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.

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.

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Social Media Resources for this fire:

Oregon Department of Forestry:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

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:
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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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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