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.


































Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NE Oregon - Cache Creek fire - road closures implemented

Source - Inciweb

Closure of Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260) north of Imnaha


Due to the Cache Creek Fire moving southward toward the Imnaha River, beginning immediately, the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260) will be closed. The closure begins at the junction of Fence Creek (six miles north of Imnaha) north to the Dug Bar Landing on the Snake River by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Department and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

This closure impacts the river landing at Dug Bar. River patrols are posting notices up river at various locations. The closure will be staffed by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Department.

The closure is needed for public safety. The Cache Creek Fire started August 20, 2012, by lightning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

Incident Information Phone: 541-432-0163

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202

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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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