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.































Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014: Fire Update

FIRES
The 56-acre Euchre Creek fire was reported yesterday afternoon located approximately 12 miles north of Gold Beach on lands protected by the Coos Forest Protective Association. Resources assigned: 1 engine, 3 crews, 2 airtankers, 2 helicopters, 4 water tenders and 2 bulldozers. Today the fire is trailed and estimated to be 80 percent contained; potential for spread is low. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two Bulls Fire
The Two Bulls Fire that broke out midday Saturday near Tumalo, 10 miles northwest of Bend is now in mop-up and de-mob will start today. Size is estimated at 6,908 acres.
Resources assigned: 3 helicopters, 46 engines, 4 bulldozers, 15 water tenders and 638 personnel are assigned to this fire.

No structures lost or damaged, 2 firefighters have received minor injuries – a cut on the leg and a reaction to a bee sting. The fire is now estimated to be 80 percent contained
Estimated costs to date: $4.3 million

Investigation into Fire Cause
The Investigation Team for the Two Bulls Fire wants any information citizens can provide. Please call with any information about activity, individuals, or vehicles seen on Cascade Timberlands property in the days leading up to the fire.

The reward now totals $31,500 to anyone with information that leads to a successful conviction. Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-8477 (TIPS). If citizens see suspicious activity or something that doesn’t look right, we encourage them to report it to Deschutes County 9-1-1.

Evacuation Information
Interactive Map with current evacuation notice levels: https://maps.deschutes.org/custom/simple/index.html
This map will be updated with any change in Evacuation Notice Levels.
The Skyliners Road area outside the City of Bend, is now a Level I. This is now the only Evacuation Level Notice in effect.

Evacuation Notices are lifted for the following areas:
• The Saddleback Subdivision area
• The area located south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive, and north of Century Drive.
• The remainder of Northwest Crossing (east of Mt. Washington Drive), and the area that includes residents north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive
There will be additional Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement patrols working this week and through the weekend.

Fire Danger
Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature. Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of a wildfire starting:
• Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials.
• Follow all burning restrictions in place in Bend and any areas you recreate, live or work.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• If you are operating equipment, including lawn and garden equipment, ensure you watch for sparks or malfunctioning equipment.

USFS Closures
There are still US Forest Service Road Closures in place. Refer to the Two Bulls Blog for information on these closures: www.centralorfireinfo.blogsot.com
Contact numbers, donations
FIRE INFO LINE/THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER: 541-550-4888 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
For SHERIFF'S OFFICE FIRE INFORMATION call 541-550-4850

The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters. On behalf of the firefighters, the teams managing the fire and Deschutes National Forest, we want to thank the public for their generosity. At this point, all of the needs of the firefighters are being met.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation, helps the firefighter community.

Note: Upcoming Community Event on Wildfire
Deschutes County, City of Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes National Forest invite Central Oregon residents to a panel discussion and film on wildfire in our community in mid-June. The goal is to help people understand more about Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) wildfires, wildfire risks to our community and reducing those risks to their personal property.

“The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado”, will be showing on Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm at Hitchcock auditorium, Pioneer Building 201 on the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Campus at 2600 NW College Way in Bend. Following the 30 minute film will be a short evaluation of the film by local law enforcement, county officials, structural and wildland firefighters on living and working in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) boundary between public land and local communities.

Panelists include Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester, Bob Madden, Battalion Chief with the Bend Fire Department, Nathan Garibay, Sergeant with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, George Ponte, District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry and Craig Letz, Fire Staff Officer for Central Oregon Fire Management Service.

There will be a question and answer period following the panels’ statements. Residents are encouraged to ask questions of the panel of fire prevention and firefighting experts. Gary Marshall, former Bend Fire Marshal and current Fire Safety Manager at Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire, will emcee the event.

“The Fire Line” is a documentary produced by The Denver Post that examines the effects of catastrophic wildfires in the west and their impacts on community members, firefighters, and natural resources. While the focus of the film is on wildfires in Colorado, there are many lessons that Central Oregon communities can derive from their losses. The film discusses the challenges that homeowners face while living in a fire prone environment and how homeowners can better mitigate the risks to personal property, local firefighters and the beautiful Central Oregon landscape.

Media
PLEASE CALL ONLY 541-389-6421 FOR FIRE UPDATES.

Sites for Fire Information
Information Phone at Joint Information Center: 541-550-4888 (No media calls here please) Note: This is interagency information for the public related to the fire. Open 9-9.
This number will no longer be in service after 12:00 noon, Thursday June 12.

Information Phone at the fire ICP: 541-389-6421
Note: This phone is operational for public and media now.
As of Thursday at noon, this will be the only public & media information phone line.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2014, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 6 fires burned 4 acres
Human-caused fires: 158 fires burned 7,930 acres
Total: 164 fires burned 7,934 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 20 fires burned 19 acres
Human-caused fires: 106 fires burned 286 acres
Total: 126 fires burned 305 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

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/

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TwoBullsFire, facebook.com/Deschutes.County,
TWITTER: @twobullsfire, @desnatlforest, @deschutescounty, @OchocoNatForest, @CentralORFire, #twobullsfire
INCIWEB: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3889/
BLOG: www.CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

Current wildfire info

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.



What we do

Protection jurisdiction

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.



Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.