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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Douglas Complex update - Aug. 21, 2013 morning

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
August 21, 2013, 10 a.m.
Contact: 541-832-0136 or 541-832-0137

Current Situation:
Night shift crews used infrared detectors to identify hot spots that were then flagged for the day crews to extinguish. Mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation continued around the 127-mile perimeter of both fires. A helicopter with mapping capabilities will fly “low and slow” over the fires today.

Full suppression of the Douglas Complex fires continues, even though some suppression resources may be released for assignment to wildfires elsewhere in the West.

Gusty 20 m.p.h. winds for the past two days tested fire lines in the southwest portion of the Dad’s Creek Fire, but no spot fires outside the fire perimeter were reported. Crews continue to patrol and hold while extinguishing remaining hot spots.

The Rabbit Mountain and the Dad’s Creek fires are active fire areas and closed to the public due to firefighting traffic and dangerous debris rolling onto the roads. The BireLM has posted signs and maps at road blocks. For more detailed information about the closure contact the BLM Districts in Roseburg at 541-440-4930 or Grants Pass at 541-471-6500. For website information and maps:

All evacuation levels have been lifted.

To date, one cabin and two outbuildings were burned. Twelve minor injuries and two minor vehicle accidents have been reported.

Fire at a Glance

Size: 48,679 acres

Fires in the Complex:
Rabbit Fire: 23,952 acres
Dad’s Creek Fire: 24,428 acres
Farmer Gulch Fire: 249 acres
Misc small fires: 50 acres

Cause: Lightning on July 26

Containment: 79%

Expected Containment: 9-1-13

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 25 Type 2
Helicopters: 1 Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)
3 Type 3 (Light)
Fire engines: 45
Bulldozers: 12
Water Tenders: 13
Total personnel: 1,243

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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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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. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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