youth camp staff will be allowed access on Sunday. Pacific Crest Trail closed. Road access into Big Lake restricted. Smoke impacts on Eugene/Springfield area. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2550

The 116-acre Substitute fire is burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles southeast of McKenzie Bridge. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy. InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2633

** NORTHEAST OREGON

The 7,700-acre Cactus Mountain fire was reported Wednesday burning in grassland 17 miles northeast of Imnaha in Wallowa County. Though primarily on federal lands, 130 acres of the fire are under ODF protection. Active fire spread on Saturday. Several structures are in the fire vicinity and potentially threatened. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire is 10 percent contained. An interagency incident management team assumed command of the fire Friday morning. Additional information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2661

The 120-acre Chicken Hill fire is burning in timber off FR 5185 in the Wallowa Whitman NF northwest of Baker City. The lightning-caused fire is 40 percent contained. Additional information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2660

The 296-acre Jim White Ridge Complex reported Aug. 3 is burning 10 miles east of Cove. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fires with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

** SOUTHERN OREGON

The Lone Mountain fire was reported Friday afternoon burning in grass, brush and timber about 12 miles southwest of Cave Junction in Josephine County. The fast-growing fire was reported at about 200-250 acres in size Saturday morning on a mix of U.S. Forest Service and BLM land ownerships. A unified command of the fire has been established between USFS and Oregon Department of Forestry, as ODF provides fire services under contract to the BLM lands. No containment estimate made. An extended attack on the fire is expected, as the fire is burning in very difficult terrain under continued hot, windy conditions. Five engines, 3 crews, 2 water tenders and one bulldozer are assigned to the fire Saturday, also support from two helicopters. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2655

The 512-acre Skookum Complex of fires burning 9 miles south of Toketee in the Umpqua National Forest began Aug. 24. An incident management team is preparing to start management of the fire on Sunday. Additional information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2652

The 620-acre Red Cone complex of fires is burning 10 miles north of the Crater Lake National Park headquarters. The fire, which began Aug. 20, is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service with a monitor/confine/contain strategy.

The 467-acre Little Butte fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 16 miles northeast of Medford is now 95 percent contained. The fire was reported Monday and Oregon Department of Forestry provided initial attack resources. Fire is managed through a unified command of Rogue River-Siskiyou NF and ODF. Fire lines have been completed and firefighters are aggressively mopping-up to meet containment objectives, seeking to reach full containment by Sunday.

** EASTERN OREGON

The 1,400-acre Buffalo fire is burning 23 miles southeast of Christmas Valley on BLM Lakeview District grasslands. This lightning-caused fire is 80 percent contained

The 1,250-acre Garden fire is burning 18 miles northeast of Fort Rock. This lightning-caused fire is burning in grasslands within the BLM Lakeview District. Fire is 50 percent contained.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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