Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Browns Creek Fire update



FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 28, 2013  5:15 p.m.


Browns Creek Fire
Central Oregon – A fire, which started at approximately 1 p.m., near Browns Creek on Wickiup Reservoir kept firefighters busy through the afternoon growing from 2 acres to approximately 40 acres by 5 p.m.

Campers at Sheep Bridge campground, areas adjacent to Forest Road 4280 (Forest spur roads 100 and 700), Gull Point Campground and South Twin Lake were evacuated throughout the afternoon with North Twin Lake area being put on notice for evacuation.  Forest Road 42, off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, was closed at approximately 3 p.m. for fire traffic and safety concerns.

Resources on the fire included 3 helicopters, 9 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, a 20 person hand crew, Redmond hotshots,  and both Deschutes County and Forest Service law enforcement personnel

More resources will continue to be assigned to the fire, including handcrews coming off of other local fire assignments.  A Type 3 team is expected to take over the fire early tomorrow morning.

Crews also assisted Jefferson County on a fire around 2 p.m. near Madras that threatened structures.  The fire was contained; however, one structure was burned.

Conditions remain hot and dry around Central Oregon.  Fire officials remind the public to be careful with their campfires.  Always watch or attend your campfire, and completely extinguish it upon leaving.

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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