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

Parish Cabin fire - 12:30pm update

The Parish Cabin fire is currently being managed by the Malheur National Forest office in John Day. Interagency Incident Management Team Oregon 4 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later Wednesday. ODF is assisting IIMT Oregon 4 with resources.

Parish Cabin Fire- Evacuation Update / Road Closures

Source: Malheur National Forest / Inciweb

The Parish Cabin Fire estimated to be 5,000 acres is located 12 miles northeast of Seneca near the intersection of Forest Roads 15 and 16.

For public and firefighter safety, persons who may have been evacuated are not allowed to enter the fire area at this time. Officials are in the process of establishing a process for allowing evacuee's entry to Parish Cabin Campground as well as surrounding camping areas. When it is deemed safe to enter the area, an announcement will be made and the process will be explained.

For firefighter and public safety, roads in the area will be closed and road guards will be posted. Checkpoints will be located at the intersections of Forest Roads 15 and 1520, 1710 and 1619, and 15 and 1540 roads; as well as Forest Road 16 at Biggs Ranch, and Forest Road 16 at the east end of Logan Valley. The public is advised to remain out of the area due to extreme fire activity.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is scheduled to transition with the local team at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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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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