Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire update - July 16, 2014 evening


Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 16, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Recorded Fire Information Line: 541-947-6223


Afternoon Update

Firefighters had a good day on the fire lines of the Moccasin Hill Fire Wednesday, as they focused on mop-up activities and reinforcing portions of the line. Most of the flame and smoke activity is limited to the eastern flank of the fire. In addition to mop-up work along the entire fire perimeter, crews will continue to extinguish all smokes within the residential area.

Due to decreased fire activity, this will be the last afternoon update from the Incident Management Team. A morning news release will still be issued daily for the remainder of the week.

With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the process of demobilizing resources has begun, with the fire releasing some crews to transition to one of the many other active large fire incidents in Oregon. A new website providing updates on all active large files in the Northwest is available at: http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com/.

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

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/
NW Large Fires Information -http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com

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