Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Saturday, August 3, 2013

Brimstone Fire update - Aug. 3, 2013 morning

BRIMSTONE FIRE UPDATE - AUG. 3, 2013 MORNING

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Chris Cline, Incident Commander


Brimstone Fire
Daily Morning Information Update
For August 3, 2013

Daily Update Fire At A Glance

Merlin-The Brimstone Fire is now 40 percent contained after fire crews made considerable progress over the last 24 hours.

The fire is estimated at just under 2,300 acres, a growth of about 100 acres primarily from back burning operations to reduce forest fuels near established containment lines.

While mop up activities continue throughout much of the fire, crews and aviation resources have been concentrating on the northwest corner of the fire, which has proved to be the most challenging area of the fire.

Weather forecasts are calling for 90 degree temperatures and humidity near 20 percent today, which is expected to increase fire behavior.

Approximately 700 wildland fire fighting personnel are now assigned to the fire under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators include the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County Emergency Services, Josephine County Forestry, Josephine County Sheriff's Department, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, City of Grants Pass, and the National Weather Service.



Size: 2,298 acres

Location: 6 miles NW of Merlin

Containment: 40%

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 706

Estimated Cost: $5.94 million

Closures/Restrictions: Hog Creek Road is closed at Merlin-Galice Road; Quartz Creek Road is closed at Hugo Road. Evacuation information is available through the EOC.

For More Information: Brimstone Fire Information, 541-479-3842; Josephine County Emergency Operations (EOC), 541-474-5305; www.swofire.com; www.inciweb.nwcg.gov
Contact Info:
Brimstone Fire Information, 541-479-3842

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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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state- and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.



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