With most of the state having gone five to six weeks without significant rain, many ODF districts have increased the fire danger level to high. When fire danger is high, outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire are typically banned in or near forestland, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.














Monday, November 25, 2013

State Forester Doug Decker on the 2013 fire season

[Following is an excerpt from Oregon State Forester Doug Decker's Nov. 25 message to Oregon Dept. of Forestry personnel.]

Though the fires are out and the smoke has now cleared, I know you’ll agree with me that the 2013 fire season is still with us, and will be for some time. We were busy last week in the Oregon Legislature talking about fire, and I wanted to pass along some good news about the latest milestone related to this last fire season.

We brought three key financial items before the legislature last Thursday and Friday, all of which were met with strong support, allowing us to continue ahead with bill paying, and with preparing for the 2014 fire season. Last week’s Legislative Emergency Board strongly affirmed our work by approving our request for increased spending authority, including the $2 million from the Special Purpose Appropriation, and agreeing to take up our request for an additional $40 million in General Fund money during the February 2014 legislative session. During three legislative committee meetings on Thursday and Friday, legislators went out of their way to thank all firefighters and the department for its work last summer. Woven through the conversations was a strong interest in minimizing future fire risks through active forest management, and concerns about the long-term impacts of climate change.

On Wednesday, I participated in a panel discussion with the Bureau of Land Management and a private landowner representative in front of the Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee on the topic of post-fire recovery. I was proud to highlight the Southwest Oregon District’s swift response on the fire salvage work underway on state forests burned in the Douglas Complex – though not a lot of acres – still an important demonstration for us as forest stewards of our state forests. There is a lot of interest from this committee – especially on the topic of federal forests management.

Last week’s support from the Oregon Legislature and ongoing support from the Governor’s Office is in harmony with what we’ve heard during the recent fall fire protection association meetings now underway. During these sessions, landowners and cooperators have candidly and sincerely expressed their thanks to the department.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Oregon’s inmate fire crews prove their worth in 2013

Standing shoulder to shoulder on the fire line this summer with agency and private sector personnel were firefighters from Oregon’s correctional institutions. Each year the state departments of Corrections (DOC) and Forestry (ODF) team up to select and train inmate hand crews for dispatch to wildfires. During the severe 2013 fire season, the inmates put up some impressive numbers. Some 829 inmates from nine institutions logged 568 crew days at 36 different fires around the state.

Inmates selected to serve on the 10-person hand crews complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the essentials of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication and safety.

Filling an equally important role are the inmate camp crews. Drawn from prison kitchen facilities where they have been trained in food service, these inmates staff ODF’s mobile kitchens at large fires, serving meals day and night to two shifts of firefighters.

“We are pleased to continue a strong partnership with ODF, especially given this unprecedented fire season,” said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. “Our collaboration reduces costs for the state and provides meaningful work opportunities for adults in custody, which helps prepare them for re-entry to the community.”

In fulfilling Oregon law which requires inmates to contribute economically to the state, the crews tallied substantial cost savings when compared to hiring regular workers for the same tasks. On the Douglas Complex fires alone, use of inmates shaved an estimated $1.2 million off the total. Statewide, millions were saved due to inmate labor and the partnership with Corrections.

ODF’s Chris Hall commended the inmates and crew supervisors he worked with on the Rabbit Fire, one of the fires making up the Douglas Complex: “Your professionalism and constant attention to detail showed. With an excellent safety record and your firefighting skills, we were able to catch and hold a most difficult fire in steep, rough terrain.”

Inmates selected for the fire and camp crews are low-risk offenders. The hundreds of inmate crew shift deployments during the 2013 fire season were without incident.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fire Safety Crucial During Fall Hunting Season

CONTACT:
Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association 541-672-6507 X 136
kreed@odf.state.or.us

Even though fire season ended earlier in the week in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction, hunters and other recreationalists are reminded to be cautious with fire in wildland areas. During the fall months, several warm, windy days are all it takes to dry vegetation out enough for a fire to get out of control.

Campfires are one of the leading causes of wildfires this time of year. To prevent your campfire from becoming a wildfire, follow these tips:

- Always get landowner permission before having a campfire on private property. This includes private timber land.
- When selecting a site for a campfire, avoid areas near buildings, fallen trees, heavy vegetation, and overhanging branches.
- Remove all leaf litter and vegetation down to mineral soil for at least 5 feet on all sides of the fire.
- If a fire ring is not present, make one with rocks.
- Build your campfire downwind and at a safe distance from your tent and vehicle.
- Campfires should be kept small so they are easily manageable.
- Never leave your campfire unattended.
- At a minimum, keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby.

Before leaving the campfire, make sure it is 100 percent out. To do this, drown the embers and coals with water. Then stir everything together with a shovel, and then drown with water again. If any heat or smoke remains, the fire is not completely out. Continue to drown, stir, and drown until the heat and smoke are no longer present.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Contract crews play key role in 2013 fire season

If the summer wildfire season seemed especially busy, the numbers bear it out: The contract fire crews of the Pacific Northwest logged more than 4,700 crew days on 98 wildfires in 2013. The 20-person hand crews – most of them based in Oregon - fought fire in seven western states. Equipped with shovels and Pulaskis, the yellow-shirted firefighters dug and scraped mile upon mile of containment line to stop the spread of fast-moving fires through the forest.

The wildfire agencies of Oregon and Washington began the season with 168 20-person crews on their contract, known as the Interagency Firefighting Crew Agreement. But demand exceeded supply and they added 17 more at the end of July. Ninety contract crews were deployed just on the Douglas Complex fires in southern Oregon.

“Having these trained crews available, fully equipped and ready to be at a fire within short notice, is a very valuable resource for government,” said Cindy Beck, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) contract services unit coordinator. “Due to the large fire activity in Oregon this year the crews exceeded the normal 14-day assignments, and continuously received favorable performance reviews.”

ODF developed the original agreement in the late 1980s, when downsizing in Oregon’s timber industry resulted in fewer woods workers and federal agency personnel available to fight fire. Other state and federal wildfire agencies in Washington and Oregon subsequently joined the agreement.

