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.


































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
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 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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