Cooler temperatures and higher humidity with light rainfall this past weekend in many areas of the state have helped firefighting efforts. Lightning is less of a concern this week but humans causing new fires remains a top concern. Gov. Kate Brown announced over the weekend that she is authorizing Oregon National Guard personnel to help fire suppression efforts near Crater Lake National Park.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Haystack Fire Evening Update, Thursday, July 31, 2014


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Evening Update
July 31, 2014, 8:00 p.m. 

 
This afternoon firefighting resources responded to a new fire, Hog Ridge, located about 9 miles northwest of Dayville.  It was initially reported at 5 acres and grew rapidly to approximately 55 acres before resources were able to slow it’s growth about 4:00 p.m. Responding to the fire were firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s John Day Unit, a pre-identified initial attack task force from the Haystack Complex, 6 single engine air tankers, and 6 helicopters.  Work will continue on this fire overnight and the new fire will be managed as part of the Haystack Complex beginning August 1, 2014.

The most challenging of the existing fires is the Haystack Fire located 3 miles northeast of Spray. This fire does not currently have an active fire perimeter by is still requiring quite a bit of attention.  According to John Flannigan night Operations Chief “it is still hot under the junipers, and that heat looks hidden but can take off on us”.  Crews and engines worked today to extinguish the heat remaining in this 1,200 acre fire.

The other two fires are currently in mop up after their initial runs though mixed conifer and grass fuels. The Throop Fire, located about 3 miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres. The Steet Fire located 7 miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres.

Tomorrow two task forces consisting of a handcrew, two engines, and a dozer will be made available from Haystack Complex resources to assist local firefighters if needed to respond to new fires within the general vicinity.

 
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Fire-at-a-Glance:

Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 50%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines: 17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 2 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $630,000
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

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