Though the Department of Forestry administers the interagency crew agreement, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies have used the crews more extensively in the past. But in 2013, forestlands protected by ODF appeared in the crosshairs for lightning, and the state agency logged 3,214 contract crew days on 30 fires across its jurisdiction.

During a moderate fire season, Beck frequently gets calls from contractors, asking why their crews haven’t been dispatched yet. Lack of work was not the case this summer, and the industry stepped up to meet the need.

“In Oregon well over 40 percent of the fire resources that are available come from the professional private fire industry,” said Deborah Miley, executive director of the Lyons, Oregon-based National Wildfire Suppression Association. “These resources provide a highly qualified and trained workforce that has a shared goal to complete the mission and ensure that all of our firefighters go home.”

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fire season ends Sept. 24 in Southwest Oregon District

Contact: Brian Ballou, (541) 665-0662 or (541) 621-4156

Several days of rain across the southwest Oregon region has brought fire season to an end effective Tuesday, Sept. 24, on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The public regulated use fire danger level drops to “low” (green) after midnight tonight, and all public and industrial fire prevention regulations will be lifted.

It was a busy summer for firefighters across southwest Oregon. Crews responded to more than 330 fires, 126 of which were caused by lightning. More than 43,000 acres of forestland burned on the district, much of it in the Big Windy and Douglas complexes in northern Josephine County. People caused more than 200 fires this fire season, which started June 3, and human-caused fires burned nearly 800 acres. Lightning caused the summer’s biggest wildfires.

Southwest Oregon residents are urged to use caution when burning debris this fall. Many structural fire protection districts require a permit to burn piled debris or to use burn barrels, and both counties issue daily air quality advisories. Call your county’s open burning line before burning to find out whether open burning is allowed. In Jackson County, the number to call is (541) 776-7007. In Josephine County, call (541) 476-9663.

For more information about wildland fire prevention, contact your local Oregon Dept. of Forestry unit office:
• Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd: (541) 664-3328
• Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr: (541) 474-3152

Fire danger regulations are also posted online at www.swofire.com.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It feels like fall, but fire danger still present

Even though fall is in the air, careless actions can spark a wildfire this time of year. Grasses, brush and other fine fuels parched by the summer’s heat can ignite from a variety of sources – an errant spark from a campfire or warming fire, a discarded cigarette, or a hot exhaust system contacting vegetation. And under fall conditions, these fire starts often don’t become apparent until hours or even days later.

For hunters, a warming fire built on a hillside in the early morning hours takes the chill off. But before you move on, is the fire really out? Even when there is no smoke the ashes can retain heat. On the next sunny day, a little wind can rekindle that “dead” fire and cause it to spread into a wildfire.

Before heading to the forest, be sure to check the rules to learn whether warming fires and campfires are allowed. The safest place for a campfire is in a campground with established fire pits. Before leaving a fire, be sure to douse it repeatedly with water, stirring the ashes each time to ensure it is completely extinguished.

When driving a full-sized vehicle or ATV in the forest, always carry fire equipment required by the jurisdictional land management agency. And before heading to your hunting location, check the current rules on vehicle use. In some areas, off-road use of motorized vehicles may be prohibited.

Likewise with smoking: Check the rules. Depending on the fire danger level, smoking may be restricted to inside a closed vehicle or building. In any case, never discard smoking materials in grass or other vegetation.

For additional fire safety tips and current fire restrictions, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry or the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Central Oregon fire update - Sept. 16, 2013

Several lightning strikes came through the northeastern portion of Central Oregon Sunday afternoon, igniting a handful of fires. Firefighters have responded to all new incidents. One fire is under investigation and estimated at 200 acres. Aerial detection flights will be flown Monday looking for any other fires that have not been located. Weather for the next couple of days is expected to be mostly cloudy and cooler, warming up again on Thursday. Friday will bring another possibility of precipitation to central Oregon.

Incident 813 (McDonald Ferry) located on the John Day River near Old Oregon Trail on Bureau of Land Management land was estimated at 200 acres late last night. Crews will continue to work the fire today.

The Whiskey Springs Fire on the Ochoco National Forest is currently 60 acres and continues to smolder in heavy dead and downed fuels from the old Hash Rock fire. It is located one mile east of Whiskey Springs on U.S. Forest Service Road 27 and was started by lightning on Sept. 5. There are numerous fire-killed snags in the area, making it unsafe for firefighters to engage directly. The fire is expected to continue to smoke and occasionally flare up until the area receives rain or snow. Crews have identified containment opportunities outside of the old fire area and are taking actions to ensure the fire remains contained within the identified area. ‘Fire Activity Ahead’ signs are posted along the 27 Road as travelers approach the fire. While the 27 Road remains open to the public, please use caution while traveling through the area.

The Sam Davis Fire on the Ochoco National Forest is located one mile east of Toggle Meadows south of Forest Service Road 12 and was started by lightning on Sept. 7. Given the time of year and favorable weather conditions, crews are using existing roads for containment opportunities and using drip torches and burn-out operations to secure established containment lines. This strategy is allowing the fire to consume accumulations of hazardous fuels and minimizes risk to firefighters. The fire is currently 272 acres in size. When completed, the final perimeter is expected to be approximately 350 acres. While no formal closure is in place, the public is encouraged to avoid the fire area.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Weather change may help Big Windy Complex crews

Sept. 13, 2013
Contact: Brian Ballou, 541-665-0662

Smoke will drift from the Big Windy Complex as an area along the north/northeast flank that flared up Wednesday continues to burn out. On Thursday, helicopters hauled buckets of water into the Howard Creek drainage to cool down hotspots. Further helicopter activity in the same area is expected to take place today and through Saturday.

More than 120 firefighters are assigned to the Big Windy Complex today and will work on the 25,775-acre burned area throughout the weekend. Their primary tasks are to mop up around the perimeter of the fire, burn out unburned islands of vegetation inside the fireline, and monitor the interior of the burned area for flare-ups.

By late Saturday, a weather change is expected that will shift the wind pattern, bring a chance of showers, cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The prevailing air flow this past week has been from the north; starting late Saturday, the air flow will be from the west and the temperature in the Big Windy Complex area will drop into the 70s. There is a chance for thunderstorm activity on Sunday.

The Big Windy Complex is 90 percent contained.

