Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire - update July 15, 2014, a.m.

Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline


July 15, 2014          8:00 a.m.


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

Current Situation:


ODF IMT 2 assumed command of the Moccasin Hill fire yesterday afternoon. Significant firefighting resources continue to deploy on the incident, located 4 miles north of Sprague River.


The fire made a 50-60 acre run yesterday, but the winds pushed the fire back into itself, so no additional structures were lost.  The flames were quickly extinguished by 6 helicopters along with 3 air tankers.  By late afternoon, most of the smoke had cleared. Last night crews were focused on completing a secure line around the fire.  A heat seeking infra-red flight last night produced a more accurate acreage estimate and map.   


The mandatory evacuation (Level III) order issued for the Sprague River Drive area was downgraded to Level 1 Monday afternoon. A Red Cross Center has been set up at the Sprague Community Center.  This continues to be a gathering place for local residents to get the latest fire information updates.  Fire Information is updated at least daily on the SCOFMP’s hotline at 541-947-6223.


Approximately 6 homes and 14 other structures were reportedly destroyed in Sunday’s initial fire run.  Currently 100 structures remain threatened.  To date, only one non–firefighter injury has been reported.  


Until phone lines are available at the Incident Command Post, please call the ODF office in Klamath Falls at 541-883-5681 or the SCOFMP Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.


Fire at a Glance (07/14/14)
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
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