Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx




Monday, August 26, 2013

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
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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%.

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