Big Windy Complex updates and Southwest Oregon District fire prevention regulations are posted online at www.swofire.com and on InciWeb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/.

Douglas Complex update - Sept. 13, 2013

CONTACT: Kyle Reed, Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 X136 office, 541-580-2789 cell, kreed@odf.state.or.us

Douglas Complex Update

The warm, windy conditions over much of southern Oregon this week haven’t stopped firefighters from making good progress on the Douglas Complex. Some 150 fire personnel remain assigned to the incident, continuing post-fire suppression activities. The main objectives continue to be mopping up hot spots, working on rehabilitation projects, and patrolling the fire lines. Firefighters have also stopped several small flare-ups, well within the interior of the fire. These fies have occurred in areas that didn’t burn cleanly. While the flare-ups haven’t posed a threat to containment lines, fire officials are trying to minimize the loss of resources and habitat in these areas. With these interior pockets occasionally burning, in addition to other smoldering material in the interior of the fire area, some smoke from the Douglas Complex will be visible until significant rain showers return to the area.

The BLM has extended the road closure for the general public around the Douglas Complex until the end of the month. At that point, they will reassess the situation with the road closures. The road closures are in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public while work continues in the fire area. In addition to the potential for rolling rocks and falling trees in the burned area, many roads that fire trucks, water tenders, heavy equipment, and fire crews are working on are narrow, winding, and have blind corners. The public is asked to honor these road closures and stay out of the fire area. More information about the road closure can be found online at: www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php or by calling the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management at 541-440-4930, or the Medford BLM at 541-471-6500.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Flare-up on Big Windy Complex sends smoke into valleys

More than 120 firefighters assigned to the Big Windy Complex continue the task of mopping up around the perimeter of the fire, burning out unburned islands of vegetation, and monitoring the interior of the burned area for flare-ups. A 20-acre flare-up Wednesday afternoon burned deep in the canyon where Howard Creek and Anna Creek converge. The flare-up pumped heavy smoke into northern Josephine County.

Contrary to earlier reports, yesterday's flare-up was not caused by burnout operations on the fire's west/southwest side.

Today, crews will monitor the flare-up and, if necessary, send helicopters with buckets in to cool down hotspots. Most of the flare-up occurred in an area where it is unsafe to send fire crews into. Using helicopters is the most effective way to contain flare-ups in the deep, remote canyons within the Big Windy Complex.

A series of infrared images were taken of the Big Windy Complex and the size of the burned area was revised to 25,775 acres. The complex is 90 percent contained.

Big Windy Complex updates and Southwest Oregon District fire prevention regulations are posted online at www.swofire.com and on InciWeb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/.

Monday, September 9, 2013

ODF fire update - Sept. 9, 2013

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 85-acre Postage Stamp Butte Fire was reported Saturday burning in The Dalles Unit of the Central Oregon District in grass, brush and oak fuels. The fire was in mop-up Sunday. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or the national Incident Information System site.

ODF maintains a blog that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics. The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog with wildfire info specific to the region. In addition, the district provides a Twitter feed on fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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 may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Postage Stamp Fire contained at 85 acres

The 85-acre Postage Stamp Fire reported Saturday burning in The Dalles Unit of the Central Oregon District was contained and in mop-up by Sunday. The fire is burning in grass, brush and oak fuels. Cause is under investigation.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fire safety essential on fall forest outings

The recent rainfall across parts of Oregon raised hopes, but it wasn’t enough to put the 2013 wildfire season in the rear-view mirror, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Tom Fields.

“This was not a season-ending event,” the fire prevention coordinator said. “Coming off of such a dry summer, we’ll need thorough saturation of the forest fuels to truly change conditions.”

A warming trend forecast to begin Sept. 7 and continue for up to a week could elevate fire danger once again. While the precipitation helped moderate fire conditions in the forest by moistening light fuels such as grasses, he said, just a day or two of sun and warmth can return the vegetation to a flammable condition.

For many Oregonians, the impulse to burn yard debris kicks in with the first rain. But burning restrictions remain in place across the state and aren’t likely to be lifted anytime soon. While conditions may be calm when holding a match to a pile of shrub trimmings, a gust of wind can transform that burn pile into a wildfire in mere minutes.

And in spite of widespread news coverage this summer of Oregon’s giant wildfires, some forest visitors apparently didn’t get the message. The department’s field districts are regularly finding campfires left burning by recreationists who headed for home without attempting to put them out.

Fire danger will moderate as the seasonal transition takes hold with shorter days and cooler temperatures. But careless activity can still trigger wildfires this time of year. And the firefighting force present during the peak of the summer is shrinking. Students who worked on fire crews to pay tuition have returned to college, and contracts for air tankers and helicopters are running out.

Fall is a great time to visit Oregon’s forests. As you enjoy the state’s unrivaled natural heritage, please exercise caution to prevent fires.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

ODF fire update - Sept. 5, 2013

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sept. 5, 2013.

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

The 11,354-acre Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles SW of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District is 98 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

The 24,125-acre Big Windy Complex burning on ODF-protected lands 25 miles NW of Grants Pass is 87 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The 1,350-acre Vinegar Fire burning on the Umatilla National Forest 27 miles NE of John Day is 53 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Government Flats Fire update - Sept. 4, 2013

Information: Oregon Department of Forestry – 541-296-4626
Mt. Hood National Forest – 503-668-1791
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

Today, containment of the Government Flats Fire Complex remains at 90 percent. Containment means a control line has been completed around the fire which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread. Areas on the northwest portion of the Blackburn Fire within the complex do not have containment lines firmly established yet. Significant mop-up work remains to be done in the heavier fuels on this area of the fire located on the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Isolated smokes may also continue to be visible in the interior of other areas of the Blackburn Fire away from the control lines.

A Type III Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (IC Barnes) has been responsible for suppression and mop-up activities during the past week. This morning, management of the portion of the fire located on the Mt. Hood National Forest transferred to a US Forest Service Type III team. This team will be operating out of a new fire camp located at Toll Bridge Park in Parkdale.

The portions of the fire on private, Bureau of Land Management, and City of The Dalles ownerships will continue to be patrolled by The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Total complex acreage remains at 11,434 acres, of which 11,221 is within the Blackburn Fire.

