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.








Sunday, September 30, 2012

Scoggins Valley Road fire is contained


The Scoggins Valley Road fire is contained on Sunday afternoon. Fire size is now estimated at 0.3 acres and crews have established a hose line surrounding the fire. Landowner fire resources have been released, and just two 10-person crews from South Fork are working the fire.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs

Scoggins Valley Road fire west of Forest Grove


Oregon Department of Forestry resources based in Forest Grove are battling a fire several miles west of Henry Hagg Lake. The Scoggins Valley Road fire was reported just after Noon Sunday burning in forestland south of Saddle Mountain. The fire at 3 p.m. is estimated at about 3.5 acres and is 75 percent contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation

ODF dispatched 4 engines to the fire, 3 engines owned by the forest landowner are assisting along with a water tender provided by Gaston Rural Fire Department to assist suppression efforts. Three 10-person crews from the South Fork Forest Camp are being mobilized to assist efforts are the fire scene.

Please be safe if you are venturing into the forests this weekend, for recreation or the opening of several hunting seasons. Open fires, including campfires, remain prohibited on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.  On forestlands or in areas when campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite -- drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.
Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

Milepost 66 fire - Sunday update


The Milepost 66 fire, burning two miles east of Hood River, was contained on Thursday afternoon; however extensive work remains to bring the fire fully under control.

The fire, now mapped at 60 acres, has solid containment boundaries around it, but is currently 50 percent controlled. Sunday, fire crews continue to perform mop-up work within the fire lines to eliminate hot spots and areas that continue to smolder.

The fire will continue to affect air quality in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge for several more days. On Monday, the multi-agency team fighting the fire, including ODF-US Forest Service-multiple local fire districts, will begin to transition this fire back to local districts and reduce the number of fire fighters on scene. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Morning update - September 29, 2012


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.

ODF South Cascade District –
the Buck Mountain fire NE of Eugene was fully contained on Friday afternoon. Size of the fire was 18 acres, cause of the fire remains under investigation. No structures were threatened during the fire and no injuries were reported.
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. Management of the fire has been returned to local officials. 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

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Weather outlook


From the National Weather Service offices in Oregon -- Dry weather is forecast throughout the weekend for Oregon. East of the Cascades expect increasing westerly winds, mainly in the wind prone areas like the Columbia River Gorge.  Wind speeds and relative humidity are not forecast to reach a critical combination. Warm and drier conditions will develop Sunday across the state. Weak offshore winds will build Sunday and Monday across the top of the Oregon Cascades, bringing stronger winds into eastern Oregon. Fire danger indicators will rise on Sunday and Monday. A cold front Monday night and Tuesday will bring gusty east winds to Oregon without rain.
Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Buck Mountain fire is contained



Through aggressive attack Friday, the Buck Mountain fire NE of Eugene was fully contained on Friday afternoon. Size of the fire was 18 acres, cause of the fire remains under investigation. No structures were threatened during the fire and no injuries were reported.

A reminder for the weekend – Hot, dry conditions are forecast for several areas of Oregon, including high winds on the eastern slopes of the Cascades and Columbia Gorge. Thunderstorms which may produce lightning are also predicted for NE Oregon.

Please be safe if you are venturing into the forests this weekend, for recreation or the opening of several hunting seasons. Open fires, including campfires, remain prohibited on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. On forestlands or in areas when campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite -- drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

Friday, September 28, 2012

Buck Mountain update - and a safety reminder


Firefighters are continuing work on controlling the Buck Mountain fire near Eugene in the Coburg Hills. ODF has pulled in resources from the Western Lane District and Douglas Forest Protective Association today to get the upper hand on the 18 acre fire, reported Thursday night about 8:15.


A bulldozer-cut line around the fire has been established. Three 20-person crews are working the fire this afternoon. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

ODF Eastern Lane District dispatched 8 engines to the fire with a bulldozer and water tender last night. Several rural districts provided assistance on the fire.

A reminder for the weekend – Hot, dry conditions are forecast for several areas of Oregon, including high winds on the eastern slopes of the Cascades and Columbia Gorge. Thunderstorms which may produce lightning are also predicted for NE Oregon.

Please be safe if you are venturing into the forests this weekend, for recreation or the opening of several hunting seasons. Open fires, including campfires, remain prohibited on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. On forestlands or in areas when campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite -- drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

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

Buck Mountain fire north of Eugene


Buck Mountain fire scene Thursday night - Greg Wagenblast / ODF photo

ODF personnel responded to the Buck Mountain fire east of Interstate 5 and northeast of Eugene on Thursday night. The fire burning in replanted forestland was reported about 8:15 p.m. NE of the McGowan Road Overlook, and Friday morning is estimated at 18 acres. Continues to be an active fire scene that crews hope to make progress on Friday – last night, a bulldozer line was constructed around the fire to slow its growth. Cause of the fire is under investigation.


