Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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