An area closure remains within the fire perimeter itself as well as on some Forest Service roads, trails and facilities within the Mt Hood National Forest in the vicinity of the fire. Listings of the road, trail and campground area closures may be found at these web sites: Mt Hood National Forest Area Closure or http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/. Outside of the closure area fire equipment traffic may be heavy near the western end of the Blackburn Fire. Please use caution if driving in these areas.

Many of the personnel assigned to the Government Flats Complex are being demobilized so they rest and become available to other wildfires. Activity at the incident command post at Wahtonka High School in The Dalles will be winding down today.

ODF fire update - Sept. 4, 2013

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands during the past 24 hours.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association declared the 48,679-acre Douglas Complex fully contained at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3. The incident management team, led by DFPA, will remain in place to continue mop-up operations, work on rehabilitation projects and patrol the fire lines. Despite the incident being contained, smoke from the interior of the fire will be visible until fall rains set in. The public is reminded that the Bureau of Land Management road closures around the Douglas Complex fires will remain in effect through September 10. At that time, the BLM will reassess the road closures and make adjustments as needed. The road closures are in effect to provide safety to both firefighters and the general public while work continues in the area.

The 11,434-acre Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles SW of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District is 90 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

The 24,253-acre Big Windy Complex burning on ODF-protected lands 25 miles NW of Grants Pass is 87 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The 1,350-acre Vinegar Fire burning on the Umatilla National Forest 27 miles NE of John Day is 45 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ODF fire update - Sept. 3, 2013

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands over the Labor Day weekend.

The 11,434-acre, lightning-caused Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles SW of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District is 90 percent contained, with full containment predicted Sept. 4. Crews are continuing mop-up on all sides of the Blackburn Fire (the remaining active fire in the complex). Resources on the complex include: 292 total personnel, two helicopters and 15 fire engines. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

The 48,679-acre, lightning-caused Douglas Complex burning two miles north of Glendale in the Douglas Forest Protective Association jurisdiction is 95 percent contained. Mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation continue around the 127-mile perimeter. Resources on the complex include: 188 total personnel, two helicopters and nine fire engines.

The 24,253-acre, lightning-caused Big Windy Complex burning on ODF-protected lands 25 miles NW of Grants Pass is 87 percent contained. The incident management team currently managing the complex will turn it over to ODF today. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The 1,350-acre, lightning-caused Vinegar Fire burning on the Umatilla National Forest 27 miles NE of John Day is 45 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/

The 534-acre, lightning-caused Middle Fork Fire burning 37 miles south of Jordan Valley on Bureau of Land Management lands is fully contained. Mop-up and rehabilitation are underway.

Friday, August 30, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 30, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 147 acres - an updated acreage amount that reflects the most recent mapping and reporting from earlier this week that had not yet been reported in these updates, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires remaining 100 percent contained and the total complex 90 percent contained. There are currently 229 personnel assigned to this incident, and yesterday's transition was completed as ODF Incident Management Team 3 (IC Chris Cline) demobilized from the complex and a local ODF Central Oregon District - The Dalles Unit fire management team (IC Adam Barnes) assumed command.
New Information Contact: David Morman, ODF Central Oregon District Information Officer, 503-302-7088
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,208 acres and 67 percent contained. There are currently 793 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team out of the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) on Monday, August 26, 2013, and 350 firefighters are continuing mop-up operations and rehabilitation projects on both the Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek fires. With Labor Day week-end coming up, fire officials are reminding the public that road closures around the Douglas Complex remain in effect, for the safety of firefighters who are continuing to work in the area, as well as the safety of the general public. Information/maps on these closures can be accessed from the BLM websites for the Roseburg District (for roads in Douglas County) and the Medford District (for roads in Josephine County) as follows:
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php ; PH: 541-440-4930
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php ; PH: 541-471-6500

New Information Contact: Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist, 541-672-6507 X 136
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,291 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 115 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-caused Middle Fork Fire is burning on BLM lands in grass, sage, and juniper, in inaccessible river canyon and steep, rocky terrain, 37 miles south of Jordan Valley. There are currently 79 people assigned to this fire, which started on Thursday, August 29, 2013, and is currently at 523 acres and 15 percent contained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

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

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Douglas Complex update - Aug. 30, 2013

Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity readings have helped fire crews continue to make good progress in the final stages of the Douglas Complex Fires. Some 350 firefighters remain to continue mop-up operations, and to work on rehab projects on both the Rabbit Mountain Fire and the Dad’s Creek Fire. Fire officials are still using handheld infrared cameras to check for hotspots around the fire perimeter, but few are being detected. With the fire perimeter looking better each day, firefighters are pushing farther into the black, extinguishing visible smokes.

With Labor Day Weekend coming up, fire officials are reminding the public that the road closures around the Douglas Complex remain in effect. These closures are in effect for the safety of firefighters and the general public while firefighters continue to work in the area. For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the Bureau of Land Management district office in Roseburg, 541-440-4930. For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office, 541-471-6500.
Maps of the road closure areas are posted online, www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php,
www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 29, 2013

FIRES BURNING ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex 85 percent contained. There are currently 552 personnel assigned to this incident this morning, although ODF Incident Management Team 3 is transitioning management of the complex to a local ODF Central Oregon District – The Dalles Unit fire management team, who is assuming command of this complex today.
New Information Contact: David Morman, ODF Central Oregon District Information Officer, 503-302-7088
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,137 acres and 55 percent contained. There are currently 822 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team out of the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Monday, August 26, 2013.
New Information Contact: Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist, 541-672-6507 X 136
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire. Unless the fire situation changes, there will be no further reports on this fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The 3,314-acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM), burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper, is now 100 percent contained. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 80 percent contained.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

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

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 28, 2013 morning

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

Blackburn Fire Update:
Note: This will be the final update for the Government Flats Complex from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 (IC Cline). The team has transferred command to a Type III organization (IC Adam Barnes). Information regarding the complex can be obtained by logging onto inciweb.org or calling (503) 302-7088.

Information regarding recreation on the Mount Hood National Forest and area closures can be obtained by logging onto www.fs.usda.gov/mthood or by calling either the Barlow Ranger District at (541) 467-2291 or the Hood River Ranger District at (541) 352-6002.

