Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Geneva 12 Wildfire update - 8:30 Tuesday morning

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
Central Oregon – Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures last night to make good progress on the Geneva 12 fire burning about 15 miles northeast of Sisters near Lake Billy Chinook. The fire was mapped late last night and the updated acreage is 1,341 acres. Containment is 30 percent this morning and full containment is still expected by 8/13/12.

Fire crews will focus on holding the perimeter through the heat of the day and building and improving containment lines. Primary concerns include hot and dry temperatures and the potential for wind in the afternoon that could cause increased fire behavior and spotting.

The fire started yesterday and grew quickly, threatening homes in the 3 Rivers subdivision. Approximately 100 homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m.; however, the evacuation order was lifted around 10 p.m. when fire behavior calmed down. No structures were damaged or lost within the 3 Rivers subdivision; however, a pickup and a utility trailer were lost within the fire perimeter near Geneva road.

No road closures are in effect this morning although the public is asked to stay out of the area to avoid impacting firefighting traffic. Anyone traveling in the 3 Rivers area this morning should slow down and watch for fire-related traffic.

An incident management team will take control of the fire today. The Lake Chinook Fire Department will continue to manage structural protection.

There are more than 125 firefighters working the fire this morning with additional resources arriving today. Total fire personnel is expected to exceed 200 by this afternoon. Currently there are three dozers, 4 20-person handcrews, 7 wildland engines, 15 structural engines from neighboring departments such as the city of Bend, Redmond Fire, Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire, and La Pine Fire, and one water tender. The fire will continue using the Type I (heavy) helicopter and the Type III (light) helicopter to put water on hot spots. Airtankers remain available to use as needed.

Additional firefighters around Central Oregon will remain available to respond to any new fires today. Lightning “holdover” fires can smolder in heavy duff or in the root systems at the bases of trees for several days before the ground and vegetation dries out enough for the fire to begin spreading. Local fire officials will have firefighters placed around Central Oregon to respond to any new starts reported by fire lookouts or reconnaissance aircraft.



  1. have any contract crews or engine been dispatched to geneva yet?

  2. Dispatching information about the Geneva 12 fire would be released by the COIDC, 541-416-6811


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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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