All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lava Fire updates also on Inciweb

Source -- South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

A road closure is in effect as crews battle the Lava Fire, burning on BLM lands in northern Lake County.

CLOSURE: Sink Road/County Road 5-12B from Derricks Cave Road to the Roth Corner and BLM road 610-9C from Green Mountain to the 5-12B.

Updated information about the fire is also available on Inciweb:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3064/

NE Oregon District now in Regulated Use Closure



Rising wildfire danger has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Northeast Oregon District to institute a Regulated-Use Closure effective Tuesday, July 31.

The Regulated Use Closure affects private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant. The Regulated Use Closure is intended to protect natural resources and public health and safety.

“Recent warm temperatures and limited rainfall throughout the region have dried wildland fuels and increased the danger of wildland fires,” explains John Buckman, Northeast Oregon District Forester. “Implementing Regulated-Use Closure reduces the potential for human-caused fires to occur and allows firefighters to focus on fires ignited by lightning.”

Limiting human-caused fires within the Northeast Oregon District is the objective of the closure, which includes the following restrictions:

• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the Regulated Use Closure area include these Oregon State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam, and Unity Lake. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area.

• Debris burning is prohibited, except in burn barrels for which a valid permit has been issued.

• Non-Industrial chain saw use is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.

• Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

• Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present, unless specifically waived by the State Forester.

• Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2 ) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

• Use of fireworks is prohibited.

• Mowing of dry and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

Visit our website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/NEO/aboutneo.shtml or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

Please check with your local Forest Service office for fire regulations on National Forest land. Information on Public-Use Restrictions on the Oregon Department of Forestry, Umatilla National Forest and Wallowa Whitman National Forest can be found at http://bmidc.org/index.shtml under Current Information: Fire Restrictions.

Christie Shaw / ODF NE Oregon District

Morning report for Tuesday July 31, 2012



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.


FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON --

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock in northern Lake County is estimated at 10,000 acres and 25 percent contained. Over 250 people are actively working the fire that was reported July 23, and fire managers advise the fire may generate smoke in the south-central region of the state for several weeks. Fire information is available from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at (541) 947-6223.

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

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs Office

Monday, July 30, 2012

Daily fire update, 07-30-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

The 30-acre Camas Creek Fire reported Sunday burning on private lands nine miles northwest of Camas Valley was contained at 7 a.m. today. Coos Forest Protective Association responded to the fire with an air tanker, two helicopters, three bulldozers, three fire engines, five 10-person hand crews and three water tenders. The fire burned on steep, rocky terrain. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Danner Loop Fire (BLM) burning 12 miles west of Jordan Valley is 887 acres and contained.

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is 8,100 acres and 20 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Mud Fire (USFS) burning 23 miles north of Enterprise is 75 acres and 95 percent contained.

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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Daily fire update, 07-27-12


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Friday, July 27, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is 200 acres and five percent contained.

The lightning-caused Mud Fire (USFS) burning 23 miles north of Enterprise is 103 acres and 75 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Water Tower Fire (BLM) burning 13 miles southeast of Fields is 1,540 acres and 90 percent contained.

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.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Daily Fire Update for July 26, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center in the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-caused Water Tower Fire (BLM) burning in Red Mountain WSA, a roadless area 17 miles southwest of Fields, is 1,314 acres and uncontained.

Fire is burning in dry grass and sagebrush.

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.



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Daily fire update, 07-25-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Water Tower Fire (BLM) burning 17 miles southwest of Fields is 1,000 acres and uncontained.

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.



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Daily fire update, 07-24-12

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Tuesday, July 24, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen is 160,853 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond is 763 acres and 95 percent contained.
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.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Daily Fire Update, 07-23-12

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Monday, July 23, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

The 55-acre Hudspeth Fire reported on Friday burning in the Northeast Oregon District near Phillips Reservoir was contained on Saturday. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen is 160,853 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond is 763 acres and 95 percent contained.

