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





Friday, September 7, 2012

Fire Update for Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
 
The Slate Creek fire burning in timber and brush about 13 miles west of Grants Pass was reported Monday. Final size of the fire was estimated at 154 acres; fire was burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. 
 

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and Douglas and Coos Forest Protective Associations have been assisting; all of the districts in S. Oregon, as well as local contractors and vendors, contributed overhead or equipment. The fire was declared contained at 0600 this morning. Crews are still mopping up.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON
The lightning-caused Cache Creek fire NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County has covered 73,534 acres and is 90 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken over command of suppression efforts. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

EASTERN/SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON

The Parish Cabin fire reported last Tuesday burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County, is currently 6,481 acres and is now 90 percent contained. Fire behavior has been minimal and firefighters continue with patrol and mop up operations. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has command of suppression efforts. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Drivers using Highway 395 between John Day and Seneca will encounter increased fire vehicle traffic, please drive with caution and use headlights in the area. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/.


The Waterfalls 2 fire is burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The fire has burned 12,265 acres and is 85 percent contained; firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up the perimeter. Area closures have been lifted for the Pacific Crest Trail, Breitenbush Lake, and the Jefferson Park recreational area. Closure remains in effect for Warm Springs Agency lands including Trout Lake.
Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up the perimeter. Interior islands of unburned fuels continue to burn out and put some smoke in the air. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the suppression efforts.
More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

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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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