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.






























Sunday, August 18, 2013

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 18, 2013

NEW FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

The Butler Hill Fire was reported on Saturday, August 17, and burned 32 acres in Polk County near Mile Posts 6-7 of Highway 22. By late last night, this fire was lined and the fire spread was stopped. Crews monitored the fire throughout the night and it is in full mop-up today. ODOT flag crews assisted with traffic control on Highway 22 during the height of the fire; there were no highway closures. Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS


Government Flat Complex
ODF Incident Management Team 3 (IC: Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal Team Green (IC: Ingrao) have been deployed and assumed command of this complex of three lightning-started fires burning approximately 7 miles southwest of The Dalles that were detected on August 16. The Blackburn Fire, located in The Dalles watershed, is the largest of the three, at 700 acres. The Government Flat Fire is at 168 acres, lined, with further risk of spread considered to be low. The Wells Fire remains contained at 66 acres and will continue to be patrolled.

Governor Kitzhaber issued a Conflagration Act proclamation Saturday evening. State Fire Marshal's Office Green Team will be coordinating with Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and resources from 24 other assisting Oregon fire departments on structural fire protection associated with these three wildfires. Today they will inventory and assess the threat to structures near the fires.

More information on this fire will be available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/.

The lightning-caused Geneva 14 Fire, 15 miles northeast of Sisters, is contained at 154 acres. The fire burned in open pine, juniper, sage, and bitterbrush, with rough roads, long travel distances, and very limited water contributing to difficulties in initial/extended attack in the location of this fire. A local Type 3 team of central Oregon fire management agencies (including national forests and grasslands, ODF, and Lake Chinook RFD) was in charge of this fire, with the goal of minimizing acres burned and the efficient use of resources, and are wrapping up their work today with the plan to turn control of this fire back over to the local unit on Monday morning. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 75 percent contained and has burned 48,395 acres to date. There are 1,622 personnel assigned to this complex which is located on a mix of BLM and private forestlands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. ODF Incident Management Team #2 (IC: Dennis Sifford) will be transferring command to ODF Incident Management Team #1 (IC Tom Savage) on Monday, August 19. More information on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/.

Big Windy Complex
The Big Windy Complex, eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 18,570 acres and 20 percent contained. There are 1,045 personnel assigned to the fire. A community meeting will be held at the Galice Community Hall, located at 10821 Galice Road, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Members of Pacific Northwest Team 3 will provide an overview of the fire and discuss planned actions. Local agency representatives will also be present. The public is invited to attend. More information on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The House Creek Fire is burning 30 miles west of the Burns Junction within the Burns District of BLM. It is currently 2,590 acres and zero percent contained.

The 168-acre Strawberry Complex, located 13 miles south of Prairie City on the Malheur National Forest, is 25 percent contained.

The Vinegar Fire is now 859 acres and zero percent contained. The fire is located in a remote area in the southern portion of the Umatilla National Forest. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is assigned to this fire. More information on this fire on Inciweb at:

The Labrador Fire on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest is holding at 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported.

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,712 acres and 65 percent contained. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/.


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.

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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Protection jurisdiction

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.



Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.