Firefighting costs to date

FIRE COST ESTIMATE

ODF incurred $122 million in emergency firefighting costs during the 2013 wildfire season. Reimbursements from federal agencies are expected to reduce the costs to a net $71 million. This still makes 2013 the most costly season on record for the agency.


Friday, August 30, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 30, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 147 acres - an updated acreage amount that reflects the most recent mapping and reporting from earlier this week that had not yet been reported in these updates, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires remaining 100 percent contained and the total complex 90 percent contained. There are currently 229 personnel assigned to this incident, and yesterday's transition was completed as ODF Incident Management Team 3 (IC Chris Cline) demobilized from the complex and a local ODF Central Oregon District - The Dalles Unit fire management team (IC Adam Barnes) assumed command.
New Information Contact: David Morman, ODF Central Oregon District Information Officer, 503-302-7088
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,208 acres and 67 percent contained. There are currently 793 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team out of the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) on Monday, August 26, 2013, and 350 firefighters are continuing mop-up operations and rehabilitation projects on both the Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek fires. With Labor Day week-end coming up, fire officials are reminding the public that road closures around the Douglas Complex remain in effect, for the safety of firefighters who are continuing to work in the area, as well as the safety of the general public. Information/maps on these closures can be accessed from the BLM websites for the Roseburg District (for roads in Douglas County) and the Medford District (for roads in Josephine County) as follows:
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php ; PH: 541-440-4930
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php ; PH: 541-471-6500

New Information Contact: Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist, 541-672-6507 X 136
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,291 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 115 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-caused Middle Fork Fire is burning on BLM lands in grass, sage, and juniper, in inaccessible river canyon and steep, rocky terrain, 37 miles south of Jordan Valley. There are currently 79 people assigned to this fire, which started on Thursday, August 29, 2013, and is currently at 523 acres and 15 percent contained.

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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Douglas Complex update - Aug. 30, 2013

Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity readings have helped fire crews continue to make good progress in the final stages of the Douglas Complex Fires. Some 350 firefighters remain to continue mop-up operations, and to work on rehab projects on both the Rabbit Mountain Fire and the Dad’s Creek Fire. Fire officials are still using handheld infrared cameras to check for hotspots around the fire perimeter, but few are being detected. With the fire perimeter looking better each day, firefighters are pushing farther into the black, extinguishing visible smokes.

With Labor Day Weekend coming up, fire officials are reminding the public that the road closures around the Douglas Complex remain in effect. These closures are in effect for the safety of firefighters and the general public while firefighters continue to work in the area. For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the Bureau of Land Management district office in Roseburg, 541-440-4930. For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office, 541-471-6500.
Maps of the road closure areas are posted online, www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php,
www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/newsroom/index.php

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 29, 2013

FIRES BURNING ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex 85 percent contained. There are currently 552 personnel assigned to this incident this morning, although ODF Incident Management Team 3 is transitioning management of the complex to a local ODF Central Oregon District – The Dalles Unit fire management team, who is assuming command of this complex today.
New Information Contact: David Morman, ODF Central Oregon District Information Officer, 503-302-7088
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,137 acres and 55 percent contained. There are currently 822 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team out of the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Monday, August 26, 2013.
New Information Contact: Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist, 541-672-6507 X 136
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire. Unless the fire situation changes, there will be no further reports on this fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The 3,314-acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM), burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper, is now 100 percent contained. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last report on this fire.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 80 percent contained.

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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 28, 2013 morning

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

Blackburn Fire Update:
Note: This will be the final update for the Government Flats Complex from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 (IC Cline). The team has transferred command to a Type III organization (IC Adam Barnes). Information regarding the complex can be obtained by logging onto inciweb.org or calling (503) 302-7088.

Information regarding recreation on the Mount Hood National Forest and area closures can be obtained by logging onto www.fs.usda.gov/mthood or by calling either the Barlow Ranger District at (541) 467-2291 or the Hood River Ranger District at (541) 352-6002.

The Blackburn Fire has consumed 11,221 acres and is now 85 percent contained. Crews will continue to secure established containment lines and mop up the fire’s edges. While rain is in the forecast for today, the weekend will bring significant changes in fire conditions. Meteorologists are calling for warmer and drier weather with unstable air conditions that tend to promote active fire behavior. Crews will take advantage of cooler conditions over the next two days to gain the upper hand. Rain is expected to return Monday.

There is currently an area closure on some roads, trails and facilities within the Mt Hood National Forest in the vicinity of the fire. Listings of the road, trail and campground area closures may be found at these web sites: Mt Hood National Forest Area Closure or http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

Government Flat Complex at a glance:
Total Complex Acreage: 11,434 Blackburn Fire Acreage: 11,221
Complex Containment: 85 Percent Total Personnel Assigned: 552
Structures Lost to the Fire: 4 homes/9 outbuildings Structure currently threatened: 0
Cost of the Incident to Date: $ 12.9 million
Resources: 17 crews/15 engines/ 8 dozers/ 11 water tenders/ 12 helicopters
Ownerships involved: Private, U.S. Forest Service, City of The Dalles, and Bureau of Land Management

Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, Hood River County Division of Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 28, 2013 morning

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

Blackburn Fire Update:
The Government Flats Fire Complex has not grown in size for the last few days.

