Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014 Fire Update, Two Bulls Fire

The Two Bulls Fire burning in heavy brush and timber approximately 10 miles northwest of Bend is now estimated at 6,837 acres. There are 250 homes threatened with 50 remaining under Level III Evacuation.
Resources assigned: 6 helicopters, 77 engines, 11 bulldozers and 1,018 personnel are assigned to this fire.
• No structures lost or damaged
• 1 Firefighter with a minor leg laceration
• The fire is 25% contained
• Estimated costs to date: $2.4 million

Fire Cause: A joint investigation to locate the origin and cause of the fires is being conducted by a team of investigators from the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Range Fire Protection Association, and Oregon Department of Forestry. Investigators located the origin of both fires, collected evidence, and have determined that the fires were human caused.

Cascade Timberlands has added $2,000 for information that leads to a successful conviction.

For more info: http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/

Current Fire Information: Progress on the fire went very well yesterday and last night, the only remaining unsecured portion of the fire had line completed around it last night. Day shift crews will continue mop up operations deeper interior along the eastern flank of the fire today. On the western flank, line reinforcement and deploying hose lines will be the main focus throughout the day. Smoke conditions should be less than it has been over the last few days as fuels within containment lines are being consumed and mop up operations are reaching further interior.

Although temperatures are forecasted to be lower than yesterday the concern for today is increasing winds from the north-northwest this afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph. With good progress being made on the fire, structure protection task forces mobilized under the Conflagration Act have been reduced from three to two, and the need for the remaining two task forces will be evaluated throughout the afternoon.

Evacuation Notices
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Level III Evacuation Notice remains in place for the following areas:
• Skyliners Road area outside of the City of Bend (approximately 50 residences.)

Level II Evacuation Notices are still in effect for the following areas:
• Area south of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington, and north of Century Drive.
• Saddleback Subdivision on both sides of Johnson Road (lowered from Level III yesterday evening.)

Level I Evacuation Notices continue for the following areas:
• Remainder of Northwest Crossing (the area east of Mt. Washington Drive).
• Residents in the area north of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington Drive.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be working with fire managers throughout the day to discuss evacuation levels. Please contact their information line at 541-550-4850 for any evacuation updates.

Displaced residents in need of a place to stay or other resources are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross by calling 541-382-2142.
A livestock shelter has been opened at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR.
The following road closures remain in place: All of 4606, 1610, Skyline Forest, 4601, 4603, and Tumalo Falls.

Evacuation Levels Explained
Level I (Ready)-
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, such as those susceptible to breathing problems in wildfires or those with animals and pets, should take note and begin making arrangements to evacuate. For wildfires, smoke can often cause the most problems for residents, especially those sensitive to smoke. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Level II (Set)-
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. For those that choose to remain, they should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Access into the area is typically controlled by law enforcement. Law enforcement may also decide to not allow residents back into the area once they leave.

Level III (Go)-

This level means to leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and your life safety cannot be guaranteed. Residents should listen to local media, and watch for emergency personnel who may be coming by to give further instructions regarding the evacuation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The fire is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, American Red Cross, Bend-La Pine School District, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

Interested media should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival.

Media personnel who would like a guided tour of the fire need to arrive with full nomex, hard hat, and fire shelter; the fire camp does not have enough equipment to accommodate those who do not have this. A media update will be given at 1000 hours followed by a media fire tour at 1300 hours.
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OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies. ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS
Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

On Twitter: @TwoBullsFire @CentralORFire ‪#‎twobullsfire
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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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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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