ODF South Cascade District dispatched 8 engines to the fire with a bulldozer and water tender. Crews were hoping to keep the fire size small late Thursday night through aggressive initial attack. 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.

Even as we move into autumn, fire danger is still very high throughout much of the state. Please be safe with fire when around grasslands and forests, and if you are travelling for recreations this weekend please call ahead to local areas for updated fire closure restrictions.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

Fire east of Coburg visible from Interstate 5


ODF personnel responded to a fire east of Interstate 5 and northeast of Eugene on Thursday night. The fire burning in replanted forestland was reported about 8:15 p.m. NE of the McGowan Road Overlook. Preliminary estimates placed the fire size at about 6 acres on Thursday night. The fire was very visible from Interstate 5, causing additional public interest and concern.


ODF South Cascade District dispatched 8 engines to the fire with a bulldozer and water tender. Crews were hoping to keep the fire size small late Thursday night through aggressive initial attack. Mohawk RFD and other districts provided assistance on the fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Even as we move into autumn, fire danger is still very high throughout much of the state. Please be safe with fire when around grasslands and forests, and if you are travelling for recreations this weekend please call ahead to local areas for updated fire closure restrictions.

Kevin Weeks – ODF Public Affairs Office

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Central Oregon hunter info booths for Friday

Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.


Hunter Booth Locations on Friday:

Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26 from 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sisters- at Ray's West end of Sisters on HWY 20 from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

La Pine - at Ray's located on Hwy 97 South from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Walker Range/Crescent-Highway 58 - On Highway 58 at mile post 71 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Dalles - Memaloose Rest Area on I84 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Dalles - Dodson Road  9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon- Hwy 26 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.

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Hood River MP 66 fire is now contained




Hood River, OR – Aided by calm winds, firefighters completed a line around the Milepost 66 fire Thursday afternoon, containing a highly visible blaze along Interstate 84 that began Tuesday night.

The fire, two miles east of Hood River, was contained at approximately 70 acres by about 120 firefighters and two helicopters Thursday. The fire had grown little overnight. The lack of customary Gorge winds was a big help in containing the hillside fire.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, firefighters responded to two small fires south of Mosier Thursday afternoon. Called the Elder Road fires, one was a quarter-acre in size; the other about three-quarters. Oregon Dept. of Forestry, aided by firefighters from the National Scenic Area, a National Park Service engine and a helicopter, fought the two blazes. Both fires are under investigation.

Another one-acre fire Thursday near the High Bridge on the Wind River in Washington was picked up by crews from the Larch Mountain Honor Camp, the Dept. of Natural Resources and local fire departments. The Wind River fire caused two homes to be temporarily evacuated. It is also under investigation.

The Mark O. Hatfield Trail from Hood River to Mosier remains closed. No structures are threatened. Interstate 84 remains open, though one of the east-bound lanes is closed at milepost 66, just east of Hood River.

The fire crosses several ownership types, and resources from Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, and multiple local fire districts are assigned to the fire.

Crews and airships will be back at work in the morning after monitoring the fire overnight.

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Erin Black
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Morning update - September 27, 2012


ODF The Dalles Unit -- The Milepost 66 fire burning 2 miles east of Hood River has covered 70 acres and is 15 percent contained on Thursday morning. Lack of strong winds assisted the 110 fire personnel working the fire, and efforts are being focused Thursday on the southern side of the fire. Boundaries have been established on the west and east sides of the fire. Two helicopters are assisting with air support.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 have fully reopened, but motorists 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.

The 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.

ODF Grants Pass Unit -- The 26-acre Grave Creek fire in Josephine County 11 miles southwest of Glendale was 95 percent contained by Wednesday afternoon and fire managers anticipate the fire being fully contained today. Fire began Sunday evening, cause of which remains under investigation.

ODF Grants Pass Unit – The 32-acre Rancheria fire reported Sunday is now fully contained. Fifty fire personnel are working mop up on the fire Thursday.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,285 acres and 80 percent contained. Deschutes County officials have lifted the Level 2 pre-evacuation alert for residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas. 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 just over 1,000 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 600 acres and 10 percent contained. No further growth of the fire is anticipated.
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

Hunter information booths for Thursday

Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.


