Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Thursday, August 1, 2013

Central Oregon - New fire starts follow lightning

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 1, 2013 9:15 a.m.
Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811 Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire
Email: coidcincidentinformation@gmail.com
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New Starts Following Lightning

Central Oregon – Lightning throughout yesterday afternoon through the evening in Central Oregon had crews chasing smoke reports and responding to incidents.

By this morning, 48 incidents had been responded to following the lightning. Several fires were responded to and put out following smoke reports; however, 17 fires continue to burn:

• 5 small fires on Little Round Top Mountain on the border of the Willamette National Forest and the Deschutes National Forest.
• 2 fires west of Cultus Mountain
• 1 fire NE of Odell Butte
• 1 fire one mile NE of the Junction of the Forest Roads 46 and 41
• 4 small fires north of Suttle Lake
• 2 fire 2 miles NE of Trout Creek Butte
• 1 fire on Green Ridge
• 1 fire 2 miles north of the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 23

Currently a fire on Green Ridge in the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest is causing Lower Bridge Campground to be evacuated for public safety. The fire is not threatening the campground; however, a helicopter making bucket drops on the fire needs to work in the area and people are being evacuated to allow the helicopter to work safely. A 20-person hand crew is also responding to the fire.

In one of the larger incidents, airtankers dropped retardant and engines and crews responded to a fire, approximately 5 miles northeast of Sisters, OR that was threatening structures in the Squaw Creek Canyon Estates on private, state-protected lands. By 6:30 p.m. the crews had put dozer line completely around the fire. Crews continue to staff the fire today to strengthen line around the fire.

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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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