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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire update - July 18, 2014 morning

Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
July 18, 2014         8 a.m.
Recorded Fire Information Line:  541-947-6223

 Current Situation
Firefighters were engaged in a variety of tasks yesterday as they continued to wrap-up work on the Moccasin Hill Fire in preparation for a transfer to a local team this weekend. Crews extinguished hot spots along the fire line and around residential areas.

Today will be the last big mop-up shift before additional crews demobilize to other incidents across the state. The Team will continue to prepare for tomorrow’s transition to a local fire management organization. 

One minor firefighter injury was reported on Thursday. “Overall, the Team has had an excellent safety record on this incident,” said IMT2 Safety Officer Scott West. “Their training and hard work has really paid off.”

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Recovery Center in Sprague River was active yesterday, processing affected families and referring them to partner agencies for possible assistance. The Red Cross Center is now closed.

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:   2,535 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment:  75 percent

Expected Containment: 7-19-14


Hand crews:  21                          

Helicopters:    3

Fire engines: 24

Bulldozers:      3  

Water Tenders:  9

Total personnel: 594

Estimated Cost to Date: $2.7 million

For More Information

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

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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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