Hunter Booth Locations for Thursday September 27:

Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26 from 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sisters- at Ray's West end of Sisters on Highway 20 from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

La Pine - at Ray's located on Hwy 97 South from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Walker Range/Crescent - Highway 58 at mile post 71 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Dalles - Memaloose Rest Area on I84 from 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Dalles - Dodson Road from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon- Hwy 26 from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.

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Milepost 66 fire update; I-84 back to normal

The Milepost 66 fire east of Hood River is 70 acres in size and 5 percent contained as of Wednesday night.


Traffic has resumed normal operations with eastbound Interstate 84 having both lanes open. Motorists are advised to watch for fire vehicles in the area.

Heavy smoke is present in the Hood River area. The fire, reported Tuesday night, 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

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hunter information booths - Wednesday locations


Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.


Hunter Booth Locations for Wednesday, September 26:

Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26 from 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon - Highway 26 from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.

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Morning update - September 26, 2012


ODF The Dalles Unit -- The Milepost 66 fire in the Columbia Gorge, burning 2 miles east of Hood River, is estimated Wednesday morning at 50 acres. Fire crews provided attack on the fire burning in steep terrain throughout the night after the fire was reported just after 8:00pm Tuesday. 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.


The fire crosses several ownership types, and resources from ODF, the U.S. Forest Service, multiple fire districts including Wy’East Fire District and Westside FD are assigned to the fire. An estimated 30 fire personnel from all responding agencies worked the fire Tuesday night. Mutual aid is being provided from a Washington DNR fire engine. Wednesday, 4 ODF engines are working the fire and an ODF helicopter has been ordered for air attack on the fire.

ODOT advises that one eastbound lane of Interstate 84 is blocked between MP 66 and 67 due to fire activity. Motorists are advised to be prepared for slowdowns.

ODF Grants Pass Unit -- The Grave Creek fire in Josephine County burning 11 miles southwest of Glendale is 26 acres in size and 80 percent contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue River Fire District, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County and DOC Shutter Creek inmates are among the 60 fire personnel assigned to the fire. Fire began Sunday evening, cause of which remains under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,285 acres and 75 percent contained. A community fire information update is planned for tonight at 7:30 P.M. at the Sisters Elementary School. Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert. 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 just over 1,000 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 600 acres and 10 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

Reward offered for Slate Creek fire cause information



The Oregon Dept. of Forestry and the Oregon Council Against Arson are offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, who caused the Slate Creek Fire. The fire started on Labor Day around 1:30 p.m. in a densely wooded area southwest of Waters Creek Road, located ten miles southwest of Grants Pass and west of Hwy 199 near the community of Wonder. Specifically, the fire started along a road called the Root Springs Access Rd, about 2 miles up Waters Creek Rd.

The Slate Creek Fire burned 160 acres of Bureau of Land Management and private forestland, and cost the state more than $1.5 million to extinguish.

Anyone who has information about this fire is encouraged to call (800) 452-7888. Information is confidential. Several tips have already been received.

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Brian Ballou, ODF SW Oregon District

Milepost 66 fire in the Gorge approaching 50 acres


The Milepost 66 fire in the Columbia Gorge, burning 2 miles east of Hood River, is estimated Wednesday morning at 50 acres. Fire crews provided attack on the fire burning in steep terrain throughout the night after the fire was reported just after 8:00pm Tuesday. 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


The fire crosses several ownership types, and resources from ODF, the U.S. Forest Service, multiple fire districts including Wy’East Fire District and Westside FD are assigned to the fire. An estimated 30 fire personnel from all responding agencies worked the fire Tuesday night. Mutual aid is being provided from a Washington DNR fire engine. Wednesday, 4 ODF engines are working the fire and an ODF helicopter has been ordered for air attack on the fire, in addition to the USFS units and local fire districts providing mutual aid on the fire.

ODOT advises that one eastbound lane of Interstate 84 is blocked between MP 66 and 67 due to fire activity. Motorists are advised to be prepared for slow downs.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hunter information booths this week in central Oregon


Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place. Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.


In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.

Hunter Booth Locations:

Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26

Wednesday 9/26/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 9/27/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sisters- at Ray's West end of Sisters on Highway 20

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

La Pine - at Ray's located on Hwy 97 South in La Pine

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Walker Range/Crescent -- Highway 58 at mile post 71

Thursday 9/27/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Dalles - Memaloose Rest Area on Interstate 84

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Dalles - Dodson Road

Thursday 9/27/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon on Hwy 26

Wednesday 9/26/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.


The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.

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Burning ban remains in effect in Linn, Benton, Marion counties


Even though the calendar says summer has passed, residents of Linn, Benton and Marion counties are reminded that the ban on backyard debris burning that began June 15 remains in effect till further notice.

The annual three-county burn ban continues with the provision “until further notice” due to the current fire danger.

