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 25, 2013

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 25, 2013

Current Acres in Complex:
· 12,070 acres –NO CHANGE from yesterday. (Blackburn 11,775 acres, Government Flats 22 acres, Well Road 66 acres)

Current Status:
The Blackburn fire is 35% contained and did not grow at all yesterday as crews the cooler temperatures and increased RH allowed crews to put in more direct line on the NW corner. The only level 3 evacuation notice remaining will be in the Ketchum Road area. All others were reduced back to a level 1 notice. The OSFM overhead and structural task forces demobed yesterday. A public meeting was held last night that had approximately 30 members of the public in attendance. As the fire slows down, so does the level of anxiety and concern in the community.

Fire Behavior:

The fire activity yesterday was light with no growth. The same is expected today. There is a 40% chance of light precipitation on the fire today.

· Locate and mop up spot fires within the unburned areas in the NW corner of the fire.
· Heavy mop up operations and line improvement in the NW corner of the fire
· Mop up the divisions on the east side of the fire and move excess resources to NW corner when available.
· Begin planning for glide down of resources and discussions on turn-back standards

· Build mop up / turn back standards with agency administrators and identify make up of transition team.


· Weather: 78 degrees, 30 – 40% RH, winds WSW @ 8-12 MPH with gusts to 20 - 25 MPH.

· Four residences and nine outbuildings have burned to date on this fire

Resources Threatened Today:

· Homes along the north side of the fire - Ketchum Road

· Private timberland and BPA high voltage power lines

Expected Growth:

· None. The only change in acreage will come from more accurate mapping.


· Safety Status: One serious accident yesterday morning when a structural firefighter fell off the top of a fire engine.

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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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