Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land ended in most of Oregon last week as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settled over much of the state.





























Sunday, July 28, 2013

DOUGLAS COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE - 8 A.M., JULY 28, 2013


Special Message: Residents west of Glendale were evacuated late yesterday afternoon. Douglas County Sheriff's Office evacuated all homes west of McCullough Creek Road to Reuben. Residents east of McCullough Creek Road to the mill west of Glendale are being asked to prepare for potential evacuation. This means residents are warned that should conditions worsen, they also will be asked to evacuate. Seventy-five total homes have been affected.

Residents that have been evacuated can go to the American Red Cross Shelter that has been established at the Glendale Elementary School. You can contact Red Cross by calling 541-580-4568 or visiting the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/nss.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Office has an incident management team at the fire that is operating jointly with ODF personnel to assist with the fire threat to 45 structures. In addition to the team, four structure protection task forces have arrived and will be spread out amongst the threatened structures that were evacuated yesterday. Those task forces are comprised of personnel and resources from Lane, Linn, Marion, and Lincoln counties. Additional forces are available and will be ordered if needed.

Current Situation: The Douglas Complex has been divided up into three branches - Milo, on the east side of Interstate 5; Rabbit Mountain/Union Creek, on the west side of Interstate 5, northwest of Glendale, and Dad's Creek/Panther Butte, west of Glendale. Fire has been burning actively, yesterday and overnight, in both branches west of the interstate. All fires have been staffed, with private industrial landowners and ten aircraft assisting firefighters in suppression.

Milo

Milo Branch is a group of smaller fires, all less than 20 acres in size. They have been lined and firefighters will begin mopping up hot areas of each fire. Minimal fire activity is expected today for this branch.

Rabbit Mountain/Union Creek

This branch is expected to burn actively again today. The two main fires have grown together and have crossed Cow Creek Road on the south end. Firefighters will work towards building fire line on the east and north sides of the fire today.


Dad's Creek/Panther Butte

This branch burned actively yesterday to the south, crossing the District boundary between Douglas Forest Protective Association and Oregon Department of Forestry - Southwest Oregon District. The activity on this branch precipitated the evacuation of homes in the Reuben area and homes along McCullough Creek Road. The fire grew approximately 3000 acres yesterday afternoon. Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office has invoked the Conflagration Act and structural firefighting resources have been brought in from across Oregon to assist in protecting homes in this area.

Weather: Gusty winds and low relative humidity will impact firefighting efforts today until approximately 8:00 p.m. Temperatures will be several degrees lower than yesterday, ranging from 75 degrees to 85 degrees. Winds will come from the north at 10 mph, with gusts to 15 mph.

Evacuations and Closures: Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed. The public is asked to honor the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area. Residents that have been evacuated can contact the Red Cross Shelter at Glendale Elementary School.

Fire Information Meetings: A community meeting will be planned for Monday night at the Glendale Elementary School Gym at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2013.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
Percent Contained: 2%
Complex Size: 7,500 acres (better mapping reduced the acreage previously reported)
Cause: Lightning

Start Date: 7/26/13
Total Personnel: 751

Resources Include: 33 Type 2 hand crews, 10 engines, 2 dozers, 4 water tenders, and overhead personnel

Air Resources: 3 Type 1 helicopters, 5 Type 2 helicopters, and 2 Type 3 helicopters

Places to get information:

Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net

Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

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

ODF PIO Blog - http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. Contact Info:
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Green Team - John Ingrao, Incident Commander

Phone Number: 541-832-0136

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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