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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Daily fire update, 07-20-12

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Friday, July 20, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(The fires listed below are those 10 acres and larger in size and are only a portion of the total fires)

The 57-acre Coe Springs Fire reported Thursday afternoon burning in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District six miles northwest of Long Creek is bulldozer-lined and in mop-up today. Resources at the fire include four fire engines and a five-person hand crew. The fire was caused by lightning.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen is 160,053 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Buck Creek Fire (BLM) burning 16 miles northeast of Hampton is 3,500 acres and fully contained.

The lightning-caused Baker Canyon Fire (BLM) burning 20 miles north of Madras is 8,309 acres and 50 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond is 763 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Crack in the Ground Fire (BLM) burning seven miles north of Christmas Valley is 450 acres and 50 percent contained.

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.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stone Gulch Fire burns 44 acres in John Day Unit

The Stone Gulch Fire burned 44 acres in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District on Wednesday. Located eight miles northwest of Long Creek, the fire is contained and in mop-up. Three fire engines and one bulldozer were assigned to the blaze.

Daily Fire Update - July 19, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Thursday, July 19, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 20-acre Hills Fire reported Wednesday morning in the Klamath-Lake District 10 miles south of Klamath Falls was fully lined by evening and in mop-up. A fire engine is monitoring the site today. Cause is under investigation. The Winema Hotshots assisted ODF with initial attack on the fire yesterday (not reported previously).

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen is 160,053 acres and 95 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Buck Creek Fire (BLM) burning 16 miles northeast of Hampton is 1,000 acres and five percent contained.

The lightning-caused Baker Canyon Fire (BLM) burning 20 miles north of Madras is 8,309 acres and 50 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond is 763 acres and 75 percent contained.

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 WEATHER
For current fire weather information, go to:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml

WILDFIRE SMOKE FORECASTS
For current smoke information:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Daily fire update - 07-18-12

FIRES ON OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

The 20-acre Hills Fire reported early Wednesday morning in the Klamath-Lake District 10 miles south of Klamath Falls is 10 percent lined. A helicopter is working the fire along with five fire engines, an eight-person hand crew, the Winema Hotshots and a water tender. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen in brush and grass is 160,058 acres and 90 percent contained. An evacuation notice continues for the community of Frenchglen and South Harney Lake. Prior to entering the area, check www.tripcheck.com for traffic closures or delays.

The lightning-caused Baker Canyon Fire (BLM) burning 20 miles north of Madras is 8,058 acres and 20 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Slope Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles east of Diamond, Ore., is 500 acres and uncontained. A Type 2 incident management team will take over the fire today.

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Daily Fire Update - July 17, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:

The 25-acre Galilea Meadow Fire reported July 16 burning 14 miles northwest of Ukiah in the Pendleton Unit of the Northeast Oregon District was contained last evening. One helicopter, three fire engines, one fire-person hand crew, one water tender and one bulldozer fought the fire. Two fire engines are conducting mop-up today. Cause is under investigation.
The 8-acre Elk Grove Fire located near the north fork of the John Day River in the Central Oregon District was fully lined on July 16. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:
The lightning-caused Miller Homestead Fire (Bureau of Land Management) burning west of Frenchglen in brush and grass is now approximately 162,094 acres. An evacuation notice is in place for the community of Frenchglen and South Harney Lake. Prior to entering the area, check www.tripcheck.com for traffic closures or delays. The fire is now 85 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Foster Creek Fire (BLM) burning in grass and sage approximately three miles south of Bridgeport is 1,291 acres and 70 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Lexsfall Fire (BLM) burning in grass and brush approximately 11 miles northeast of Madras is 1,680 acres and 60 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Bonita Complex (BLM) 15 miles northwest of Westfall is 18,188 acres and 100 percent contained. The complex is made up of the Bonita and Iron Fires.

The lightning-caused Long Draw Fire (BLM) west of Basque burning in brush and grass and estimated at 557,648 acres is 100 percent contained.

