Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.








Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bryant Fire - Fire Team update 06-21-14

June 21, 2014 7:30 a.m.

Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633

Current Situation:

The South Central Oregon Interagency Type 3 Team transferred control of the Mt. Bryant incident to the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (IC Buckman) yesterday at 6 p.m.

An Infrared Flight was flown last night and mapped the fire acreage at 1,250 acres.

Crews and equipment worked through the night constructing fire lines and burning out to secure those lines. The fire is actively burning in ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and dried brush that was frost killed. Fuel moistures are very low for this time of year. At the morning briefing, Fire Operations Chief John Flanigan said “You can light wood with a match.”

Fire managers plan to use heavy amounts of air attack today along the west side of the fire moving eastward. Bulldozers and fire engines will continue to establish and hold fire lines.

The fire camp is set up at the Bonanza School. For the latest information check on line at the sources listed below. A daily news release will be issued each morning.

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Fire at a Glance (06/21/14)

Size: 1250 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 0%

Expected Containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 3- Type 1
11 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2-( Heavy)
Helicopters: 0- Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
3- Type 2 (Med Lift)
2-Type 3 (Light)

Fire engines: 11
Bulldozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Total personnel: 439

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Protective Association:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/




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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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