Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-19-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 15-acre Jimmy Creek Fire burning in Douglas County in the jurisdiction of the Coos Forest Protective Association was fully contained at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Trail 2 Fire burning in the Metolius Bench Area is 109 acres and uncontained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort.

The Hunsaker Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Halfway, Oregon, is 693 acres and 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

The lightning-caused Ka Nee Ta Fire burning two miles east of Kah Nee Ta Resort is 115 acres and 90 percent contained. The fire is in mop-up and patrol status. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort.

The lightning-caused Bear Slide Fire burning five miles NNE of Warm Springs is 1,680 acres and 90 percent contained. The fire is in mop-up and patrol status. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort.

The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. The temporary closure in Hells Canyon was lifted Sept. 18. Travelers are asked to continue to exercise caution. The suppression effort is being managed by a local Type 4 incident management team.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 22,000 acres and 20 percent contained. Firefighters completed burnouts on the NW corner of the fire on Tuesday evening. Crews worked to keep the fire within established containment lines on the S, E and N perimeters, and were able to keep the fire west of Road 16. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx, or to the national Incident Information System Internet site, http://inciweb.org/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.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.



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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.




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