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





Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Fire Update - Aug. 13, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

GC [Grant County] Complex
The GC Complex stands at 12,161 acres and 90 percent contained. It is comprised of the Grouse Mountain and Starvation fires. Both fires are in mop-up, suppression rehabilitation and patrol status and the fire perimeter has been stable.

Douglas Complex
The lightning-caused Douglas Complex fires have burned 45,483 acres to date and is now 50 percent contained. The complex is approximately seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. ODF Incident Management Team #2 (IC: Dennis Sifford) is managing the fire.

Big Windy Complex
The 15,358-acre, lightning-caused Big Windy Complex is burning approximately 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass, 8 miles northwest of Galice, on BLM forestlands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District, and is 15 percent contained.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association located one new fire on Monday that was started from last weekend’s lightning storm, bringing the total number of new lightning fires up to 25. All known lightning related fires have control lines around them, have been mopped up, and are currently in patrol status. Sizes of these fires ranged from a single burning tree, to 1 acre of ground fire.


FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

Willamette National Forest (Springfield, OR): Firefighters continue to respond to new fires sparked by lightning in the Willamette National Forest.

Detroit Ranger District – 12 fires located in the Boulder Ridge, Whitewater Creek, and Marion Forks areas. 2 of the fires are located near the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.

Sweet Home Ranger District – 2 fires located south of the Middle Santiam Wilderness.

McKenzie River Ranger District – 5 fires located in the Three Sisters Wilderness and 1 fire in the Mount Washington Wilderness; this fire is being monitored due to the unlikely potential for it to spread and to minimize firefighter exposure.

Middle Fork Ranger District - 15 fires located throughout the District. 1 fire located on a ridge south of Oakridge may produce smoke that is visible from town.

Assistance provided by the Bureau of Land Management and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, as well as continued support from ODF in responding to fires near private lands on the Sweet Home and Middle Fork Ranger Districts has been greatly appreciated.

The Green Ridge Fire near Camp Sherman is now 95% contained and remains at 1,510 acres.

The Labrador Fire on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest is holding at 2,020 acres. Containment numbers were not available.

The Whiskey Complex, burning six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 11,260 acres and 50 percent contained, with an estimated full containment date of August 20th.

Cedar Mountain OR-VAD-0140. IMT3 (Dentinger). 26 mi N of Rome, OR. Start 8/8/2013. Full Suppression. Grass. Cause lightning. 23,936 acres (+5,936). 70% containment. Moderate fire behavior.


OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on other ongoing wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://www.inciweb.org/state/38.

ODF maintains a blog, at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, that includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics. The Southwest Oregon District maintains a blog, at http://www.swofire.com/ with wildfire information specific to the region, as well as a Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/swofire.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2013, through today:*
Lightning-caused fires: 210 fires burned 60,400 acres
Human-caused fires: 483 fires burned 2,555 acres
Total: 693 fires burned 62,955 acres

10-year average (Jan. 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 186 fires burned 7,696 acres
Human-caused fires: 410 fires burned 1,934 acres
Total: 596 fires burned 9,630 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies.

ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Because fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.


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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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