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:

January 1, 2012, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 24 fires burned 299 acres
Human-caused fires: 169 fires burned approximately 914 acres
Total: 193 fires burned approximately 1,213 acres

10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 91 fires burned approximately 12,035 acres
Human-caused fires: 268 fires burned approximately 748 acres
Total: 359 fires burned approximately 12,783 acres

Monday, July 16, 2012

Daily fire update for Monday, July 16, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:


The 10-acre Elk Grove fire located near the north fork of the John Day River, COD, was reported Sunday burning in grass, timber and duff. Resources assigned include 3 engines, 1 ODF crew, 1 airtanker and 1 helicopter. Extended attack is expected and cause is under investigation.

The 33-acre Kingbolt Springs fire was reported Saturday burning in grass, brush, and light timber approx. 10 miles northwest of Monument. Resources assigned: 2 crews, 9 engines, 1 water tender, 2 dozers. The fire was contained.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:

The Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass is now approximately 162,765 acres. An evacuation notice is in place for the community of Frenchglen and South Harney Lake. Prior to entering the area, check www.tripcheck.com for traffic closures or delays. The fire is now 70% contained.

The lightning caused Foster Creek Fire (BLM) burning in grass and sage approximately 3 miles south of Bridgeport was reported Friday. The fire is 1180 acres and 70 percent contained.

The lightning caused Lexsfall Fire (BLM) burning in grass and brush approximately 11 miles northeast of Madras was reported Saturday. The fire is 1680 acres and 60 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Bonita Complex (BLM) 15 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., is 18,188 acres and 85 percent contained. The complex is made up of the Bonita and Iron Fires. 541-473-5051 for fire information.

The lightning-caused Long Draw Fire (BLM) 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 582,313 acres, 100% contained. Crews mopping up today. 503-510-0277 for fire info.

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.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Daily Fire Update for Friday, July 13, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:


No new fires larger than 10 acres were reported to ODF’s Salem Coordination Center yesterday.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:

The Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass is now approximately 110,000 acres. An evacuation notice is in place for South Harney Lake area and Red Cross has set up at Day’s Inn in Burns to assist evacuees. ODF sent an air tanker there yesterday. Prior to entering the area, check www.tripcheck.com for traffic closures or delays. The fire is 10% contained.

The lightning-caused Long Draw Fire (BLM) 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 455,029 acres, 30% contained. 290 structures threatened. 503-510-0277 for fire info.

The lightning-caused Bonita Complex (BLM) 15 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., is 17,195 acres and 35 percent contained. The complex is made up of the Bonita and Iron Fires. 541-473-5051 for fire information.

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fire update for Thursday, July 12, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Thursday, July 12, 2012.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:

The 798-acre Briley Mountain Fire 3 miles northeast of Monument on the John Day Unit is 90 percent contained. Resources assigned to the fire included 13 crews, 12 engines, 2 helicopters, 2 dozers and 3 water tenders. The Incident Command post and fire camp are located at Monument School.

Activities today include reinforcing fireline, patrolling, and extinguishing any hot areas that still remain. Full containment is expected today. Cause under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:

The Miller Homestead Fire (BLM) burning west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass is now approximately 60,000 acres. State Highway 205 continues to have temporary closures and ODOT is using a pilot car to escort vehicles through the fire area. The fire is now 30 % contained.

The Long Draw Fire (BLM) 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 455,029 acres, 30% contained. Highway 95 continues to be closed intermittently.

The lightning-caused Bonita Complex (BLM) 15 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., is 15,000 acres and 50 percent contained. The complex is made up of the Bonita and Iron Fires.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fire Update for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire information update for Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS:
The Briley Mountain Fire north of Monument on the John Day Unit reported July 9 is still burning in grass, juniper and slash, now 650 acres. 2 structures threatened.
12 additional 20-person crews assigned to the fire yesterday and a Type 3 Team has been assigned to the fire. Yesterday, air tankers were effective in assisting firefighters. Cause under investigation.

The lightning-caused 230-acre Steward Ditch II Fire burning in sage, grass and juniper 4 miles east of Dayville, OR., is contained. Highway 26 is open.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:
The lightning caused 900-acre Bonita Fire (BLM) located 14 miles southeast of Ironside, OR., burning in grass and sage. 10% containment.