Today, crews will continue seeking and extinguishing burning or smoldering hot spots found in downed logs and vegetation, primarily on the west and northwest edges of the fire. Their work is similar to putting out a huge camp fire – drown and stir until the last ember is out. The work is done in a methodical manner by gridding an area, then re-gridding the area from a different direction until no smoke or other indications of hot embers are found. It is then rechecked the next day until it is out. Because this fire is so large, crews start at the outer boundaries and work their way in 200 to 300 feet.

Four 2-person crews are working each night using infra-red detection devises for locating hot areas. These areas are then marked with flagging for the firefighters on day shift to extinguish.

Firefighting crews and resources continue to be released from the Government Flats Fire Complex and will be available after a rest period for reassignment to other fires.

The public is reminded that fire equipment traffic will be heavy in areas near to the fire. Please use caution if driving in these areas. Some roads into the fire area are closed to non-fire traffic.

There is currently an area closure on some roads, trails and facilities within the Mt Hood National Forest in the vicinity of the fire. Listings of the road, trail and campground area closures may be found at these web sites: Mt Hood National Forest Area Closure or http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

Government Flat Complex at a glance:
Reduction in the fire acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Total Complex Acreage: 11,434 Blackburn Fire Acreage: 11,221
Complex Containment: 75 Percent Total Personnel Assigned: 627
Structures Lost to the Fire: 4 homes/9 outbuildings Structure currently threatened: 0
Cost of the Incident to Date: $ 12 million
Resources: 20 crews/21 engines/ 8 dozers/ 10 water tenders/ 7 helicopters
Ownerships involved: Private, U.S. Forest Service, City of The Dalles, and Bureau of Land Management
Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, Hood River County Division of Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

ODF fire update - Aug. 28, 2013

NEW FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger have been reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, reamins at 11,434 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex 75 percent contained. There are currently 627personnel assigned to this incident.
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,137 acres and 45 percent contained. There are currently 1065 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire. Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained. This fire was turned over to a local fire management team on Sunday, August 25th, who are continuing to manage this inicdent. Unless the situation changes, there will be no further updates on this fire.
Information: 541-839-3099
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/
Blog: http://WhiskeyComplex.wordpress.com

The 3,314 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) is burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper and is now 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 80 percent contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 27, 2013

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The lightning-started Government Flats Complex, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, is 11,516 acres (Blackburn Fire, 11,221 acres, Government Flats Fire, 229 acres, and Wells Road Fire, 66 acres), with the two smaller fires 100 percent contained and the total complex at 55 percent contained. There are currently 789 personnel assigned to this incident. All evacuation levels have been lifted and the Mt. Hood National Forest Closure Order has been reduced.
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,125 acres and 40 percent contained. There are currently 1065 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
Douglas Forest Protective Association: www.dfpa.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The lightning-started Vinegar Fire, burning 6.5 miles southwest of Granite in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, is 1,220 acres and 45 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire.
Road and areas closures remain in effect.
Information: 541-755-9003.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/.

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained.
Information: 541-839-3099
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/

The 2,221 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) is burning 23 miles east of Crane in grass, brush, and juniper and is now 90 percent contained.

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres and now 75 percent contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

FIRE STATISTICS
Lightning-caused: 378 fires burned 91,468 acres
Human-caused: 541 fires burned 2,778 acres
Total: 919 fires burned 94,246 acres

10-year average
Lightning-caused: 230 fires burned 8,939 acres
Human-caused: 484 fires burned 3,000 acres
Total: 713 fires burned 11,939 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.

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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS

Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 27, 2013 morning

Current Acres in Complex:
11,309 acres –No change - (Blackburn 11,221 acres, Government Flats 229 acres, Well Road 66 acres). Acreage is expected to go down on the smaller Government Flats fire as it is more accurately mapped later today.

Current Status:
The Blackburn fire is 55% contained and once again did not grow in size yesterday due to the more favorable conditions including more precipitation. All evacuation notices have been rescinded as of 1900 yesterday evening. Team 3 will transition the fire to a Type 3 team this coming Thursday.

Fire Behavior:
The fire activity yesterday was light with no growth. The same is expected today.

Objectives:
• 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 at least 50’ in on all divisions on the north, south and west side of the fire.
• Mop up 300’ in on divisions on the east side of the fire (DIVS B/C) and move excess resources to NW corner when available.

Weather:
• 80 degrees, 30- 40% RH, winds SW @ 5-10 MPH with gusts to 15 MPH.

Resource Needs:
• None

Resources Threatened Today:
• None

Expected Growth:
• None. The only change in acreage will come from more accurate mapping.

Monday, August 26, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 26, 2013

No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center in the past 24 hours.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The Government Flats Complex burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon, is 11,309 acres (Blackburn 11,221 acres, Government Flats 229 acres, Well Road 66 acres), with the two smaller fires now 100% contained and the Blackburn Fire now 45% contained.