The fire officials noted that the small amount of rain the weekend before last had no enduring effect on wildfire risk.

“The weather patterns need to change to a winter weather model before open outdoor burning can be done safely,” said the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Allison Blair.

Scarcity of firefighting resources also figured into the decision to extend the ban this year. With several large fires burning throughout the West, firefighting resources continue to be stretched thin.

Rural fire agencies and the Oregon Department of Forestry have the authority to enforce and regulate the burn ban. Under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 477, the department may issue citations for violation of the burning restrictions.

For more information on the open burning restrictions as well as advice on safe debris disposal, contact the nearest Department of Forestry office or the local fire department.

Contacts:
Allison Blair, ODF Philomath Unit
Chad Calderwood, ODF Sweet Home Unit
Chris Paul, ODF Santiam Unit

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Morning update - September 25, 2012


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


The Grave Creek fire in Josephine County burning 11 miles southwest of Glendale is 26 acres in size and 70 percent contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue River Fire District, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County and DOC Shutter Creek inmates are among the 60 fire personnel assigned to the fire. Fire began Sunday evening, cause of which remains under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,285 acres and 70 percent contained. Fire managers anticipate the fire being fully contained by October 15. A community fire information update is planned for Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 P.M. at the Sisters Elementary School. Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3244

The lightning-caused Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, is approximately 1200 acres and 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.

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

Where do I go for fire restriction information?


Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands. Closures exist on many federal-managed lands and several large private forest land owners have also closed access to their lands.


The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

Private lands in the central Oregon area

Oregon Department of Forestry:

Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties - Prineville Unit 541-447-5658

Gilliam, Morrow, Hood River, and Wasco counties - The Dalles Unit 541-296-4626

Wheeler, Grant, and Harney counties - John Day Unit 541-575-1139

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/centraloregon/pages/index.aspx


Public lands in central Oregon

USDA - Forest Service

Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5300

Ochoco National Forest 541-416-6500

Malheur National Forest 541-575-1321

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/



USDI - Bureau of Land Management

Prineville District 541-416-6700

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/

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Grave Creek fire in SW Oregon


The Grave Creek fire in Josephine County 11 miles southwest of Glendale is now 26 acres in size and 70 percent contained. The Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue River Fire District, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County and Shutter Creek Corrections are among the 60 fire personnel assigned to the fire.


The fire started Sunday evening around 6:30. Four ODF engines were dispatched and worked overnight to insure the fire did not cross Marial- Reuben Road. Though the terrain is extremely steep and difficult to move in, fire crews are making progress in containing the fire, completing line construction on the east and west side (below the Rogue River Trail).

Closures in Effect:

• The Rogue River Trail is closed in the fire area, 1.5-to-2 miles downstream from the Grave Creek boat landing.

• Marial Rd. and Mt. Reuben Rd. are closed in the area nearest the fire.

Brian Ballou, ODF SW Oregon District

Monday, September 24, 2012

ODFW News Release:Dry weather could mean more land closures for deer hunters

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released this news release on Friday, September 21 regarding private land closures during the upcoming hunting season.

Jeri Chase, Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Daily Fire Update, Monday, September 24, 2012

FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER
The fire danger level on many forestlands in Oregon is still extreme. A few fire prevention tips for private forest landowners and operators: 1) monitor weather conditions – such as humidity and wind – and consider earlier close-downs if the weather warrants it; 2) keep equipment in good working order and free from flammable debris, as well as parking it away from flammable material when shutting down for the day; 3) Fire Watches – stay on high alert; and 4) be prepared by performing daily checks of suppression and communications equipment.

For the public, campfires are still an issue in many areas. Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. On forestlands or in areas when campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite. To do so, drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Southwest Oregon District: The Rancheria Fire, burning on BLM and private forestlands east of Butte Falls, was reported late Sunday afternoon. Initial attack efforts on this fire included crews, engines, air-tankers, and helicopters, and by early Sunday evening the fire was fully lined. Night shift crews working on the fire made good progress on extinguishing flames and mopping up hot spots around the 32-acre blaze. Today, two 20-person crews, four wildland fire engines, and three water tenders will continue pouring water onto flames. Smoke haze will be visible in the fire area throughout the day, and occasionally a tree may erupt in a fireball (a phenomenon firefighters call "torching," which is normal inside a forest which has recently burned) and send up a plume of smoke. Helicopters and an air tanker are available should firefighters need them. The cause remains under investigation.

