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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bryant Fire Morning Update; Wednesday, June 25, 2014

 Bryant Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
June 25, 2014          8:00 a.m.
Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
                 Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633 (The Information Center will be closing at 1200 on 6/26/2014) 

Current Situation:
Fire fighter crews continued to mop-up at least 100 feet and up to 500 feet in some places. With the forecasted change of weather to cooler and light rain possible in the next 24 hours, this will aid in the mop-up efforts.
During the evening, crews again utilized handheld infra-red cameras to search for any remaining hot spots.  The night hand crews worked the hot spots and flagged them for the day shift to double check and completely extinguish.
The Bryant Fire continues significant resource demobilization and is in the rehabilitation phase.  This entails the completing of falling all snags and fire damaged trees, hand held infra-red camera imagery up to 1,000 feet in heavy fuel concentrated areas.  Hand crews will begin constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and 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 tomorrow at 1200. 
To date, no reportable injuries have occurred. 
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Fire at a Glance (06/25/14)

Size:   1361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 85%
Expected Containment:  6/26/14
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:                 4 - Type 1
                           9 - Type 2
                             2 - Camp
 Air Tankers:    
 Helicopters:    1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
                          1-Type 3 (Light Lift)

 Engines:  6 
 Dozers:   1   

 Water Tenders:   5
Total personnel:  493
Estimated Cost to Date: $3.7 M

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Current wildfire info

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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