Crews took advantage of the past couple days of cool and wet weather, putting control lines against the black (burned area), mopping-up (making sure the area is cold out) and removing hazardous snags. As the operation section chief stated, "It is a good day to make hay and accomplish our objective of taking care of this fire." As portions of the fire are progressively meeting the desired objectives, personnel are being shifted to other areas of the fire, being demobilized and sent home or to another fire. There should be a noticeable downsizing of the "tent city" at the Wahtonka High School.

Fire personnel found yesterday that not all tents, even with rain flies or plastic coverings, are the same. Logistics personnel scrambled to assist firefighters with wet inner tents and bedding, by providing dry sleeping bags and arranging their sleeping in the school's gym. The gym floor may be harder, but it is dry and warm. The American Red Cross also made blankets available for use, if needed.

Roads within the fire area remain closed to non-residential traffic throughout the day. It is anticipated that all evacuation levels will be lifted this evening. Residents are encouraged to be very cautious when driving due to the high level of suppression vehicles and heavy equipment using the roads in the area.

The public (including bow hunters and bicyclists) is reminded that the Mt. Hood National Forest has implemented an area closure in proximity to the Blackburn Fire. Listings of the road, trail, campground, and general area closures may be found at the Forest web site: Mt Hood National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood) and at http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

Resources: 35 crews/36 engines/12 dozers/15 water tenders/8 helicopters

Cooperators include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, Hood River County Division of Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police. evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Services at 541-386-1213 during business hours.

The fire complex is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com
Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/.

Big Windy Complex
The Big Windy Complex eight miles northwest of Galice is now 24,125 acres and 37 percent contained.
Firefighters will take advantage of the unseasonably cool and moist conditions to explore options of working closer to the fire's edge to contain the fire. This will still require some burnout operations which could occur when fuels are drier later in the week.
Over the next few days, firefighters will prepare these new containment lines by falling snags, brushing roads, and connecting existing firebreaks.

Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west. Residents should be prepared to leave if asked.

A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west where hazards from the approaching fire may be severe. Structure protection firefighters are on standby in Galice in case they should be needed.
Closures:
• Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
• Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
• Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the junction with Forest Road 33.
• Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
For more information: 541-476-1252


Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 89 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres.

The Douglas Complex is being turned over to a smaller incident management organization today. Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 transfers command at 6:00 p.m. to a Type 3 team comprised of local crews.

Fire camp is moving to Cuff Field, off Junction Rd in Glendale. The incident command post at Glendale High School will be closed after breakfast on Tuesday morning. The helicopter base is moving to the airport in Myrtle Creek.
Objectives on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek fires today are to continue mop-up and rehabilitation projects. Excess equipment - pumps, hoses and Fol-Da-Tanks - is being pulled from the fireline and returned to camp.

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.
More information on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/.


FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS
The Vinegar Fire is now 1,220 acres and 20 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire.
Road and areas closures remain in effect. The communities of Greenhorn and Alamo remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 755-9003.
More information also available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3645/


The Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 29 personnel are assigned to this fire.

An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.

For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

The 2,200 acre lightning-caused Olympus Fire (BLM) burning 23 miles east of Crane, OR. in grass, brush, and juniper is 40 percent contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused Sagehen Gulch Fire (USFS) burning in grass, brush and timber 26 miles southeast of Prairie City is 290 acres 50% contained.
For more information: http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.aspx

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained.
More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Lightning-caused: 363 fires burned 91,430 acres
Human-caused: 536 fires burned 2,777 acres
Total: 899 fires burned 94,207 acres

10-yr avg
Lightning-caused: 229 fires burned 8,939 acres
Human-caused: 478 fires burned 2,839 acres
Total: 707 fires burned 11,778 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.

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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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Abandoned campfires a persistent problem in central Oregon

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811
Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire
Email: coidcincidentinformation@gmail.com
Follow us on our Twitter account: CentralOrFire

Central Oregon Fire Update

COIDC received smoke reports from Sunday’s storms up into the evening, but none were called in last night. New reports are expected to pick up again with daylight and as conditions dry out. Firefighters will work these reports until necessary suppression action has been taken.

Fire Danger remains HIGH. Nationally we are at Preparedness Level 5, meaning there is a high demand for firefighter resources due to active fires throughout the West. Please follow all campfire restrictions and county or city burning regulations.

Crews continue to respond to abandoned campfires outside hosted and developed campgrounds. Please remember that Public Use Restrictions continue on all open fires, including charcoal fires on the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Crooked River National Grasslands. Campfires are prohibited except in hosted and developed campgrounds. A list is available on either of these two web sites www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/ or www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/index.php. These restrictions do not apply to affected Wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.

For public and firefighter safety the Area Forest Closure is still in effect within the Green Ridge fire boundary, and roads within the fire perimeter remain closed to public travel. For details and updates please visit the Deschutes National Forest web site www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices

The National Weather Service has lifted the Red Flag warnings for the Central Oregon area today. Winds will be generally from the south shifting to southwest tonight. Skies will be partly cloudy with the possibility of occasional and widely scattered mountain showers. Highs will be in the mid 70’s to low 80’s, and the low humidity may range from 25% to 35%.

Douglas Complex: ODF Team 1 hands off mgmt to district at 6 p.m.

