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





Monday, September 12, 2011

Morning statewide fire summary - September 12, 2011

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF protected lands have been reported during the past 24 hours.


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:

** NORTH-CENTRAL OREGON

The 108,096-acre High Cascades Fire complex reported Aug. 24 burning along the Deschutes River is 85 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 5,843-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. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2563

The 1,670-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 5 percent contained. An interagency incident management team assumed command of the fire Friday at 12:00 Noon. Trail and area closures are in effect, also Bull of the Woods historic lookout is at risk. InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2636

The 9,972-acre Shadow Lake Fire reported Aug. 28 burning 15 miles west of Sisters is 25 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire with a monitor/confine/contain strategy. Smoke impacts on Highway 20, also Sisters/Madras area. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/2550

The 88-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 8,000-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 20 percent contained. The NW Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire Friday morning. Closures related to the fire area were issued Monday 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 60 percent contained. Additional information is available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2660

The 315-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 fire is about 100 acres and 95 percent contained. A unified command of the fire has been established between the U.S. Forest Service, Medford District BLM and Oregon Department of Forestry. The Oregon California Interagency Incident Management Team (ORCA) assumed fire suppression management of the fire under the unified command. An incident command post has been established at Lake Selmac County Park with over 270 fire fighters and support personnel actively working to quickly suppress the Lone Mountain Fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Additional incident information is available on InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2655

The 710-acre Umpqua Complex of fires burning 9 miles south of Toketee in the Umpqua National Forest began Aug. 24. An incident management team from southern California assumed command of the fire 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 last 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 3,000-acre Garden fire is burning 18 miles northeast of Fort Rock. This lightning-caused fire is burning in grasslands, brush and juniper within the BLM Lakeview District. Fire is 50 percent contained. Increase in acreage due to burnout operations to consume fuels

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

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