The Blackburn Fire has consumed 11,221 acres and is now 85 percent contained. Crews will continue to secure established containment lines and mop up the fire’s edges. While rain is in the forecast for today, the weekend will bring significant changes in fire conditions. Meteorologists are calling for warmer and drier weather with unstable air conditions that tend to promote active fire behavior. Crews will take advantage of cooler conditions over the next two days to gain the upper hand. Rain is expected to return Monday.

There is currently an area closure on some roads, trails and facilities within the Mt Hood National Forest in the vicinity of the fire. Listings of the road, trail and campground area closures may be found at these web sites: Mt Hood National Forest Area Closure or http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

Government Flat Complex at a glance:
Total Complex Acreage: 11,434 Blackburn Fire Acreage: 11,221
Complex Containment: 85 Percent Total Personnel Assigned: 552
Structures Lost to the Fire: 4 homes/9 outbuildings Structure currently threatened: 0
Cost of the Incident to Date: $ 12.9 million
Resources: 17 crews/15 engines/ 8 dozers/ 11 water tenders/ 12 helicopters
Ownerships involved: Private, U.S. Forest Service, City of The Dalles, and Bureau of Land Management

Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, Hood River County Division of Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 28, 2013 morning

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

Blackburn Fire Update:
The Government Flats Fire Complex has not grown in size for the last few days.

Today, crews will continue seeking and extinguishing burning or smoldering hot spots found in downed logs and vegetation, primarily on the west and northwest edges of the fire. Their work is similar to putting out a huge camp fire – drown and stir until the last ember is out. The work is done in a methodical manner by gridding an area, then re-gridding the area from a different direction until no smoke or other indications of hot embers are found. It is then rechecked the next day until it is out. Because this fire is so large, crews start at the outer boundaries and work their way in 200 to 300 feet.

Four 2-person crews are working each night using infra-red detection devises for locating hot areas. These areas are then marked with flagging for the firefighters on day shift to extinguish.

Firefighting crews and resources continue to be released from the Government Flats Fire Complex and will be available after a rest period for reassignment to other fires.

The public is reminded that fire equipment traffic will be heavy in areas near to the fire. Please use caution if driving in these areas. Some roads into the fire area are closed to non-fire traffic.

There is currently an area closure on some roads, trails and facilities within the Mt Hood National Forest in the vicinity of the fire. Listings of the road, trail and campground area closures may be found at these web sites: Mt Hood National Forest Area Closure or http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

Government Flat Complex at a glance:
Reduction in the fire acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Total Complex Acreage: 11,434 Blackburn Fire Acreage: 11,221
Complex Containment: 75 Percent Total Personnel Assigned: 627
Structures Lost to the Fire: 4 homes/9 outbuildings Structure currently threatened: 0
Cost of the Incident to Date: $ 12 million
Resources: 20 crews/21 engines/ 8 dozers/ 10 water tenders/ 7 helicopters
Ownerships involved: Private, U.S. Forest Service, City of The Dalles, and Bureau of Land Management
Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, Hood River County Division of Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

ODF fire update - Aug. 28, 2013

NEW FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger have been reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex 75 percent contained. There are currently 627personnel assigned to this incident.
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,137 acres and 45 percent contained. There are currently 1065 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained. This fire was turned over to a local fire management team on Sunday, August 25th, who are continuing to manage this inicdent. Unless the situation changes, there will be no further updates on this fire.
Information: 541-839-3099
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/
Blog: http://WhiskeyComplex.wordpress.com

The 3,314 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) is burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper and is now 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 80 percent contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

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

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 27, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, is 11,516 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex at 55 percent contained. There are currently 789 personnel assigned to this incident. All evacuation levels have been lifted and the Mt. Hood National Forest Closure Order has been reduced.
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,125 acres and 40 percent contained. There are currently 1065 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
Douglas Forest Protective Association: www.dfpa.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire.
Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained.
Information: 541-839-3099
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/

The 2,221 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) is burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper and is now 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 75 percent contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

FIRE STATISTICS
Lightning-caused: 378 fires burned 91,468 acres
Human-caused: 541 fires burned 2,778 acres
Total: 919 fires burned 94,246 acres

10-year average
Lightning-caused: 230 fires burned 8,939 acres
Human-caused: 484 fires burned 3,000 acres
Total: 713 fires burned 11,939 acres.

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.
*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

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

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 27, 2013 morning

Current Acres in Complex:
11,309 acres –No change - (Blackburn 11,221 acres, Government Flats 229 acres, Well Road 66 acres). Acreage is expected to go down on the smaller Government Flats fire as it is more accurately mapped later today.

Current Status:
The Blackburn fire is 55% contained and once again did not grow in size yesterday due to the more favorable conditions including more precipitation. All evacuation notices have been rescinded as of 1900 yesterday evening. Team 3 will transition the fire to a Type 3 team this coming Thursday.

Fire Behavior:
The fire activity yesterday was light with no growth. The same is expected today.

Objectives:
• Locate and mop up spot fires within the unburned areas in the NW corner of the fire.
• Heavy mop up operations and line improvement in the NW corner of the fire.
• Mop up at least 50’ in on all divisions on the north, south and west side of the fire.
• Mop up 300’ in on divisions on the east side of the fire (DIVS B/C) and move excess resources to NW corner when available.

Weather:
• 80 degrees, 30- 40% RH, winds SW @ 5-10 MPH with gusts to 15 MPH.

Resource Needs:
• None

Resources Threatened Today:
• None

Expected Growth:
• None. The only change in acreage will come from more accurate mapping.

Monday, August 26, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 26, 2013

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

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, is 11,309 acres (Blackburn 11,221 acres, Government Flats 229 acres, Well Road 66 acres), with the two smaller fires now 100% contained and the Blackburn Fire now 45% contained.

Crews took advantage of the past couple days of cool and wet weather, putting control lines against the black (burned area), mopping-up (making sure the area is cold out) and removing hazardous snags. As the operation section chief stated, "It is a good day to make hay and accomplish our objective of taking care of this fire." As portions of the fire are progressively meeting the desired objectives, personnel are being shifted to other areas of the fire, being demobilized and sent home or to another fire. There should be a noticeable downsizing of the "tent city" at the Wahtonka High School.