Douglas Complex Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

August 26, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Information: (541) 672-0379 or (541) 672-6507

Current situation:
The Douglas Complex is being turned over to a smaller incident management organization today. Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 transfers command at 6:00 p.m. to a Type 3 team comprised of local crews.

Fire camp is moving to Cuff Field, off Junction Rd in Glendale. The incident command post at Glendale High School will be closed after breakfast on Tuesday morning. The helicopter base is moving to the airport in Myrtle Creek.

Objectives on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires today are to continue mop-up and rehabilitation projects. Excess equipment – pumps, hoses and Fol-Da-Tanks – is being pulled from the fireline and returned to camp.

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

This is the last Douglas Complex update from ODF Incident Management Team 1. Information will continue to be provided on an as-needed basis by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

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: 89%

Expected Containment: 9/01/2013

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 Type 2
Helicopters: 2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)
1 Type 3 (Light)
Engines: 22
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 4
Total personnel: 544

Estimated Cost: $51.4 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/

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Douglas Complex management returns to district Monday

Current situation:

Firefighters woke to rain on their tents today, which is good news for those who’ve been working since July 26 to contain the Douglas Complex. Precipitation will certainly speed up the mop up process – stump holes and other dug-in hot spots can be opened up so the rain can cool the embers – reducing the firefighters’ reliance on hoses.

But the rain will cause some problems. Land sloughing and rockfalls will likely occur, and crew supervisors will need to carefully scout their assigned areas and flag the hazards they find – or move their workers to a safer area.

Driving inside the burned area will also be tricky. Many of the dirt-and-rock backcountry roads will be turned into mud by the rain, and most of these roads will have to be avoided. Even the paved roads will need to be scouted, as rocks will invariably tumble off the steep hillsides as burned topsoil sloughs away in the rain. Bigger landslides are also possible, as are isolated flooding problems where debris may clog road culverts.

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

Tomorrow, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

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: 87%

Expected Containment: 9/01/2013

Crews and Equipment:

Crews: 9 Type 2

Helicopters: 2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)

1 Type 3 (Light)

Engines: 28

Dozers: 7

Water Tenders: 4

Total personnel: 648

Estimated Cost: $50.9 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/

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.

Objectives:
· 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.

Issues:

· 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.

Comments:

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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

ODF fire update - Aug. 24, 2013

August 24th, 2013 10:54 AM

NEW FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Eastern Oregon: The Ridge Fire was reported burning 6 miles north of Sumpter. The fire is 35 acres and is burning in subalpine timber. Resources: 2 engines, a bulldozer and a 20-person crew as well as LaGrande Hotshots are assigned to the fire which is being managed by a Type 3 Team.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
The Government Flats Complex is burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon. The fire complex (Blackburn Fire 11,775; Government Flats Fire 22 acres; Well Road Fire 66 acres) is now 12,070 acres. The two smaller fires are now 100 % contained. Homes along the north side of the fire - Ketchum Road - as well as private timberland and BPA high voltage power lines are still threatened.

Blackburn Fire Update:
The past 24 hours of hard work by fire crews has resulted in significant progress towards containing and suppressing the Blackburn Fire. Despite gusty afternoon winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity allowed firefighters to directly attack the fire edges. With support from aircraft, hot spots continue to be cooled and a combination of hand and bulldozer lines is being built around the stubborn western end of the fire.

Mop-up and patrol continues on all other portions. The potential remains for the western end of the fire to exhibit extreme fire behavior and to grow towards the north and northeast. Therefore, there are no changes in the most recent evacuation levels for roads in the fire area.

Evacuations: Level III evacuation orders remain in effect for Ketchum Road and for Upper Mill Creek Road west of address 9595.

> PUBLIC MEETING: The public is invited to a community meeting August 24th at 6:30 pm, The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles.
Information on the status of the Government Flats Complex fires will be provided by incident management personnel and cooperators.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's structural protection resources are transitioning off the incident and returning home today. Their efforts have helped support the local Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue in defending homes and property on this incident. There have been 142 personnel from 46 fire districts and departments representing twelve Oregon counties on the Government Flats Complex.

Firefighter and public safety is the number one concern and continues to be emphasized. As fire activity is decreasing, risks still remain from fire damaged trees, rolling rocks and logs on steep slopes, rattlesnakes, poison oak, and heavy fire traffic. Incident supervisors are monitoring fire crew fatigue and are encouraging all to remain rested, alert, and assertive in promoting safe working conditions.

Recreationists (including bow hunters and bicyclists) are reminded that the Mt. Hood National Forest has implemented an area closure in proximity to the Blackburn Fire. Listings of the road, trail, campground, and general area closures may be found at the Forest web site: Mt Hood National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood) and at http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/

For information regarding evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Services at 541-386-1213 during business hours.

The fire complex is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

> SPECIAL MESSAGE: Members of the joint incident command organization for the Government Flats fire have received numerous inquiries from the public on ways to help firefighters.
Here is a suggestion for anyone interested in supporting the firefighters on the Government Complex and firefighters through the West during this challenging summer--a summer that has already seen an immense and tragic loss of fellow firefighters.

