Current situation

Fire Season continues as drier and warmer weather persists through most of Oregon. Easterly winds early today over and west of the Cascades will
weaken through the day as the thermal trough moves over the Cascades, but are expected to pick up again over the weekend.

Fire danger has been raised in some districts with increased fire danger. Fire restrictions vary across the state. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Daily Fire Update for Thursday, August 23, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

The 19,000-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise has moved onto approximately 200+ acres of private ODF-protected lands on the WNW boundary of the fire. ODF resources on the fire include engines, crews, air attack resources, tenders, and dozers, as well as fire management personnel. More information on this fire is below.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The 19,000-acre Cache Creek Fire, burning 41 ½ miles NNE of Enterprise in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, is currently 0 percent contained, and burning in Oregon and Washington on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, private, and Washington Fish and Wildlife state lands. This fire started the afternoon of Monday, August 20, from lightning that moved through the area. An Interagency Incident Management Team (IIMT Oregon Team 3; Incident Commander Mark Rapp) assumed command of this fire this morning. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/

The lightning-caused, 93,071-acre [acreage reduction due to latest more accurate mapping] Barry Point Fire, burning 24 miles southwest of Lakeview, is 70 percent contained.. The advance of the fire on ODF-protected private forestlands was stopped last weekend (August 18-19) at 12,300 acres. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/.

The lightning-caused, 461,047-acre Holloway Fire, originating 25 miles east of Denio, Nevada, has burned 245,505 acres in Oregon on the Burns and Vale Districts of the Bureau of Land Management and 215,542 acres in Nevada. The fire is 97 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3113/. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused, 292-acre Buckhead Complex, burning on the Willamette National Forest two miles north of Westfir, is 80 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3126/.

The lightning-caused 5,200-acre Fort Complex, burning on the Klamath National Forest in California and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, is 37 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/.

The lightning-caused, 14,036-acre Ten Mile Complex, burning three Miles northeast of McDermitt, Nevada, is fully contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3143/. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused, 8,464-acre Waterfalls 2 Fire, burning approximately 5 miles northeast of Mt. Jefferson and 22 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is 7 percent contained. The Olallie Lake Scenic Area is closed, impacting trails and campgrounds in the area, with closures expanded on lands owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and on the Mt. Hood National Forest. More information on this fire I s available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

The human-caused, 120-acre Ice Cave Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Bend on U.S. Forest Service lands, is 90 percent contained.

The 142-acre Butte Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands at Windigo Pass in Douglas County, is 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. This fire has impacted and closed roads and trails in the Pacific Crest Trail system in the area of the fire. More information on this fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3161/.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, www.nwccweb.us/, or to the national Incident Information System website, www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Because fires starting on one ownership type may spread to others, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies commonly work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected land, and on the department's role as a partner in fighting major fires that start on land protected by other agencies.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry:

*Note: These fire statistics include fire starts, cause, and acreage amounts that are input from ODF offices throughout the state. When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not yet be included in the available statistics.

The most current fire statistic reports that are available can be accessed from the department’s website at:
www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/fires/dailyFireReps.asp

Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager: 503-370-0403

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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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