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

Community meetings for Cache Creek fire

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 - Central Oregon
Fire Information Center: 541-432-0163
Inciweb Website:

Cache Creek Fire Community Meetings Scheduled This Week

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team 3 will have two community meetings providing information on the Cache Creek Fire burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreational Area 41 miles northeast of Enterprise, OR. Separate meetings will be held this Thursday and Friday in Imnaha and Joseph. The agendas will focus on current fire information, fire behavior and an opportunity to ask questions related to the Cache Creek Fire. Handouts, including maps, will be offered to those attending.

The Imnaha meeting will be held on Thursday, August 30, at 6 pm at the Imnaha Christian Fellowship Church on Imnaha Highway.

The Joseph meeting will be held on Friday August 31, at 5 pm at the Joseph Community Center.

Information on the Cache Creek Fire can be found at  or by contacting the Cache Creek Fire information office at 541-432-0163.

The 68,500 acre fire is burning in both Oregon and Washington, on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), private, Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands, and Washington Fish and Wildlife state lands. Over 840 personnel are assigned to the incident and with an estimated containment date of September 5, 2012.


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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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