The Government Flats joint IC team encourages donations on behalf of Government Flat Complex firefighters to the American Red Cross and/or to one or both of the non-profit organizations established to honor current and past wildland and structural firefighters.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation (http://www.wffoundation.org/) is focused on helping families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. The organization honors and acknowledges past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partners with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters. To donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation online, go to: https://www.wffoundation.org/Donation.asp

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (http://www.firehero.org/) to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. It's mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. To donate to the The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation online go to: http://www.firehero.org/donate/

The American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Red Cross disaster relief volunteers are working closely with Government Flat Complex fire officials to provide assistance to your neighbors who have been evacuated or have lost their homes. To donate to the American Red Cross online, go to: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

Cooperators working the incident include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com

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


Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 86 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres.
Starting Monday evening, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Eighteen crews and 21 engines will remain to finish mopping up the perimeter of the fires. At night, engines will patrol the perimeter. Helicopters and additional fire suppression resources will be available from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit.

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.

There are 815 personnel still assigned to this fire.
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 23,829 acres. The Big Windy Complex is now 35 percent contained.
The small amount of rain that fell on Thursday was enough to hamper burnout operations in most areas again yesterday. Crews took advantage of the quieter conditions to further strengthen and secure containment lines. A small amount of burnout was completed on the fire's west flank and burnout operations will resume in other areas as fuels continue to dry out. A reconnaissance flight was completed and helicopter water drops were used to check the fire's growth further into Howard Creek.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have moderated activity to allow a hot shot crew to be inserted into the bottom of Howard Creek to explore the option of building a fire line closer to fire's edge. If this works it could eliminate a dangerous burnout operation on some steep topography.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team from the southeastern United States will assume responsibility for management of the Big Windy Complex on Sunday. PNW Team 3 wishes to thank community members and cooperators for the outstanding support that was provided to the fire fighters and team members for the duration of the team's assignment.

A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west.
Closures:
* Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
* Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
* Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the
junction with Forest Road 33.
* Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.


The Double J Fire was reported Thursday burning in grass and timber in the Klamath Lake area. The fire, located approximately 15 miles SE of Klamath Falls, is 135 acres burning in grass and timber. The fire is now 100 percent bulldozer-lined and the crew is continuing with extended mop up. The fire is on BLM lands protected by ODF.


FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The Vinegar Fire is now 1,161 acres and 5 percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 534 people assigned to work on the fire. Today, Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 takes command under the leadership of Incident Commander Brett Fillis.

More information is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3645/

The Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist around the perimeter of the Labrador Fire. All of the risk factors make it paramount that crews remain vigilant and ready to respond to any flare-ups that may occur on the fire, or new fire starts that may result from the predicted lightning.

An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.

The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 51 personnel are assigned to this fire.
For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

The 121-acre Strawberry Complex (USFS), located 13 miles south of Prairie City on the Malheur National Forest, is 50 percent contained. The complex consists of the High Lake and Pine Creek Mountain Fires and was lightning-caused.

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 90 percent contained, with 367 personnel assigned.
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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 24, 2013

August 24, 2013, 11 AM
Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/


The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has announced that effective noon today (August 24) the following changes in Government Flats Complex Evacuation Notifications will take effect:

* Residences on Ketchum Road and any associated side roads up to the junction with Vensel Road will be at Level II (Get Set).
* Residences on Upper Mill Creek Road west of 9595 will join all residences on Upper Mill Creek and Mill Creek Road above address 6500 in a Level I (Get ready) evacuation status.

All other Level I evacuation notices remain in effect until further notice.

When you hear the terms Level I, II, or III evacuation notice, remember "ready, set, go." Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get and set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately--GO NOW.

For information regarding evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Management at 541-386-1213 during business hours.


Invitation: The public is invited to a community meeting tonight, August 24th at 6:30 pm, The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles. Information on the status of the Government Flats Complex fires will be provided by incident management personnel and cooperators.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Four new fires in Douglas County make for a busy Friday

The Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) has had a busy Friday, suppressing four fires across the county.

This morning, DFPA located a lightning fire in the Cavitt Creek area, east of Glide. DFPA located a second lightning fire this afternoon from yesterday’s storm in the Thunder Mountain area, also east of Glide. Both fires were stopped at less than an acre in size. Firefighters remain on scene of the fires, improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots. DFPA continues to monitor the area where 16 lightning strikes hit on DFPA protected land from yesterday’s storm with ground resources, aviation resources, and their camera detection systems.

Around 12:30 this afternoon, DFPA and Tenmile Fire Department responded to a natural cover fire in the Tenmile area, on Horseshoe Lane. Firefighters arrived on scene of a grass fire threatening a home, a fifth-wheel trailer, and an outbuilding. The fire burned around three sides of the house, and up to the trailer and the outbuilding, but all three were saved. Investigators determined that the fire was started from an arching transformer on a power pole near the property. The fire burned about 1/2 acre.

DFPA responded to their fourth fire of the day a little after 1 p.m. Firefighters from DFPA and Azalea Rural Fire Department responded to a slash pile that had rekindled near Russel Creek, off of Upper Cow Creek Road. While the fire did not spread from the previously burned area, there was potential. The pile had reportedly been burned a considerable time ago. With two such rekindled debris pile fires in the past week, DFPA is asking residents to check any burn pile which has been burned earlier this year. If any heat or smoke is detected, immediately call DFPA or 911.

