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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beaver Complex fire update - July 31, 2014 afternoon

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Phone:  541-826-1599
Information desk hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 July 31, 2014, 2:30 p.m.                    

Special Message: A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight for abundant lightning with dry fuels.

Current Situation: Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Cline) assumed command of the Beaver Complex at 10:30 a.m. today. The Salt Creek Fire, approximately 100 acres in size, is the largest fire within the complex. Along with suppression of the Salt Creek Fire, the team will provide management of smaller fires burning near Salt Creek as they become identified. The Salt Creek Fire is burning in steep terrain on a parcel of Bureau of Land Management land protected by ODF. The Salt Creek Fire was ignited by lightning from a storm that moved through yesterday afternoon. The Incident Command Post is located at TouVelle State Park on Table Rock Road.

Weather: Another round of scattered thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening. Rain will accompany most storms, but abundant lightning is expected to be a major concern due to dry fuels. Temperatures will range from 95 to 100 degrees. Isolated thunderstorms are expected again on Friday.

Location:  0 miles northwest of Medford             
Percent Contained: 0                     
Complex Size: 100 acres                                             
Cause: Lightning                               
Start Date: July 30, 2014                                                      
Resources Include: 5 hand crews, 6 fire engines, 3 bulldozers, 4 water tenders, 5 helicopters, 1 air tanker and overhead personnel. Total personnel: 150  

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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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