Fire personnel found yesterday that not all tents, even with rain flies or plastic coverings, are the same. Logistics personnel scrambled to assist firefighters with wet inner tents and bedding, by providing dry sleeping bags and arranging their sleeping in the school's gym. The gym floor may be harder, but it is dry and warm. The American Red Cross also made blankets available for use, if needed.

Roads within the fire area remain closed to non-residential traffic throughout the day. It is anticipated that all evacuation levels will be lifted this evening. Residents are encouraged to be very cautious when driving due to the high level of suppression vehicles and heavy equipment using the roads in the area.

The public (including bow hunters and bicyclists) is reminded that the Mt. Hood National Forest has implemented an area closure in proximity to the Blackburn Fire. Listings of the road, trail, campground, and general area closures may be found at the Forest web site: Mt Hood National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood) and at http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

Resources: 35 crews/36 engines/12 dozers/15 water tenders/8 helicopters

Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, Hood River County Division of Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police. evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Services at 541-386-1213 during business hours.

The fire complex is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/.

Big Windy Complex
The Big Windy Complex eight miles northwest of Galice is now 24,125 acres and 37 percent contained.
Firefighters will take advantage of the unseasonably cool and moist conditions to explore options of working closer to the fire's edge to contain the fire. This will still require some burnout operations which could occur when fuels are drier later in the week.
Over the next few days, firefighters will prepare these new containment lines by falling snags, brushing roads, and connecting existing firebreaks.

Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west. Residents should be prepared to leave if asked.

A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west where hazards from the approaching fire may be severe. Structure protection firefighters are on standby in Galice in case they should be needed.
Closures:
• Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
• Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
• Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the junction with Forest Road 33.
• Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
For more information: 541-476-1252


Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 89 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres.

The Douglas Complex is being turned over to a smaller incident management organization today. Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 transfers command at 6:00 p.m. to a Type 3 team comprised of local crews.

Fire camp is moving to Cuff Field, off Junction Rd in Glendale. The incident command post at Glendale High School will be closed after breakfast on Tuesday morning. The helicopter base is moving to the airport in Myrtle Creek.
Objectives on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek fires today are to continue mop-up and rehabilitation projects. Excess equipment - pumps, hoses and Fol-Da-Tanks - is being pulled from the fireline and returned to camp.

For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the BLM district office in Roseburg at 541-440-4930.
For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM's Grants Pass office at 541-471-6500.
More information on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/.


FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS
The Vinegar Fire is now 1,220 acres and 20 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire.
Road and areas closures remain in effect. The communities of Greenhorn and Alamo remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 755-9003.
More information also available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3645/


The Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 29 personnel are assigned to this fire.

An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.

For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

The 2,200 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) burning 23 miles east of Crane, OR. in grass, brush, and juniper is 40 percent contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres 50% contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Lightning-caused: 363 fires burned 91,430 acres
Human-caused: 536 fires burned 2,777 acres
Total: 899 fires burned 94,207 acres

10-yr avg
Lightning-caused: 229 fires burned 8,939 acres
Human-caused: 478 fires burned 2,839 acres
Total: 707 fires burned 11,778 acres.

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.
*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on other ongoing wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://www.inciweb.org/state/38.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

ODF maintains a blog, at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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Abandoned campfires a persistent problem in central Oregon

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811
Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire
Email: coidcincidentinformation@gmail.com
Follow us on our Twitter account: CentralOrFire

Central Oregon Fire Update

COIDC received smoke reports from Sunday’s storms up into the evening, but none were called in last night. New reports are expected to pick up again with daylight and as conditions dry out. Firefighters will work these reports until necessary suppression action has been taken.

Fire Danger remains HIGH. Nationally we are at Preparedness Level 5, meaning there is a high demand for firefighter resources due to active fires throughout the West. Please follow all campfire restrictions and county or city burning regulations.

Crews continue to respond to abandoned campfires outside hosted and developed campgrounds. Please remember that Public Use Restrictions continue on all open fires, including charcoal fires on the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Crooked River National Grasslands. Campfires are prohibited except in hosted and developed campgrounds. A list is available on either of these two web sites www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/ or www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/index.php. These restrictions do not apply to affected Wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.

For public and firefighter safety the Area Forest Closure is still in effect within the Green Ridge fire boundary, and roads within the fire perimeter remain closed to public travel. For details and updates please visit the Deschutes National Forest web site www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices

The National Weather Service has lifted the Red Flag warnings for the Central Oregon area today. Winds will be generally from the south shifting to southwest tonight. Skies will be partly cloudy with the possibility of occasional and widely scattered mountain showers. Highs will be in the mid 70’s to low 80’s, and the low humidity may range from 25% to 35%.

Douglas Complex: ODF Team 1 hands off mgmt to district at 6 p.m.

Douglas Complex Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

August 26, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Information: (541) 672-0379 or (541) 672-6507

Current situation:
The Douglas Complex is being turned over to a smaller incident management organization today. Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 transfers command at 6:00 p.m. to a Type 3 team comprised of local crews.

Fire camp is moving to Cuff Field, off Junction Rd in Glendale. The incident command post at Glendale High School will be closed after breakfast on Tuesday morning. The helicopter base is moving to the airport in Myrtle Creek.

Objectives on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires today are to continue mop-up and rehabilitation projects. Excess equipment – pumps, hoses and Fol-Da-Tanks – is being pulled from the fireline and returned to camp.

For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the BLM district office in Roseburg at 541-440-4930.

For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office at 541-471-6500.

Maps of the road closure areas are posted online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php

This is the last Douglas Complex update from ODF Incident Management Team 1. Information will continue to be provided on an as-needed basis by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Complex at a Glance
Size: 48,679 acres

Fires in the Complex:
Rabbit Mountain Fire: 23,952 acres
Dad’s Creek Fire: 24,464 acres
Farmer Gulch Fire: 249 acres
Misc small fires: 14 acres

Cause: Lightning on July 26

Containment: 89%

Expected Containment: 9/01/2013

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 Type 2
Helicopters: 2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)
1 Type 3 (Light)
Engines: 22
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 4
Total personnel: 544

Estimated Cost: $51.4 million

Local fire activity and fire prevention information online:
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Douglas Complex management returns to district Monday

Current situation:

Firefighters woke to rain on their tents today, which is good news for those who’ve been working since July 26 to contain the Douglas Complex. Precipitation will certainly speed up the mop up process – stump holes and other dug-in hot spots can be opened up so the rain can cool the embers – reducing the firefighters’ reliance on hoses.