With more seasonable temperatures predicted for the area, DFPA is reminding residents that the fire danger is still extreme on the Douglas District, and that the Regulated Use Closure for the general public remains in effect. Hunters and recreationalists heading out to the woods are also reminded that many landowners have closed their land to motorized and foot traffic due to the extreme fire conditions. The Bureau of Land Management also has a closure in effect around the Douglas Complex Fires, as firefighters continue to work on the fire.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 23, 2013

NEW FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
The Double J Fire was reported last night burning in grass and timber in the Klamath Lake area. The fire, located approximately 15 miles SE of Klamath Falls, was lightning-caused and originally reported at 20 acres but grew to 135 acres. 4 engines responded along with a 20-person crew from Warner Creek Correctional Facility. The fire is now 100 percent bulldozer-lined and the crew is performing extended mop up. The fire is on BLM lands protected by ODF.

FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS
Government Flats Complex
The Government Flats Complex is burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, Oregon. The fire, now an estimated 11,335 acres, received at least 1/10 of an inch of rain early this morning. Although the new acreage is nearly 1,000 more than yesterday, the fire only grew by a couple hundred acres – most of the increase is due to mapping differences and the fact that yesterday’s number did not include the other two fires in the complex. The new fire growth was on private lands and USFS ownership.

Just as the fire was heating up yesterday afternoon, thunder cells dropped light precipitation which moderated fire behavior and limited fire growth. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal this morning and moderate by this evening as winds increase. Resources threatened include homes along the north side of the fire (Ketchum Road, Vensel Road, Godbersn Road and Mosier Creek), as well as private timberland and BPA high voltage power lines.

Today’s objectives include building direct lines where possible along the NW corner of the fire as well as preparing contingency lines for burn out along the NW corner of the fire; also, continue to evaluate structural protection needs and trigger points for evacuations in the communities listed above.

Evacuations: There are level 3 evacuations in place in multiple locations along the North side of the fire (Ketchum Road, Vensel Road, Godbersn Road and Mosier Creek). There are also several level 2 evacuation notices in place: Upper Mill Creek Road, Wells Road, Browns Creek Road, Cherry Heights, Chenowith Road and Obrist Road.

Residents are being advised when they hear the terms evacuation levels I, II or III, remember “ready, set, go.” Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately—GO NOW. For information regarding the evacuation, please contact the WASCO County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580 during business hours.
The American Red Cross has established an evacuation center at their office, 507 West 9th Street, The Dalles. Please register on their Safe and Well program either at the center or on line at www.redcross.org. Their public number is (888) 680-1455.

For information regarding evacuation notices, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580 or the Hood River County Division of Emergency Services at 541-386-1213 during business hours.

The fire complex is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).
Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police. Approximately 1,008 personnel are currently assigned to this fire. To date, an estimated $4.6 million has been spent in Government Flat Complex fire suppression efforts.
More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/.

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 85 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. 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, 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.

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 23,708 acres. The Big Windy Complex is now 35 percent contained.

The Big Windy Complex received approximately 1/10” of rain yesterday morning when thunderstorms moved over the fire area. Due to the wetting from the light rain no burnout could be accomplished. One new lightning start, the Rafters Fire, was spotted and reported by rafters floating the Rogue River. The Rogue River Hotshots located the fire and contained it. Additional firefighters, engines, and aircraft assigned to the fire were deployed to assist local agencies as they attacked numerous new starts from the lightning storms. These resources will return to the Big Windy as initial attack activity subsides and the fuels dry enough for burnout operations to be re-initiated.
Fire behavior is expected to be minimal today. It is likely to take at least two days of warm, dry conditions to enable fire crews to continue the burnout operations on the northeast and western flanks. Smoke may linger in the low lying areas.

Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. Residents should be prepared to leave if asked. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west where hazards from the approaching fire may be severe. Residents should take precautionary measures to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property.

Closures:
• Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
• Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
• Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the junction with Forest Road 33.
• Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS
The Vinegar Fire is now 1,161 acres and zero percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 547 people assigned to work on the fire. Today, ORIIMT4 will be released from the fire and ORIIMT2 will take command under the leadership of Incident Commander Brett Fillis.
More information is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.org/incident/3645/

The Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist around the perimeter of the Labrador Fire. All of the risk factors make it paramount that crews remain vigilant and ready to respond to any flare-ups that may occur on the fire, or new fire starts that may result from the predicted lightning. An engine, a hand crew and the King’s Peak Wildland Fire Module will be working along the Illinois River from Miami Bar to Oak Flat in Josephine County. Three helicopters remain on the fire and will be ready to respond if needed.

A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 75 personnel are assigned to this fire.
For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

The 121-acre Strawberry Complex (USFS), located 13 miles south of Prairie City on the Malheur National Forest, is 50 percent contained. The complex consists of the High Lake and Pine Creek Mountain Fires and was lightning-caused.

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,420 acres and 85 percent contained, with 367 personnel assigned. More information on this fire is on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/.

