Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Barry Point fire - afternoon update

Source – South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

The Barry Point Fire is now 100% contained. Approximately 270 miles of fire line, built by hand and dozer, are containing the fire. Mop-up and suppression repair efforts are in full swing with 465 personnel now focused on ensuring the fire stays within the containment lines.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is supporting the mop-up and fire line rehabilitation supplying a division devoted to working with private landowners of fire-affected property. This includes mopping up 300 feet inside the fire line, cooling down interior islands that have the potential to reburn, and assessing damage to fences, culverts and other infrastructure. "We're glad to be able to continue to support our constituents and get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible," said Deputy Incident Commander Kevin Burdon of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

There are heavy fuels and islands of unburned brush and trees within the fire perimeter that may still burn. Putting fire fighters in these areas, however, would expose them to significant risk while not impacting suppression objectives as they are inside the perimeter. These unburned fuels will continue to burn and produce smoke until they burn out or a weather-changing event such as heavy rains or snow put them out. There is no threat to homes and the fire will continue to be monitored.

Even though the fire is now contained, area closures in California and Oregon are still in effect to provide public and firefighter safety as crews and equipment continue to work in the area.


On the Fremont-Winema National Forest all the National Forest Lands, recreation sites, roads and trails in Yokum Valley, the Fitzwater/Point Ranch area, Dog Mountain, Long Valley, Drews Valley (south of Highway140), Dent creek and Barry Point are closed

On the Modoc National Forest the entire area, including all roads, from the Oregon/California border south to the Big Sage Management Area then to the west to the 73 Road and east to Goose Lake. Also, on the Modoc NF the Janes Camp Ground is closed.

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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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