Southwest Oregon District: The Grave Creek Fire broke out late Sunday in the Rogue River Wild & Scenic Area near Grave Creek, approximately 20 miles north of Grants Pass, and grew overnight to 10-15 acres. Fire crews made good progress during the night, and this morning their firelines are holding on the north, south and west flanks, but the east side of the fire is actively burning. Helicopters lifted off around 7:30 a.m. to join the firefight. The Rogue River Trail is closed in the fire area, 1.5-to-2 miles downstream from the Grave Creek boat landing, which is also closed, as are Marial and Reuben Roads in the area nearest the fire. A major concern today is boaters on the Rogue River today encountering helicopters, which will be dipping buckets of water from the river as part of the fire suppression effort. Cause of this fire is under investigation.

More information on both of these fires on the Southwest Oregon District is available on the Southwest Oregon Fire Blog at http://swofire.blogspot.com/ , as well as the district’s fire twitter feed about fires at http://twitter.com/swofire .

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, is approximately 1200 acres and 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 lightning-caused Trail 2 Fire, burning in the Metolius Bench Area, is 139 acres and 90 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 26,200 acres and 65 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3244/.

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.
  Jeri Chase, Public Information Officer Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Friday, September 21, 2012

Prescribed Burn at the Oregon Garden aims to re-create oak savannah

The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release yesterday.


For immediate release
Major media distribution
September 20, 2012
Contact:
Kris Babbs, 503-945-7444, kbabbs@odf.state.or.us
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us


Firefighters will shift roles and set a fire at The Oregon Garden. A prescribed burn to remove excess vegetation will be conducted on Sept. 24 by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), The Oregon Garden and Silverton Fire and Rescue.

“This burn of a 12-acre unit within a grove of white oaks is the second phase of a project begun last year,” said Oregon Department of Forestry’s Chris Paul.

The earlier work reduced overgrown vegetation through manual brush removal, tree pruning and herbicide treatment. The aim of the ongoing project, he said, is to create conditions characteristic of the original oak savanna, a lightly forested grassland dominated by oak trees.

The burn will be ignited around 1 p.m. and is expected to be completed in about two hours. It will be staffed by the agencies’ firefighters to contain it within the boundaries of the unit. ODF meteorologists are monitoring weather and wind conditions to minimize smoke intrusion into Silverton. The prescribed burn will be rescheduled if conditions aren’t optimum on Monday.

He said forest fuels such as Himalayan blackberry, Scotch broom and other non-native and invasive plant species will be removed to encourage the growth of camas and other native plants and grasses.

The burn will be visible from the deck of The Oregon Garden Fire Safety House, a new life-sized exhibit that features fire-safe home construction material and design improvements, fire-resistant landscaping plants, and a self-guided interpretive tour on how to reduce the surrounding fuels that could cause a wildfire to encroach on a home.

“Silverton residents and visitors to The Oregon Garden should expect smoke in the area during ignitions and as the fire smolders down,” he said.

The forester advised residents who are sensitive to smoke or have pre-existing respiratory problems to limit their outdoor activities on the day of the burn, particularly during the afternoon, and to keep windows closed. More information about how to limit exposure to smoke is available at: www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm.

The prescribed burn will also serve as a training tool for firefighters to work with live fire and hone their skills in wildfire suppression tactics.


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Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager Number: 503-370-0403

Daily Fire Update for Friday, September 21, 2012.

FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER
The fire danger level on many forestlands in Oregon is still extreme. A few fire prevention tips for private forest landowners and operators: 1) monitor weather conditions – such as humidity and wind – and consider earlier close-downs if the weather warrants it; 2) keep equipment in good working order and free from flammable debris, as well as parking it away from flammable material when shutting down for the day; 3) Fire Watches – stay on high alert; and 4) be prepared by performing daily checks of suppression and communications equipment.
For the public, campfires are still an issue in many areas. Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. On forestlands or in areas when campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite. To do so, drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported over the past 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

The lightning-caused Bald Mountain Fire, which started on September 18 and is burning 12 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, is approximately 600 acres and 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 lightning-caused Trail 2 Fire, burning in the Metolius Bench Area, is 139 acres and 50 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort.

The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 25,553 acres and 40 percent contained. Active fire behavior produced smoke columns on the southwest side of the fire early in the day yesterday and from the north side late in the afternoon. There is a RED FLAG WARNING in effect from this evening through Saturday evening for the fire area due to potential for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning later today and tonight. The Incident Management Team (Oregon Interagency IMT 4; Incident Commander Brian Watts) that is managing operations on this fire will host camp tours at the Command Post at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds on Saturday, September 22, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The public is welcome to come and see how an Incident Management Camp operates. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3244/ .

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.


Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Daily Fire Update - September 20, 2012

FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER

The fire danger level on many forestlands in Oregon is still extreme. A few fire prevention tips for private forest landowners and operators: 1) monitor weather conditions – such as humidity and wind – and consider earlier close-downs if the weather warrants it; 2) keep equipment in good working order and free from flammable debris, as well as parking it away from flammable material when shutting down for the day; 3) Fire Watches – stay on high alert; and 4) be prepared . by performing daily checks of suppression and communications equipment.

For the public, campfires are still an issue in many areas. Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. On forestlands or in areas when campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite. To do so, drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported over the past 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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, is 693 acres and 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused Ka Nee Ta Fire, burning two miles east of Kah Nee Ta Resort, is 115 acres and 90 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused Bear Slide Fire, burning five miles north-northeast of Warm Springs, is 1,680 acres and 90 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire, burning north-northeast of Enterprise in Wallowa County, is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/ . Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.
The Pole Creek Fire, burning six miles southwest of Sisters, is 24,392 acres and 40 percent contained, with most growth yesterday in the southwest corner of the fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness. A community fire information update is planned for tonight, September 20 at 7:30 pm at the Sisters Elementary School, on 611 East Cascades Avenue. Smoke settled over the fire again last night making visibility poor; the overnight smoke inversion is forecasted to lift by late morning, with air fully mixing by afternoon and improving air conditions. ALL major routes remain open to tourist destinations like Sisters and other central Oregon communities. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander: Brian Watts) is managing operations on this fire. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3244/ .

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.

Jeri Chase, Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jimmy Creek Fire burning in Coos County

The 15-acre Jimmy Creek Fire was reported today burning in Douglas County.  The Coos Forest Protective Association is fighting the fire, which is currently uncontrolled and burning in timber along steep rock bluffs. Extended attack is expected. Two helicopters, four fire engines, one bulldozer, one water tender and six hand crews have been assigned to the suppression action.

Daily fire update - 09-18-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The Hunsaker Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Halfway, Oregon, is 693 acres and 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the East Blues Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team through the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

The lightning-caused Ka Nee Ta Fire burning two miles east of Kah Nee Ta Resort is 150 acres and 20 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort. The fire is burning in heavy sage and bitterbrush in a remote roadless area.

The lightning-caused Bear Slide Fire burning five miles NNE of Warm Springs is 1,672 acres and five percent contained. 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. Hunters in the area are warned to be cautious. Area closures are in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Citizens are asked to consider avoiding the area, given the potential congestion from the continuing fire suppression traffic. A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 17,500 acres and 15 percent contained. Fire crews strengthend containment lines yesterday. Additional burnouts were used to deepen and establish primary lines in advance of changing weather, which is anticipated to challenge existing fire perimeters. 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.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wildfire danger level rises in NW Oregon forests Sept. 17


Continuing warm weather and tinder-dry forest conditions prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to increase fire safety restrictions on industrial activity on private and non-federal public forestlands in a portion of northwestern Oregon effective at noon today, Sept. 17. The tightening of rules on work activities also affects recreational off-road vehicle users in portions of the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests.

The step up from Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 (IFPL) to Level 3 applies to Zones NW-2 and NW-3. Zone NW-2 encompasses eastern Clatsop County and northern Tillamook County. Zone NW-3 takes in Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties along with a portion of Tillamook County.

The Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, or IFPLs, regulate work activity in the forest including timber harvest and road construction. IFPL 3, also referred to as “partial shutdown,” includes the following restrictions:

  1. Cable yarding prohibited - except that gravity-operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
  2. Power saws prohibited - except power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.
The following activities are also prohibited except between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:

  1. Tractor-skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fire line are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start.
  2. Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material.
  3. Blasting.
  4. Welding or cutting of metal.
  5. Any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned.
A fire watch is required for three hours following shutdown of work for the day.

Maps of the various zones can be viewed on the Oregon Department of Forestry website, www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Forest_Restrictions___Closures

The implementation of IFPL 3 overrides a partial waiver that allows use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles on designated OHV areas within the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests during IFPL Levels 1 and 2.

The following areas are now closed to OHV use: The Rogers Basin, Jordan Creek Basin, Trask Basin, Diamond Mill OHV area, Nicolai Mountain OHV area, and Nestucca Trail areas.

