Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire - July 15, 2014, 6 p.m. update


Moccasin Hill Fire



Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline


 
July 15, 2014          6:00 p.m.

 
Recorded Fire Information Line:  541-947-6223
Will be updated as needed.


Current Situation:

Fire crews made excellent progress on the Moccasin Hill fire this afternoon, significantly strengthening containment lines and focusing on hot spots within the fire perimeter. By the end of the day today, fire officials expect to have the entire fire lined with approximately 85% dozer lines, 5% roads, and 10% hand lines. Spot fires outside the main fire perimeter have been lined, and crews are continuing to reinforce lines along steep bluffs on the eastern side of the fire.


Firefighters have already initiated mop-up activities on several portions of the fire line. Safety officers are encouraging the crews to pace themselves appropriately to deal with the warm and dry weather conditions.


With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the Incident Management Team will begin releasing some crews to transition to other incidents. Two Hot Shot Crew will be released today to join other firefighting efforts.


The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center remains open at the Sprague Community Center.


Tomorrow’s morning news release will contain additional information on the containment progress and the results of the burned area assessment work completed today.


Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.



 
Fire at a Glance (07/15/14)
Size: 2500 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment: Crews: 14
Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 33
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 7
Total personnel: 441
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.25 M
For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
 
 

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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