The Miller Homestead Fire burning 12 miles west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass threatening the town of French Glen. Approx. 45,000 acres, 10 % containment.

The lightning caused North Ridge Bully Creek Fire located 10 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., burning in brush and grass. Approx. 15,000 acres, 10% containment.

The Longdraw Fire (BLM) 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 290,000 acres, 0% containment.  Highway 95 continues to be closed intermittently.


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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


The Briley Mountain Fire on the John Day Unit reported July 9 is burning in grass, juniper and slash and is now 250 acres. Extended attack expected. ODF resources fighting the fire include: 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 3 fire engines, 4 20-person crews. Cause under investigation.

The lightning-caused 300-acre Steward Ditch II Fire burning in brush, grass and juniper 4 miles east of Dayville, OR., is 50 percent contained. 7 engines, 6 crews, 1 tender and 2 dozers have been assigned to this fire.

The 73-acre McKay Creek Fire burning in grass on the NEO District has been contained. Approx 25 acres were on ODF protection.

The 32-acre Battle Mountain Fire located on the NEO District just south of Battle mountain has been contained.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS:

The lightning caused 900-acre Bonita Fire located 14 miles southeast of Ironside, OR., burning in brush and grass. Full perimeter control, 0% containment.

The lightning caused North Ridge Bully Creek Fire located 10 miles northwest of Westfall, OR., burning in brush and grass. Approx. 500 acres, 0% containment.

The lightning caused Iron Fire located northwest of Westfall, OR., burning in brush and grass. Approx. 1,000 acres, 0 % containment.

The Longdraw Fire 6 miles west of Basque, OR burning in brush and grass, estimated at 50,000 acres, 0% containment.

The Miller Homestead Fire burning 12 miles west of Frenchglen, OR in brush and grass threatening the town of French Glen. Approx. 11,600 acres, 10 % containment.

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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Battle Mountain: 30-acre fire in NE Oregon


The ODF Northeast Oregon District is responding to the Battle Mountain fire, a smoldering fire in grass and timber reported shortly after 3:00pm Monday. The lightning-caused fire was estimated at 30 acres, but with a low likelihood for additional fire spread by Monday night. Two ODF engines and one crew was working the fire.
Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

7pm update - Briley Mountain fire


By 7:00pm Monday, the size of the Briley Mountain fire has been now estimated at about 250 acres. No estimate on fire containment is available at this time.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Briley Mountain fire now 45 acres

The size of the Briley Mountain fire has been updated, to an estimate of 45 acres late on Monday afternoon.

The ODF John Day Unit is working this fire, reported Monday at 11:00am burning 3 miles northeast of Monument in Grant County in a mix of grassland and juniper. 8 ODF engines are responding to the fire, along with one crew, 1 bulldozer, 2 helicopters and one Single Engine Air Tanker. Additional response from ODF heavy air tankers have been ordered for Monday afternoon. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

NW Oregon enters fire season on Wednesday


The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that all of its districts in northwestern Oregon will enter wildfire season on Wednesday, July 11.


“With the current and predicted weather, summer is finally here,” said West Oregon District Forester Mike Totey. “We want to get out in front of the situation, since fire danger is increasing.”

Entry into fire season chiefly addresses industrial forest operators. Logging operations, for example, are required to have a fire watch present after work activity ceases for the day, and fire suppression equipment must be positioned on site.

But if the warm, dry weather continues, additional restrictions may be added on recreation and other activities.

He noted that on the 11th stricter rules on non-industrial activity will go into effect in one portion of the region: the Molalla River Corridor. These “regulated-use” restrictions address smoking, open fires and other activities.

The ODF districts entering fire season on Wednesday include: Astoria, Forest Grove, Tillamook, West Oregon and North Cascade.

For more information on the restrictions imposed by the fire season declaration, contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office. Contact information for the Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook district offices can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/offices.shtml.

