Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Friday, September 28, 2012

Morning update - September 28, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


ODF The Dalles Unit -- The Milepost 66 fire burning 2 miles east of Hood River reached full containment on Thursday afternoon. The 70-acre fire crosses several ownership types, and resources from ODF, the U.S. Forest Service, and multiple local fire districts are assigned to the fire. The fire is burning along the Mark Hatfield trail between Hood River and Mosier; the trail is closed during the fire response. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews on Friday are performing mop-up within the fire boundaries, and two helicopters continue to perform water drops on the fire. Motorists on Interstate 84 east of Hood River are urged to use caution in the area due to fire vehicle traffic and the visual distraction of helicopters dipping bucket loads of water close to the highway.

ODF firefighters also responded to two small fires south of Mosier Thursday afternoon, both were kept at below one acre each.

ODF South Cascade District – the Buck Mountain fire was reported Thursday night about 8:15pm burning in replanted forestland NE of Eugene in the Coburg Hills. The fire is estimated at 18 acres on Friday morning; crews made progress on the fire overnight, and have been able to establish a bulldozer line around the fire to slow its growth. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

South Cascade District dispatched 5 engines to the fire, two crews, a bulldozer and 3 water tenders. Several rural districts provided assistance on the fire. On Friday, additional personnel and equipment from ODF’s Western Lane District and Douglas Forest Protective Association will assist the incident response.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,285 acres and 85 percent contained. Full containment is expected by October 15. Deschutes County officials have lifted the Level 2 pre-evacuation alert for residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas. 600 fire personnel are working this incident, which is anticipated to begin a transition back to local district management on Saturday. All major highway routes remain open to Sisters and other central Oregon communities. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3244/

The Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, has been mapped at 1,009 acres and is uncontained. Trail closures are in place and visitors are advised to contact the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, who is managing this fire, prior to entering the area.

The Rooper fire burning three miles north of Antelope on Prineville District BLM lands was reported Tuesday afternoon. The fire in grass and brush is 660 acres and 90 percent contained.

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

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

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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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