Current situation

The week of June 17-23 is shaping up to be mostly sunny and dry across the state, with summerlike temperatures everywhere except the coast.

Six ODF districts and forest protective associations are in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire update - July 16, 2014, a.m.

Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 16, 2014          8:00 a.m.

Recorded Fire Information Line:  541-947-6223

Current Situation:

Firefighters continue to make significant gains in efforts to contain the Moccasin Hill fire. Late yesterday fire officials reported that the entire fire is lined with approximately 85% dozer lines, 5% roads, and 10% hand lines. Spot fires outside the main perimeter have been lined, and crews are reinforcing lines along steep bluffs on the eastern side of the fire.

Yesterday, fire officials and Red Cross personnel were able to enter the burned area to conduct a detailed assessment of structures lost during the initial fire run on Sunday afternoon. This assessment has revealed that 17 primary structures and 16 other structures were lost for a total of 33 structures destroyed, up from the previous estimate of 20 total. No additional structures have been lost since Sunday.

Today, firefighters will focus on mop-up activities on several portions of the fire line. In addition to mop-up work along the entire fire perimeter, crews will continue to extinguish all smokes within the residential area.

Safety officers are encouraging the crews to pace themselves appropriately to deal with the warm and dry weather conditions. The weather forecast for today calls for a chance of thunderstorms late in the day.

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.

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.

 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 (07/16/14)
Size: 2535 acres Cause: under investigation
Containment: 35%
Expected Containment: 7-19-14
Crews and Equipment: Crews: 24
Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 23
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 748
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.6 M
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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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