The House Creek Fire (BLM) is burning 30 miles west of the Burns Junction within the Burns District of BLM. It is now 2,769 acres and 90 percent contained.

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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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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/

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 23, 2013 morning

Morning Fire Update
0730, August 23, 2013
Government Flats Complex

Current Acres:
• 12,023 acres - IR from last night

Current Status:
All the fire received at least 1/10 of an inch of rain early this morning. The fire only grew by a couple hundred acres yesterday, even though the new acreage is nearly 1,000 more than yesterday. Most of the increase is due to mapping differences and the fact that yesterday’s number did not include the other two fires in the complex. The new fire growth was private and USFS ownership. There are level 3 evacuations in place in multiple locations along the North side of the fire (Ketchum Road, Vensel Road, Godbersn Road and Mosier Creek). There are also several level 2 evacuation notices in place as well (Upper Mill Creek Road, Wells Road, Browns Creek Road, Cherry Heights, Chenowith Road and Obrist Road).

Fire Behavior:
Just as the fire was heating up yesterday afternoon, thunder cells dropped light precipitation which moderated fire behavior and limited fire growth. Fire behavior expected to be minimal this morning and moderate by this evening as winds increase.

Objectives:
• Build direct lines where possible along NW corner of the fire given the moderated conditions. Prep contingency lines for burn out along NW corner of the fire. Mop up the divisions on the east side of the fire.
• Continue to evaluate structural protection needs and trigger points for evacuations in the communities listed above.

Issues:
• Weather: 80 degrees, 30 – 35% RH, winds WSW @ 7-13 MPH with gusts to 25 MPH.
• Fire could reach high-voltage power lines today – the edge of this power line corridor is where the contingency lines are being prepped.
• 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, Vensel Road, Godbersn Road and Mosier Creek).
• Private timberland and BPA high voltage power lines

Expected Growth:
• Fire will be pushed to the east with strong east winds – moderate growth potential.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Government Flats Complex update - Aug. 22, 2013 afternoon

Information: 541-298-9899, 541-298-8741
Email: govflatfire@gmail.com Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/

UPDATED EVACUATION ORDERS

These evacuation orders are effective immediately, August 22, 2013 at 1pm. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued the following:
* Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Mosier Creek Road between addresses 2855 to 3475 and any side roads.
* Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Godberson Road within three miles of the southern end of Godberson Road and any side roads.

Earlier today the Sheriff's Office issued the following orders:
* Level III(GO) Evacuation notification for residents on Ketchum Road
* Level III (GO) Evacuation notification for residents Vensel Road to the Osburn Cut-Off and any side roads.
* Level II (SET) Evacuation notification for residents on Chenoweth Road west of Vensel Road and any side roads.
* Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents on Chenowith Road and side roads, east to the Browns Creek Road intersection.
* Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents for ALL of Browns Creek Road and any side roads.
* Level II (Get SET) Evacuation notification for residents for the 5000 block of Cherry Heights to Browns Creek Road.

Other Evacuation levels remaining in effect are:
* Level II (Get SET) Wells Road and any side roads
* Level II (Get SET) Upper Mill Creek Road east to the 6500 block of Mill Creek Road.
* Level II (Get SET) Orbrist Road.

When you hear the terms Level I, II, or III evacuation notice, remember "ready, set, go." Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get and set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately--GO NOW.

The American Red Cross has established an evacuation center at their office, 507 West 9th Street, The Dalles. Please register on their Safe and Well program either at the center or on line at www.redcross.org. Their public number is (888) 680-1455.

For information regarding the evacuation, please contact the WASCO County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580 during business hours.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 22, 2013

No new fires were reported to ODF's Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours. However, Oregon Dept. of Forestry firefighters are continuing to gear up for predicted storms and lightning through this week, including in Jackson, Josephine, Lane and Linn Counties. Scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the day today and evening and there is a Red Flag warning in effect until 8 pm this evening for abundant lightning with dry fuels in southern Oregon. Although small amounts of moisture are expected with several of the storms, firefighters remain on extreme alert. Both Lane and Linn Counties experienced lightning activity early this morning.


FIRES ON OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY-PROTECTED LANDS

Government Flats Complex
Today will be a crucial day in firefighters’ efforts to slow the spread of the Blackburn Fire, one of three fires in the Government Flats Complex. Yesterday the plume-dominated fire grew to 11,040 acres as easterly, up-canyon winds pushed the fire to the west. Overall containment of the Complex remains at 15 percent.

Fire behavior analysts indicate that conditions today will be at critical levels, with potential for extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread. The fire is expected to be plume-dominated (developed column overriding the local environmental influences)and slope-driven. Strong winds out of the west are forecast beginning late afternoon with gusts of 20 mph or more. These winds combined with steep canyon slopes will challenge firefighters attempting to contain the Blackburn Fire.

Priorities for fire officials are to limit impacts to private lands, structures, public lands, major BPA transmission lines and protection of the City of The Dalles Watershed and water treatment plant.

In cooperation with the Wasco County Sheriff, fire officials will continue to evaluate threats to residences and develop trigger points for decisions regarding evacuations as needed. All evacuation notices remain at Level II (Set) for residences located along Obrist Road, Upper Mill Creek Road, and Wells Road. These roads will remain closed to non-resident traffic until further notice.

