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.






















Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bryant Fire Morning Update - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 June 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633



Current Situation:

With fire fighters completing the fire line perimeter yesterday, crews were able to mop up 100 to 500 feet in from the exterior fireline. Last night crews utilized handheld infra-red cameras to scour the landscape within 1,000 feet of the fire perimeter for any remaining hot spots. Infra–red cameras are used to reveal heat sources buried deep in the ground. Upon discovery, the spots are flagged for the night crews to work on and the next day shift to double check and completely extinguish. “This is the pick and shovel work that is necessary to keep the fire from rekindling later this summer” says Night Operations Chief John Flannigan.

On some portions of the Bryant Fire significant efforts are underway as the fire fighters start rehabilitation work; this entails falling all danger trees and snags along the fire perimeter and road systems, infra-red work, constructing waterbars on steep hand trail and spreading out the berms created by the dozers during fireline construction.


To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/ 

Social Media Resources for this fire:

Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com


South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo

Fire at a Glance
(06/24/14 at 0800)

Size: 1361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 70%
Expected Containment: 6/26/14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 - Type 1
23 - Type 2
2 - Camp
Air Tankers:
SEATS:
Helicopters: 1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
1-Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 27
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 803
Estimated Cost to Date: $3 M

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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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