But the rain will cause some problems. Land sloughing and rockfalls will likely occur, and crew supervisors will need to carefully scout their assigned areas and flag the hazards they find – or move their workers to a safer area.

Driving inside the burned area will also be tricky. Many of the dirt-and-rock backcountry roads will be turned into mud by the rain, and most of these roads will have to be avoided. Even the paved roads will need to be scouted, as rocks will invariably tumble off the steep hillsides as burned topsoil sloughs away in the rain. Bigger landslides are also possible, as are isolated flooding problems where debris may clog road culverts.

For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the BLM district office in Roseburg at 541-440-4930.

For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office at 541-471-6500.

Maps of the road closure areas are posted online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php

http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php

Tomorrow, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Complex at a Glance

Size: 48,679 acres

Fires in the Complex:

Rabbit Mountain Fire: 23,952 acres

Dad’s Creek Fire: 24,464 acres

Farmer Gulch Fire: 249 acres

Misc small fires: 14 acres

Cause: Lightning on July 26

Containment: 87%

Expected Containment: 9/01/2013

Crews and Equipment:

Crews: 9 Type 2

Helicopters: 2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)

1 Type 3 (Light)

Engines: 28

Dozers: 7

Water Tenders: 4

Total personnel: 648

Estimated Cost: $50.9 million

Local fire activity and fire prevention information online:
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net

Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 25, 2013

Current Acres in Complex:
· 12,070 acres –NO CHANGE from yesterday. (Blackburn 11,775 acres, Government Flats 22 acres, Well Road 66 acres)

Current Status:
The Blackburn fire is 35% contained and did not grow at all yesterday as crews the cooler temperatures and increased RH allowed crews to put in more direct line on the NW corner. The only level 3 evacuation notice remaining will be in the Ketchum Road area. All others were reduced back to a level 1 notice. The OSFM overhead and structural task forces demobed yesterday. A public meeting was held last night that had approximately 30 members of the public in attendance. As the fire slows down, so does the level of anxiety and concern in the community.

Fire Behavior:

The fire activity yesterday was light with no growth. The same is expected today. There is a 40% chance of light precipitation on the fire today.

Objectives:
· Locate and mop up spot fires within the unburned areas in the NW corner of the fire.
· Heavy mop up operations and line improvement in the NW corner of the fire
· Mop up the divisions on the east side of the fire and move excess resources to NW corner when available.
· Begin planning for glide down of resources and discussions on turn-back standards

· Build mop up / turn back standards with agency administrators and identify make up of transition team.

Issues:

· Weather: 78 degrees, 30 – 40% RH, winds WSW @ 8-12 MPH with gusts to 20 - 25 MPH.


· Four residences and nine outbuildings have burned to date on this fire


Resources Threatened Today:

· Homes along the north side of the fire - Ketchum Road

· Private timberland and BPA high voltage power lines

Expected Growth:

· None. The only change in acreage will come from more accurate mapping.

Comments:

· Safety Status: One serious accident yesterday morning when a structural firefighter fell off the top of a fire engine.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 24, 2013

August 24th, 2013 10:54 AM

NEW FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Eastern Oregon: The Ridge Fire was reported burning 6 miles north of Sumpter. The fire is 35 acres and is burning in subalpine timber. Resources: 2 engines, a bulldozer and a 20-person crew as well as LaGrande Hotshots are assigned to the fire which is being managed by a Type 3 Team.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The Government Flats Complex is burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon. The fire complex (Blackburn Fire 11,775; Government Flats Fire 22 acres; Well Road Fire 66 acres) is now 12,070 acres. The two smaller fires are now 100 % contained. Homes along the north side of the fire - Ketchum Road - as well as private timberland and BPA high voltage power lines are still threatened.

Blackburn Fire Update:
The past 24 hours of hard work by fire crews has resulted in significant progress towards containing and suppressing the Blackburn Fire. Despite gusty afternoon winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity allowed firefighters to directly attack the fire edges. With support from aircraft, hot spots continue to be cooled and a combination of hand and bulldozer lines is being built around the stubborn western end of the fire.

Mop-up and patrol continues on all other portions. The potential remains for the western end of the fire to exhibit extreme fire behavior and to grow towards the north and northeast. Therefore, there are no changes in the most recent evacuation levels for roads in the fire area.

Evacuations: Level III evacuation orders remain in effect for Ketchum Road and for Upper Mill Creek Road west of address 9595.

> PUBLIC MEETING: The public is invited to a community meeting August 24th at 6:30 pm, The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles.
Information on the status of the Government Flats Complex fires will be provided by incident management personnel and cooperators.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's structural protection resources are transitioning off the incident and returning home today. Their efforts have helped support the local Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue in defending homes and property on this incident. There have been 142 personnel from 46 fire districts and departments representing twelve Oregon counties on the Government Flats Complex.

Firefighter and public safety is the number one concern and continues to be emphasized. As fire activity is decreasing, risks still remain from fire damaged trees, rolling rocks and logs on steep slopes, rattlesnakes, poison oak, and heavy fire traffic. Incident supervisors are monitoring fire crew fatigue and are encouraging all to remain rested, alert, and assertive in promoting safe working conditions.

Recreationists (including bow hunters and bicyclists) are reminded that the Mt. Hood National Forest has implemented an area closure in proximity to the Blackburn Fire. Listings of the road, trail, campground, and general area closures may be found at the Forest web site: Mt Hood National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood) and at http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

For information regarding evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Services at 541-386-1213 during business hours.

The fire complex is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

> SPECIAL MESSAGE: Members of the joint incident command organization for the Government Flats fire have received numerous inquiries from the public on ways to help firefighters.
Here is a suggestion for anyone interested in supporting the firefighters on the Government Complex and firefighters through the West during this challenging summer--a summer that has already seen an immense and tragic loss of fellow firefighters.