In those areas, recreationists must follow the normal rules under a regulated-use closure. These include:

  1. Smoking prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and at designated locations. An "improved road" is a road that has been constructed for automobile use and is maintained clear of flammable debris.
  2. Open fires such as campfires, charcoal fires, and cooking fires allowed only in designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  3. Restrictions or prohibition of non-industrial use of chainsaws. This includes private woodcutting. An ax, shovel, and fire extinguisher of at least 8 oz. capacity must be kept with each saw.
  4. The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may be prohibited, except on improved roads.
  5. Possessing the following fire equipment while traveling in timber, brush or grass areas may be required: one axe at least 26 inches in length, with a head weighing at least two pounds; one shovel at least 26 inches in length, with a blade at least eight inches wide; and one gallon of water or one fully charged and an operational 2.5-lb. or larger fire extinguisher.
  6. Prohibition on the use of fireworks.
  7. Prohibition on the cutting, grinding and welding of metal in dry, grassy or forested areas between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  8. Prohibition on the use of exploding targets.

Daily fire update - 09-17-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The lightning-caused, 27-acre Smith Mountain Fire was reported Saturday burning in the Wallowa Unit of the Northeast Oregon District. ODF firefighters contained the fire in initial attack.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The Hunsaker Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Halfway, Oregon, is 693 acres and 40 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 150 acres and 20 percent contained. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is leading the suppression effort. The fire is burning in heavy sage and bitterbrush in a remote roadless area.

The lightning-caused Bear Slide Fire burning five miles NNE of Warm Springs is 200 acres and five percent contained. 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. Hunters in the area are warned to be cautious. Area closures are in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Wallowa County Sheriff's Department has reopened the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260). Citizens are asked to consider avoiding this area given the potential congestion from the continuing fire suppression traffic. A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 16,500 acres and 10 percent contained. The fire remained active on Sunday with some short-range spotting but little growth. A public briefing is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at Sisters Elementary School. The U.S. Forest Service is leading the suppression effort.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and fully contained.

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.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-14-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. Hunters in the area are warned to be cautious. Area closures remain in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place.

The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca is 6,481 acres and fully contained. A local Type 4 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee the suppression efforts through the duration of the incident.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 5,677 acres and 10 percent contained. Fire activity has increased today, producing a large column of smoke. All major highways and roads remain open; drivers can expect areas of limited visibility on Highway 242, Highway 126 and Highway 20.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and 90 percent contained. A closure remains in effect for Warm Springs Agency lands including Trout Lake. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is in command of suppression efforts.

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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-13-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Department reopened the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road. The public is advised to avoid the area due to the potential congestion from fire suppression traffic. More information on this fire is on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca is 6,481 acres and 97 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee the suppression efforts through the duration of the incident. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3216/.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 4,583 acres and five percent contained. Higher temperatures and lower humidty are forecast for today, likely leading to intensified fire behavior. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters including the Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 Road are being given a Precautionary Evacuation Notification. Key personnel from the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 will present two informational briefings at the Emergency Preparedness Fair in Sisters on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Team members will provide fire updates and information at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The briefings will include current status of the fire, expected fire behavior/activity, local weather trends, current maps and operational plans. The event will be held at Sisters Elementary School.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb, http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and 90 percent contained. The closure has 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. For the latest fire Information and the most current area and trail closures, contact the incident information officer at 541-553-8190. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-12-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. A local Type 4 Incident Management Team has command of the suppression efforts. Pockets of unburned fuels are continuing to burn inside the fire line along the southwest and west sides of the fire, producing visible columns of smoke. More information on this fire is on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County is 6,481 acres and 97 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee the suppression efforts through the duration of the incident. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3216/.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 4,336 acres and five percent contained. Crews held lines throughout the day Tuesday and kept fire spread to a minimum. Two spot fires were staffed, with air resources providing assistance to ground crews. For firefighter and public safety, an area closure remains in place around the vicinity of the fire. The closure includes Forest Service roads 15 and 16, several spur roads leading into the fire area, trailheads and the Three Creeks Campground area. More information on this fire is on Inciweb, http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and 90 percent contained. The closure has 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. For the latest fire Information and the most current area and trail closures, contact the incident information officer at 541-553-8190. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-11-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
Northeast Oregon
The lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire burning NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County is 73,697 acres and 90 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team in command of suppression efforts will transfer management to a local Type 4 team today. ODF is providing protection on approx. 3,500 acres of the fire incident. More information on this fire is on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3202/.

Eastern/South Central Oregon
The Parish Cabin Fire burning 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County is 6,481 acres and 95 percent contained. More information on this fire is avail able on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3216/.

The Pole Creek Fire burning six miles southwest of Sisters is 4,300 acres and uncontained. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including the Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 road are being notified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification due to the fire. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. A closure in place on Highway 242 was lifted on Sept. 10. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated. For more information on the evacuations, contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency line, 541-693-6911.

The lightning-caused Waterfalls 2 Fire burning 25 miles west of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is 12,265 acres and 90 percent contained. The closure has 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. For the latest fire Information and the most current area and trail closures, contact the incident information officer at 541-553-8190. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb, www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/.