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Rod Nichols - ODF Public Affairs Office

Briley Mountain fire in Grant County


The ODF John Day Unit is deploying resources to the Briley Mountain fire, reported Monday at 11:00am burning 3 miles northeast of Monument in Grant County. The fire has consumed an estimated 10 acres of grassland and juniper by Monday afternoon. 8 ODF engines are responding to the fire, along with one crew, 1 bulldozer, 2 helicopters and one Single Engine Air Tanker. Additional response from ODF heavy air tankers have been ordered for Monday afternoon. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs

Fire potential high; multiple Red Flag Warnings



Extensive lightning and thunderstorm activity, coupled with hot temperatures, mean that Red Flag Warnings have been issued by several National Weather Service offices in the region, affecting the following Oregon counties:

Until 9:00pm Mountain Time Monday – Malheur County


Until 6:00AM Tuesday -- Hood River and Wasco Counties


Until 10:00 AM Tuesday -- Jefferson, Wheeler, Deschutes, lower Wasco, northern Klamath and Grant Counties


Until 9:00pm Tuesday – Union, Wallowa and Baker Counties

A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Morning update - Steward Ditch 2 fire near Dayville

Steward Ditch II fire – burning 4 miles east of Dayville, Oregon (Grant County)


Fire Size: 290 acres
Containment: 50 percent
Lightning-caused -- reported July 7, 2012

Incident management team composed of ODF, local fire resources and Umatilla National Forest / Malheur National Forest

100 persons working fire scene; 4 fire engines, 1 bulldozer, 1 Tender, six 20-person hand crews, various overhead, and 1small engine air tanker (SEAT).

Current Situation: Crews are working to continue to construct new fire line and reinforce the existing fire line. There is heat remaining within the interior of the fire and some flames and smoke can still be seen. Crews will begin extinguishing burning material along and near the partial containment line that has been established. At one point Sunday, one area of the fire became too hot for crews to work in, so retardant was used to cool the fire’s edge so that crews could return and continue line construction.

Weather: A red flag warning is still in effect from noon today until 10 a.m. on Tuesday for thunderstorms that will produce abundant lightning. “Red Flag Warning” is a term used by National Weather Service forecasters to notify people of current or developing weather patterns that may evolve into dangerous fire weather. Winds will be very gusty and erratic during times when thunderstorms move over the fire area. This will test how effectively the partially established containment line is holding.

Public Safety: Highway 26 is currently open. The public is urged to watch for fire traffic around milepost 136, near Prairie Trout Farm. Lighted highway signs have been set up to caution people as the drive through.

Special Prevention Message: It is important that landowners and the public understand what fire season means on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. At this time burning is not allowed, other than in a burn barrel with a valid permit. Campfire safety must be practiced by making sure your campfire is not left unattended and is dead out whenever you leave it. Also, you need the permission of the landowner before you have a campfire.

Angie Johnson
Oregon Department of Forestry / John Day Unit Forester

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Government Mountain fire in NE Oregon


ODF Northeast Oregon District fire crews are working the Government Mountain fire 10 miles east of Milton-Freewater. The fire was reported just before Noon on Sunday, and is estimated at 20 acres in size. The fire is currently uncontrolled, burning in heavy brush and steep terrain. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


Two ODF engines are assigned to the fire, also two crews and one helicopter.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

2pm Update - Steward Ditch 2 fire


Steward Ditch II fire - 4 miles east of Dayville


Last night, two dozers worked late to put a fire line around 70% of the fire.  Crews experienced good recovery in relative humidity (a measurement of the amount of moisture in the air), which caused fire activity overnight to moderate.  This morning, dozers and crews were back out to start putting in a containment line around the fire perimeter.  The east flank of the fire is still considered open line (a place where there hasn’t been any fire line built).  A local fire management team, made up of personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry, the Malheur National Forest, and the Umatilla National Forest, assumed command of the fire at 8:30 this morning.  The Incident Command Post is located at Oregon Department of Forestry office, 415 Patterson Bridge Road. 


Public Safety Message: Highway 26 is currently open. The public is urged to watch for fire traffic around milepost 136, near Prairie Trout Farm. Lighted highway signs have been set up to caution people as the drive through.



