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





Friday, August 23, 2013

Douglas Complex update - Aug. 23, 2013 morning

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
August 23, 2013, 7:30 a.m.
Contact: 541-832-0136

Current Situation:
As the fires within the Douglas Complex get closer to being contained, crews that have completed their assignment are being sent home to rest up. Today, 958 firefighters will continue mopping up the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires.

One task of the crews on the fireline is to find trees that are unsafe to work near, and cut them down. Teams of fallers hike to wherever firefighters find these hazardous trees, and tackle the tricky task of putting the partially burned trees on the ground.

Felling badly burned trees is not simple. The trees may be burned two-thirds of the way through at the base, halfway up the stem, or near the top. Or all three. Usually, the hazard trees are teetering like they’re about to fall, but stubbornly refuse to. Firefighters cannot work near trees that may crack and fall at any second.

But once the hazardous trees have been put on the ground, firefighters can safely resume their work, mopping up the hot spots inside the fireline.

Road closures
For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the BLM district office in Roseburg at 541-440-4930.

For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office at 541-471-6500.

Maps of the road closure areas are posted online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php.

Complex at a Glance

Size: 48,679 acres

Fires in the Complex:
Rabbit Mountain Fire: 23,952 acres
Dad’s Creek Fire: 24,464 acres
Farmer Gulch Fire: 249 acres
Misc small fires: 14 acres

Cause: Lightning on July 26

Containment: 85%

Expected Containment: 9/01/2013

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 19 Type 2
Helicopters: Two Type 2 (Medium Lift)
Two Type 3 (Light)
Fire engines: 32
Bulldozers: 9
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 958

Estimated Cost: $49.8 million

Local fire activity and fire prevention information online:
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/

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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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