Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014 Fire Update - Two Bulls Wildfire

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center issued the following release this morning:

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR 97754

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: June 8, 2014 –8:00 a.m.

Contact: Media Desk: 541/416-6811
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Firefighters Work Overnight on Two Bulls Wildfire

Bend, Oregon – More than 300 firefighters worked overnight on the Two Bulls Wildfire burning west of Bend. Active fire continued throughout the night, prompting an additional evacuation of the Johnson Ridge subdivision. Approximately 250 homes have now been evacuated. The Red Cross has established a shelter at High Desert Middle School in Bend (this is a new location).

Approximately 2,000 additional homes are in an area considered threatened. Deschutes County Sheriff Department has notified residents in areas south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive and north of Century Drive to be prepared to evacuate if the fire continues to grow in their direction. Suppression efforts will focus on structural protection in these areas, establishing containment lines, and keeping the fire from moving south and east. Additional suppression efforts will focus on the west flank of the fire, located closest to the City of Bend watershed.

Heavy smoke prevented aerial resources from getting an accurate view of the fire yesterday, and an overnight infrared flight provided a better estimate of size. The fire is now 6,180 acres and remains uncontained with no estimate of containment at this time.

The two fires were reported by Black Butte Lookout at 12:48 yesterday afternoon. The fires are burning in a mix of Deschutes National Forest and private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Although the fires haven’t burned completely together, they are being managed as one incident, the Two Bulls Wildfire. The fires are staffed with 12 20-person handcrews, including the several Hotshot crews, 13 engines, 2 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 7 dozers, and several watertenders, along with miscellaneous additional overhead personnel.

The fire is burning in a mix of ponderosa pine, brush and grass. Increasing temperatures and afternoon winds are expected to challenge firefighters and potentially cause an escalation in fire behavior.

The fire is currently under command of a Type III Incident Management Team, and an Oregon Department of Forestry Type II Incident Management Team will assume command of the fires later this morning.


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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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