Special Prevention Message: It is important that landowners and the public understand what fire season means on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. At this time burning is not allowed, other than in a burn barrel with a valid permit. Campfire safety must be practiced by making sure your campfire is not left unattended and is dead out whenever you leave it. Also, you need the permission of the landowner before you have a campfire.


About 100 persons are working this fire, which remains at 200 acres and no estimate of containment. This lightning caused fire has cost an estimated $118,000 to suppress thus far.


Angie Johnson
Oregon Department of Forestry / John Day Unit Forester

Steward Ditch fire near Dayville


ODF John Day Unit resources are battling the Steward Ditch 2 fire, reported Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm burning in sage, juniper and grassland about 4 miles east of Dayville. By Sunday morning, the size of fire is estimated at 200 acres and additional resources are being brought in for the fire, including 4 ODF engines, 2 bulldozers, one water tender, four 20-person crews, one Single Engine Air Tanker and an ODF heavy air tanker.


Cause of the fire is believed to be a lightning strike. Multiple agencies are providing resources on the fire, including local fire districts and the Malheur and Umatilla National Forests.

Due to fire activity on the highway, especially emergency vehicles moving positions rapidly, motorists are asked to exercise caution on U.S. Highway 26 at milepost 136 and keep your eyes open for emergency vehicles.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs

Lightning possible today; Red Flag for eastern Oregon


The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains (except the Klamath Basin) in effect from Sunday at Noon until 10:00pm Tuesday. For NE Oregon, the warning is in effect from 2:00pm Sunday until 6:00 Tuesday night.


A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

Forecasters are anticipating significant lightning potential along with thunderstorms and wind gusts across the region. Highest concentration of thunderstorms will be on Sunday afternoon and evening, then again on Monday afternoon.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs Office

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fire weather conditions for the weekend


The hot temperatures one typically associates with summer for Oregon are expected to arrive this weekend, with thunderstorms also expected in central and eastern Oregon, which creates the potential for lightning fire ignitions on rangeland and forests.



The National Weather Service continues to have a fire weather watch in effect for most of Oregon east of the Cascade mountains (except the Klamath Basin) beginning Sunday. A fire weather watch is just below the alert level declared by a Red Flag Warning for wildland fire conditions; during these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.


Here’s what the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland is forecasting on Saturday morning for the week--


Warming and drying will continue over the region through Monday before leveling off. Expect increasing lightning activity over the next several days, mainly from the Cascade Crest eastward over Oregon but expanding northward into Washington by Sunday. Thunderstorms are expected to bring increasing moisture. Fire danger indices are currently low in most areas but will be rising in response to the warming trend. Initial fire attack will increase along with the lightning; however, the risk of large, significant fires remains generally low for the time being due to the lower fire danger indices.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Worden fire burns 32 acres in Klamath Basin


ODF Klamath-Lake District crews are working mop-up Saturday on the Worden fire, located near Keno. The fire was reported after 6:00pm Friday burning in sage and juniper, and consumed 32 acres before crews were able to stop the forward spread of the fire Saturday morning. One structure was threatened by the fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


Six ODF engines and crews provided assistance to fire crews from the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and crews from several fire districts surrounding Keno and Klamath Falls.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Friday, July 6, 2012

Central and Eastern Oregon under a fire watch starting Sunday



The National Weather Service in Pendleton issued a Fire Weather Watch for central, eastern and north-east Oregon on Friday to alert residents to a high potential for lightning and hot temperatures beginning Sunday July 8 until Tuesday evening July 10.

Abundant lightning from thunderstorms is expected in most areas east of the Cascade Mountains.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Fire season for Lane County forestland begins Tuesday morning



The ODF Western Lane and South Cascade Districts, providing the fire protection services on private, State and BLM forests in Lane County, will enter fire season just after midnight on Tuesday July 10. South Cascade District also provides services in the southern portion of Linn County.

For current information about fire conditions in Oregon’s state and private forestlands, check the ODF web site at:

http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/precautionlevel.shtml

ODF Public Affairs Office

Red Flag conditions for Malheur on Friday



The National Weather Service in Boise issued a Red Flag Warning today for Oregon’s Malheur County, in effect from Noon until 9:00pm Mountain Time on Friday.

