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





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire update - July 17, 2014, a.m.


Moccasin Hill Fire


Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, Incident Commander: Cline


July 17, 2014         8 a.m.
 
Recorded Fire Information Line:  541-947-6223

Current Situation

Firefighters on the Moccasin Hill Fire continued to make excellent progress with mop-up and line reinforcement on Wednesday. The Incident Management Team has received excellent cooperation and support from the local community, partner agencies, and the local fire service.

“We have shifted from catching and holding the fire to securing the fire,” said Operations Chief Joe Hessel. “With a good mop-up effort, we will be able to turn this fire over to a local team in a few days”. Mop-up work will continue today, as crews use hand-held infrared devices that can show hot spots that may hold heat but not visible flame or smoke. Yesterday’s mop-up activities revealed two additional small outbuildings had burned on Sunday, bringing the total number of structures lost to 35.

As the fire threat decreases, the Incident Management Team will be issuing only one news release per day. With the reduction in fire activity and multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in Oregon, the process of demobilizing resources is underway. A new website providing updates on all active large files in the Pacific 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 in Sprague River is transitioning today to a Recovery Center, processing affected families and referring them to partner agencies for possible assistance. Thursday hours for the Red Cross Recovery Center will be 9 am to 8 pm.

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

Size: 2535 acres

Cause: under investigation
 
Containment: 55%
 
Expected Containment: 7-19-14
 
Crews and Equipment: 
     Crews: 21
     Air tankers: 2
     Helicopters: 10
     Fire engines: 33
     Bulldozers: 5
     Water tenders: 9
     Total personnel: 662
    
Estimated cost to date: $2.4 million
 
Crews: 21                           Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 33
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 662

 
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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