Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































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.

Closures:

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.

More information -- www.inciweb.org/incident/3105

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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