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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Two Bulls Fire Morning Update, 06-14-14

Two Bulls Fire Morning Update


Twitter: @twobullsfire, @CentralORFire#twobullsfire
June 14, 2014 7:30 a.m.
Facebook: Two Bulls Fire- Bend, Oregon
Information Phone: 541-389-6421
GPS: 44 6’ 48”, 121 28’ 2”
(not in-service after noon today)

ODF Team 2 will transfer the command of the Two Bulls Fire to an ODF Type 3 Transition team working out of the Sisters Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District Office. This will occur on Saturday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. The Transition Team (IC Foster) will work to extinguish any remaining smokes and recover equipment. The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor for smokes frequently throughout fire season. If residents spot smoke, they are advised to call 911.

Evacuations: The Skyliners Rd. area evacuation alert was lifted yesterday. No evacuation levels remain in effect.

Closures: Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed. The Phil’s Trail Mountain bike area is open.

The Two Bulls Fire is 90 percent contained, 6,908 acres and reached $5.7 million.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post. All media and public inquiries should contact the ODF office in Sisters at 541-549-2731.

Resources Assigned:
• 5 Crews and support personnel totaling 100 personnel
• 2 helicopters
• 9 engines
• 2 dozers
• 2 water tenders

Additional Information
The fire is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline). Cooperators include the Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

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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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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.