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, August 4, 2013

Brimstone Fire update - Aug. 4, 2013 morning

Brimstone Fire update - Aug. 4, 2013 morning

 Current Acres: 2,298 acres
Current Status:
Fire officials were pleased with progress made during Saturday’s day and night shift.  Crews were able to re-enforce lines and are getting closer to meeting the mop up standards for the fire. The NW corner of the fire has been difficult to control due to the limited access and very steep terrain but crews have made good progress.  Snagging of this portion of the line is only being conducted where it is safe to do so and crews will continue to put most of their effort into this section of the fire.  Starting with tonight’s shift many of the crews will be demobed to other incidents.  

Fire Behavior:
There was very little fire activity yesterday as the crews have done an excellent job of putting out any spots and mopping up.     
Today crews will strengthen control lines and continue mop up efforts.  The fire is currently at 60% containment.  

The NW corner of the fire that was burned out in previous shifts contains large areas of burned, unstable snags in extremely steep terrain.  Felling and mop up work in this area has been slow and crews are only working where it is safe to do so.   The fire team is preparing to hand the fire over to a transition team this Tuesday. 

No evacuation orders have been announced/issued but a few road closures are still in effect:
  • Hog Creek Road is closed at Merlin-Galice Road;
  • Quartz Creek Road is closed at Hugo Road;
  • Angora Creek Road is inaccessible due to Grave Creek Road closure


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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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