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

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Update on Cactus Mountain fire

The Cactus Mountain fire 17 miles northeast of Imnaha in NE Oregon is at 6,475 acres and 25 percent contained on Saturday morning.

Yesterday, fire command was transferred to NW Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team. Firefighting strategies and tactics were developed, with firefighter safety, and protecting private land, key elements of the plan. This fire is being managed with close cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The objective is to keep this fire east of the Imnaha River, south and west of the Snake River, northeast of Cow Creek, and north of private lands. There are sensitive resources and historical structures that need protection in the next 2 operational periods.

Crews were successful in protecting the structures at Dug Bar yesterday, when the fire made a run in that direction, with focus on the Litch Ranch in Cow Creek. Temperatures today in the canyon are forecasted to be in the upper 90’s. Crews will work today to notify the hunters in the Lord Flat area, as a precautionary measure for public safety.

Cactus Mountain Fire Information
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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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