The Government Flats joint IC team encourages donations on behalf of Government Flat Complex firefighters to the American Red Cross and/or to one or both of the non-profit organizations established to honor current and past wildland and structural firefighters.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation (http://www.wffoundation.org/) is focused on helping families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. The organization honors and acknowledges past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partners with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters. To donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation online, go to: https://www.wffoundation.org/Donation.asp

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (http://www.firehero.org/) to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. It's mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. To donate to the The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation online go to: http://www.firehero.org/donate/

The American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Red Cross disaster relief volunteers are working closely with Government Flat Complex fire officials to provide assistance to your neighbors who have been evacuated or have lost their homes. To donate to the American Red Cross online, go to: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

Cooperators working the incident include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com

More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/.


Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 86 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres.
Starting Monday evening, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Eighteen crews and 21 engines will remain to finish mopping up the perimeter of the fires. At night, engines will patrol the perimeter. Helicopters and additional fire suppression resources will be available from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit.

For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the BLM district office in Roseburg at 541-440-4930.
For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM's Grants Pass office at 541-471-6500.

There are 815 personnel still assigned to this fire.
More information on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/.

Big Windy Complex

The Big Windy Complex eight miles northwest of Galice is now 23,829 acres. The Big Windy Complex is now 35 percent contained.
The small amount of rain that fell on Thursday was enough to hamper burnout operations in most areas again yesterday. Crews took advantage of the quieter conditions to further strengthen and secure containment lines. A small amount of burnout was completed on the fire's west flank and burnout operations will resume in other areas as fuels continue to dry out. A reconnaissance flight was completed and helicopter water drops were used to check the fire's growth further into Howard Creek.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have moderated activity to allow a hot shot crew to be inserted into the bottom of Howard Creek to explore the option of building a fire line closer to fire's edge. If this works it could eliminate a dangerous burnout operation on some steep topography.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team from the southeastern United States will assume responsibility for management of the Big Windy Complex on Sunday. PNW Team 3 wishes to thank community members and cooperators for the outstanding support that was provided to the fire fighters and team members for the duration of the team's assignment.

A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west.
Closures:
* Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
* Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
* Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the
junction with Forest Road 33.
* Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.


The Double J Fire was reported Thursday burning in grass and timber in the Klamath Lake area. The fire, located approximately 15 miles SE of Klamath Falls, is 135 acres burning in grass and timber. The fire is now 100 percent bulldozer-lined and the crew is continuing with extended mop up. The fire is on BLM lands protected by ODF.


FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The Vinegar Fire is now 1,161 acres and 5 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 534 people assigned to work on the fire. Today, Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 takes command under the leadership of Incident Commander Brett Fillis.

More information is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3645/

The Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist around the perimeter of the Labrador Fire. All of the risk factors make it paramount that crews remain vigilant and ready to respond to any flare-ups that may occur on the fire, or new fire starts that may result from the predicted lightning.

An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.

The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 51 personnel are assigned to this fire.
For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

The 121-acre Strawberry Complex (USFS), located 13 miles south of Prairie City on the Malheur National Forest, is 50 percent contained. The complex consists of the High Lake and Pine Creek Mountain Fires and was lightning-caused.

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 90 percent contained, with 367 personnel assigned.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/.


OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

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

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

ODF maintains a blog, at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics.

The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


ABOUT THIS UPDATE

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF 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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts>

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Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 24, 2013

August 24, 2013, 11 AM
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/


The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has announced that effective noon today (August 24) the following changes in Government Flats Complex Evacuation Notifications will take effect:

* Residences on Ketchum Road and any associated side roads up to the junction with Vensel Road will be at Level II (Get Set).
* Residences on Upper Mill Creek Road west of 9595 will join all residences on Upper Mill Creek and Mill Creek Road above address 6500 in a Level I (Get ready) evacuation status.

All other Level I evacuation notices remain in effect until further notice.

When you hear the terms Level I, II, or III evacuation notice, remember "ready, set, go." Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get and set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately--GO NOW.

For information regarding evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Management at 541-386-1213 during business hours.


Invitation: The public is invited to a community meeting tonight, August 24th at 6:30 pm, The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles. Information on the status of the Government Flats Complex fires will be provided by incident management personnel and cooperators.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Four new fires in Douglas County make for a busy Friday

The Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) has had a busy Friday, suppressing four fires across the county.

This morning, DFPA located a lightning fire in the Cavitt Creek area, east of Glide. DFPA located a second lightning fire this afternoon from yesterday’s storm in the Thunder Mountain area, also east of Glide. Both fires were stopped at less than an acre in size. Firefighters remain on scene of the fires, improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots. DFPA continues to monitor the area where 16 lightning strikes hit on DFPA protected land from yesterday’s storm with ground resources, aviation resources, and their camera detection systems.

Around 12:30 this afternoon, DFPA and Tenmile Fire Department responded to a natural cover fire in the Tenmile area, on Horseshoe Lane. Firefighters arrived on scene of a grass fire threatening a home, a fifth-wheel trailer, and an outbuilding. The fire burned around three sides of the house, and up to the trailer and the outbuilding, but all three were saved. Investigators determined that the fire was started from an arching transformer on a power pole near the property. The fire burned about 1/2 acre.

DFPA responded to their fourth fire of the day a little after 1 p.m. Firefighters from DFPA and Azalea Rural Fire Department responded to a slash pile that had rekindled near Russel Creek, off of Upper Cow Creek Road. While the fire did not spread from the previously burned area, there was potential. The pile had reportedly been burned a considerable time ago. With two such rekindled debris pile fires in the past week, DFPA is asking residents to check any burn pile which has been burned earlier this year. If any heat or smoke is detected, immediately call DFPA or 911.

With more seasonable temperatures predicted for the area, DFPA is reminding residents that the fire danger is still extreme on the Douglas District, and that the Regulated Use Closure for the general public remains in effect. Hunters and recreationalists heading out to the woods are also reminded that many landowners have closed their land to motorized and foot traffic due to the extreme fire conditions. The Bureau of Land Management also has a closure in effect around the Douglas Complex Fires, as firefighters continue to work on the fire.

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