All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bryant Fire update - June 22, 2014

Bryant Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

June 22, 2014 8 a.m.

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


Current Situation:

Yesterday’s heavy use of air retardant helped prevent the fire from spreading beyond the control lines. Sixteen loads of retardant were dropped from large air tankers and eight loads were dropped from small Single Engine Air Tankers known as SEATs. Helicopters were extremely busy all day long responding to fire fighters requests for drops on the hottest spots. Today, helicopters will continue dropping water along the southwest side of the fire.


With almost ten miles of fire line around the perimeter of this fire, fire fighters are laying hose and fittings for the next phase of holding the line and beginning mop-up on the cooler portions of the fire. The fire had slight growth due to the fire burning up to the control lines the fire fighters had established. Fire fighters continue to work diligently to stop the fire from spreading southward. A small amount of line remains to be constructed there.

Today’s warmer temperatures and low humidity combined with the low fuel moistures will test the fire lines as the fire fighters continue to hold and secure those lines.

To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
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://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo
Fire at a Glance (06/22/14)

Size: 1327 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 15%

Expected Containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 - Type 1
30 - Type 2
2 - Camp

Air Tankers: 3 heavies, 2 SEATs (single-engine)

Helicopters: 1 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
2 -Type 3 (Light Lift)

Fire engines: 51

Bulldozers: 6

Skidder: 1

Water Tenders: 3

Total personnel: 984

Estimated Cost to Date: $1,425,000


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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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