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.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Daily fire update - 09-10-12


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON
Northeastern 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 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/Southcentral Oregon
The Parish Cabin Fire has been burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. It's currently 6,481 acres and is now 95 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee suppression efforts through the duration of the incident. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Pole Creek Fire (USFS) reported Sept 9 burning in timber southwest of Sisters, OR is approximately 1,500 acres and as of this morning is 0 percent contained. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 road are being nofified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. Highway 242 is closed at the Trout Creek intersection on the Sisters side and at White Ranch on the McKenzie side of the highway. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is enroute to take command of the suppression efforts this morning. For more information on the evacuations please contact Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency line at 541-693-6911.

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 90 percent contained. 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. Interior islands of unburned fuels continue to burn out and put some smoke in the air. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has command of the suppression efforts. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

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.
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

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 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 has been burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. It's currently 6,481 acres and is now 95 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee suppression efforts through the duration of the incident.
More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:  http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Pole Creek Fire (USFS) reported Sept 9 burning in timber southwest of Sisters, OR is approximately 1,500 acres and as of this morning is 0 percent contained. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 road are being nofified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. Highway 242 is closed at the Trout Creek intersection on the Sisters side and at White Ranch on the McKenzie side of the highway. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team is enroute to take command of the suppression efforts this morning.
For more information on the evacuations please contact Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency line at 541-693-6911.

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 90 percent contained. 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. Interior islands of unburned fuels continue to burn out and put some smoke in the air. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has command of the suppression efforts.
More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center.

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 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 has been burning on federal lands 15 miles NE of Seneca in Grant County. It's currently 6,481 acres and is now 95 percent contained. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command and will oversee suppression efforts through the duration of the incident.
More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at:  http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/

The Pole Creek Fire (USFS) reported Sept 9 burning in timber southwest of Sisters, OR is approximately 1,500 acres and as of this morning is 0 percent contained. The Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including Edgington Remuda area and homes along the 16 road are being nofified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. Highway 242 is closed at the Trout Creek intersection on the Sisters side and at White Ranch on the McKenzie side of the highway. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team is enroute to take command of the suppression efforts this morning.
For more information on the evacuations please contact Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency line at 541-693-6911.

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 90 percent contained. 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. Interior islands of unburned fuels continue to burn out and put some smoke in the air. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has command of the suppression efforts.
More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

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/.

Thursday, September 6, 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. Size of the fire Thursday is estimated at 162 acres; fire is burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. Some hot spots remain but as of this morning, the fire, located west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill, has line constructed around 100% of its perimeter and is 60% contained.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are now open as is Highway 199. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and Douglas Forest Protective Association has been assisting.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON

The lightning-caused Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 73,500 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area 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. 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. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the suppression efforts. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fire Update, Wednesday Sept. 5, 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. Size of the fire Tuesday is estimated at 155 acres; fire is burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. The fire, west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill, now has line constructed around 100% of its perimeter.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 remains open. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Sheriff deputies. ODOT, OSP and Douglas Forest Protective Association have been assisting.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON

The lightning-caused Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 73,500 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area 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 80 percent contained. 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. 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. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

Tuesday, September 4, 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. Size of the fire Tuesday is estimated at 150 acres; fire is burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. The fire, west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill, now has line constructed around 85% of its perimeter.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 remains open. 5 engines are being ordered for tonight. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Sheriff deputies. ODOT, OSP and Douglas Forest Protective Association are also assisting.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON

NORTHEAST OREGON

The lightning-caused Cache Creek fire continues burning about 41 miles NNE of Enterprise in Wallowa County. Fire has covered 73,500 acres in extreme terrain with limited accessibility in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is 90 percent contained. Transfer of command to IMT3 (Tyler) took place this morning. 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 65 percent contained. An interagency incident management team (IIMT Oregon Team 4) is now leading the fire response. Cause of the fire is under investigation. 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. 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. More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3165/

Monday, September 3, 2012

Slate Creek fire - evening update


A forest fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands west of the Josephine County community of Wonder has burned 120 acres. The fire is 10 percent contained, and five helicopters and two airtankers are bombing the fire's flanks with water and retardant. Five bulldozers, seven engines and three firefighting crews are constructing fireline.


The fire is west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 is open. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Search and Rescue. Rural/Metro Fire Dept. is protecting structures.

A night crew is being deployed to continue fireline construction. Access to the fire's edge is poor, but bulldozers are creating access points for hoses, portable water ponds and water tenders.

Brian Ballou - ODF SW Oregon District

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