Residents in areas with Level II evacuation orders should remain on alert, and set for immediate departure in the event that a full evacuation (Level III) is ordered. Conditions can change rapidly.

Residents are being advised when they hear the terms evacuation levels I, II or III, remember “ready, set, go.” Level I means be aware of the fire in your area and start getting ready, Level II means make final preparations and get set to evacuate, and Level III means evacuate immediately—GO NOW. For information regarding the evacuation, please contact the WASCO County Sheriff’s Office at 541-506-2580 during business hours.

The American Red Cross continues to be available with sheltering should any residents be evacuated. Questions concerning American Red Cross services may be directed to 888-680-1455.

Other developments:
• A total of four residences and nine outbuildings were destroyed or damaged since the fire began on August 16.
• Structural fire engines and firefighters are continuing to secure and patrol homes and other structures along Upper Mill Creek and Reservoir roads, as well as the water treatment plant. A task force of structural fire engines will be in the Wells Road area to assess and prepare properties for a defendable space.
• The fire has burned onto the Mt. Hood National Forest. It has been burning on a mix of private ownership, City of The Dalles ownership, and Bureau of Land Management.
Mt Hood National Forest Closures:
• Forest Road 1722 on the east end • Forest Road 4430 at the 1720 junction
• Forest Road 160 at junction with 4440 • Forest Road 1720 at the east end
• Forest Road 17-660 • Forest Road 1711-630

There is potential for a Forest Service Area Closure.

The Knebal Springs Campground is inaccessible due to road closure on the 1720 Road. For more information regarding the Mt Hood National Forest click to their web site: Forest Service Notice

There are 853 firefighters and support personnel working the fire complex. Efforts are being supported by 29 hand crews, 36 engines (both wild land and structural), 7 helicopters, 11 dozers, and 8 water tenders. The National Guard has arrived with 3 additional helicopters. Three air tankers are available, as needed.

The fire complex is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).
Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office, BLM, USDA Forest Service, City of The Dalles, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Emergency Operations Center, American Red Cross, Oregon National Guard, and Oregon State Police.

Approximately 700 personnel are assigned to this complex. To date, an estimated $4.6 million has been spent in Government Flat Complex fire suppression efforts.More information on this fire is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3662/.

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 83 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,643 acres. Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 took over suppression responsibility for the Douglas Complex on Monday.

All evacuation alerts have been lifted. There are currently 1,145 personnel assigned to this complex.
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 23,708 acres. The Big Windy Complex is now 30 percent contained. There was active fire spread with torching and short crown runs but no containment lines were breached and progress was made with burnout operations on the west flank adjacent to containment lines.

Fire behavior is expected to be active today. Crews will continue to hold and secure the east and southeast flanks. The burnout will continue along the west flank in an effort to remove fuel from the approaching fire. Smoke over the fire is expected to hamper air operations for most of the day likely eliminating aerial ignition options. If needed, firefighters will assist local forces in initial attack on any new fires from potential thunderstorms in the area. A structure group is evaluating access and assessing protection needs in the Galice area.

A Red Flag warning for abundant lightning and dry fuels will be in effect until later this evening. If an isolated thunderstorm approaches the area winds could become erratic and gust to 40 mph or higher.

Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. Residents should be prepared to leave if asked. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west where hazards from the approaching fire may be severe. Residents should take precautionary measures to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property.

Closures:
• Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
• Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
• Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.
• Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.

For more information on this fire: 541-476-1252 / http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570/.

The B&H Fire reported Sunday 20 miles north of Enterprise on the Northeast Oregon District burned 21 acres, 7 acres on ODF-protected forestlands. The fire is contained and in mop-up and was turned over to the Forest Service yesterday.

FIRES BURNING ON OTHER LANDS

The Big Sheep 2 Fire (USFS) is 129 acres and is now 55 percent contained. This fire is burning in rugged, inaccessible country where getting resources on the ground is difficult.

Concerns for firefighter safety on this fire include: the remote location, difficult terrain, significant rock rollout, accessibility, continued high temperatures, and local windy conditions.
As of today, the Team has been successful in containing and suppressing this fire.

For more information: 541-426-5681 and 541-426-5692 / http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3678/ .


The House Creek Fire (BLM) is burning 30 miles west of the Burns Junction within the Burns District of BLM. It is currently 2,769 acres and 80 percent contained.

The 121-acre Strawberry Complex, located 13 miles south of Prairie City on the Malheur National Forest, is 60 percent contained.

The Vinegar Fire is now 1059 acres and zero percent contained. The fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 547 people assigned to work on the fire. On Friday, ORIIMT4 will be released from the fire and ORIIMT2 will take command under the leadership of Incident Commander Brett Fillis. Team 2 is shadowing members of Team 4 today in order to assure a smooth transition.
More information is available on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/

The Labrador Fire continues to burn in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. The weather forecast is calling for lightning this afternoon and evening. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.

The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 53 personnel are assigned to this fire. The Illinois River Road remains closed to the public for safety reasons.
For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,420 acres and 80 percent contained, with 422 personnel assigned. 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.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx

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. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

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