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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bryant Fire update - June 23, 2014, 8 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

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

Current Situation:
Yesterday firefighters completed the fire line perimeter. Bulldozers were used to construct the majority of the fire line. On the steepest terrain too rugged for dozers, hand crews completed the remaining sections, thus completely encompassing the fire.

Today, firefighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Diligent efforts of the crews working around the clock speed up the fire containment and mop-up progress

Tonight the ODF incident management team invites the community of Bonanza to attend an open house at the high school from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The team wants to ensure that the community has access to the latest fire updates and an opportunity to tour the fire camp, to understand the role all firefighters and support personal play during the suppression effort.

To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

Fire at a Glance (06/23/14)

Fire size: 1361 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 45 percent

Expected date of containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:

Crews: 5 - Type 1
23 - Type 2
2 - Camp

Heavy air tankers: 0
Single-engine air tankers: 0
Helicopters: 1 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
2 - Type 3 (Light Lift)

Fire engines: 44

Bulldozers: 11

Water Tenders: 11

Total personnel: 881

Estimated suppression cost to date: $2.6 million

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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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