The warning for increased fire potential is the result of thunderstorms forecast in the region with wind gusts of up to 40 mph today, creating a potential for fire growth should an ignition occur.

The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert fire agencies of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to warn of conditions that are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

Kevin Weeks
Oregon Department of Forestry

Fire summary - week ending July 6, 2012


During the past week, 6 ODF Districts across the state responded to 14 fires. All fires were stopped before reaching 10 acres, causing damage to a total of about 15 acres of land.

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NE Oregon enters fire season on Monday morning



The ODF Northeast Oregon District will enter fire season just after midnight on Monday, July 9. The order includes private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in Union, Baker, Wallowa, and Umatilla counties along with small portions of Malheur, Morrow, and Grant counties under ODF District fire protection.

During fire season in northeast Oregon:

• Burning permits are required on all private forest and range lands within the Northeast Forest Protection District for issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Contact the local ODF office in La Grande, Baker City, Wallowa, or Pendleton to acquire a burning permit.

• Landowners who conducted burning of slash piles last fall and this past spring are asked to check these piles and ensure that they are completely out and all heat is gone. Sometimes, large burn piles can retain heat within them for several months after the burn.

• Logging and industrial forest operations must meet basic requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on private lands protected by ODF. Contact your local Stewardship Forester at ODF offices for more information.

• Campfires must be DEAD OUT! Recreational campers are reminded that campfires need to be attended and fully extinguished before being left. Get permission from the landowner prior to starting a campfire.

For further information in the NE Oregon District, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at these local offices:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168

Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831

Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881

Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, dial 9-1-1.

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Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs Office

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fireworks and forests don’t mix



Fireworks can be fun. A day in the forest can be fun. But don’t mix the two.

A basic, but important safety tip to follow is: Leave the fireworks at home this July Fourth. Even legally sold fireworks that don’t fly or explode can ignite forest vegetation and turn a fun family outing into an emergency response.

If you’re on private land, please coordinate fireworks use with the landowner and use fireworks in a safe manner – including having an emergency water source and shovel at the ready. Firework use is permitted on private and State forestlands protected by ODF unless a local restriction or a Regulated Use Closure is in effect for the region. If you are in or near a forested area, be sure you have the latest up-to-date Fire Season Restrictions and Regulated Use Closure information, available on the ODF web site: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/precautionlevel.shtml

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in state parks and state campgrounds.

Fireworks are prohibited on all federal BLM-managed lands in Oregon and Washington.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Colorado fires a reminder to Oregonians

The catastrophic wildfires in Colorado and other states serve as a reminder to Oregonians of their individual responsibility to practice wildfire prevention in the weeks ahead. While the current spring-like weather may seem little cause for concern, it can actually lead to human-caused fires.

“When it’s pleasant outside, rather than hot and dry, we’re more likely to head out to the forest,” said Tom Fields, fire prevention coordinator with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). “But people may assume that fires can’t occur under these conditions, and that’s where the danger lies.”

As green as the forests and fields appear across much of the state, during the past week 10 fires have occurred on the lands protected by the department. And warmer, drier days are predicted, setting the stage for new fire starts to spread more rapidly.

Before traveling to the forest to recreate, check to see if there are any fire restrictions in effect. For the 16 million acres of forest under ODF’s jurisdiction, go to:

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/precautionlevel.shtml

The web page lists fire restrictions district by district for the entire state.

Fire safety tips for camping and recreating in the forest are available on the Keep Oregon Green Association website, http://www.keeporegongreen.org/, and from other wildfire prevention agencies and organizations, as well as local fire departments.

ODF assists on wildfire next to office
When the Chenowith Rim Fire broke out July 1 in the Columbia Gorge, ODF's unit office in The Dalles sent four fire engines, a five-person hand crew and a bulldozer to assist other fire agencies fighting the fire. They didn't have far to go: The 70-acre wildfire burned within 200 feet of the unit office. The blaze caused no damage to the building.

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

Current wildfire info

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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