Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

However, The Buckaroo Creek Fire was reported at 8 p.m. on Tuesday burning 15 miles SE of Pendleton on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (ODF protects those lands) in timber, brush and grass. Strong winds pushed the fire but ODF-Pendleton Unit, CTUIR and BIA firefighters were able to get a line around it at 8.5 acres.
Three ODF fire engines, four CTUIR engines and one BIA engine responded to the fire. Today an Oregon Youth Authority 10-person crew, five engines and a water tender are conducting mop-up. Cause is under investigation.

ODF The Dalles Unit -- The Milepost 66 fire burning in grass, oak and conifer 2 miles east of Hood River reached full containment on Thursday. The fire, now mapped at 60 acres, has solid containment boundaries around it and is currently 70 percent controlled.
Yesterday, management of the fire was turned over to the Forest Service who will continue to mop up, patrol and rehab as needed. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. For more information: David Jacob – (541) 296-4626

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Fire crews made progress yesterday on the Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, and constructed additional fire lines in the northwest corner of the fire.  A heavy-lift helicopter was added to support fire fighters cool down hot spots throughout the fire area.  Together with a medium lift capacity helicopter, both ships worked very effectively as a team in support of on-the-ground efforts to contain the fire.  The fire size is 26,510 acres, and is 85% contained. Fire crews are continuing to hold and mop up along all perimeters of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Temperatures today are expected to be much lower with the added benefit of an increase in the relative humidity (the amount of moisture in the air).  Fire managers will take advantage of this weather pattern and plan to continue with fire line construction and mop-up operations to meet containment objectives by October 15.  Smoke will continue to be produced from this fire and depending on the wind direction and speed, some communities and areas may be impacted with various amounts of smoke.  Those with respiratory issues may wish to consult the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality website for tips on smoke mitigation, http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/wildfire/index.htm.

Information on this fire can be found in various places including Facebook, Twitter and Inciweb (www.inciweb/incidents/3244>).  All of these information sites will be updated as conditions change. 
Residents are reminded that we are still in fire season and this fire is not contained.  Due to an increase in hunters in the woods and the continued dry conditions, new fire starts are a possibility and citizens should monitor available information sources and stay alert.
Check
www.firewise.org> for tips and techniques to help protect your home from future wildfires.

The lightning-caused Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning in sub-alpine fir 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, has been mapped at 1,009 acres and is uncontained.  Minimal fire behavior reported last night. 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.

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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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