Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bryant Fire - 06-26-14

Current Situation:
This is the final update from the Bryant Fire information desk.

Fire crews continue to make progress to contain the Bryant Fire, aided by the rainfall yesterday.

Wednesday’s much-reduced night shift again utilized handheld infrared cameras to detect remaining areas of heat while engine crews worked to extinguish the hot spots.

Equipment and personnel continue to be released from the fire as efforts begin focusing on rehabilitation of fire lines. Most of the fire damaged trees that pose a threat to firefighters have been felled.  Hand crews have begun constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and continued spreading out the berms created by the dozers.  

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 will transition management of the fire to the Klamath/Lake District today at noon today. 

Fire at a glance:
Size:   1,361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 95%
Expected Containment:  6/26/14
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:                 2- Type 1
                             2 - Type 2
                             2 - Camp
 Heavy air Tankers: 0   
 Single engine tankers: 0   
 Helicopters:    1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
                          1-Type 3 (Light Lift)

 Fire engines:  6 
 Bulldozers:   1   

Water Tenders:   3
Total personnel:  216
Estimated Cost to Date: $4.1 million

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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