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





Friday, July 25, 2014

ODF Daily Fire Update for Friday, July 25, 2014


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Friday, July 25, 2014

FIRES

Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Rye Valley Fire:  This fire was reported approximately 15 miles northwest of Huntington on July 23, caused by lightning, burning on BLM lands in the Vale district.  It posed a threat to ODF Northeast Oregon District’s protected lands, so ODF Incident Management Team 3 was dispatched yesterday and assumed command of the fire at 7 p.m. PDT.  Reports this morning indicate excellent progress on fire operations overnight, with containment lines now completely surrounding the 1392-acre fire.  More information on this fire is available on the fire’s Incwieb site at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4002/.

 Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the lightning-caused complex is currently 90 percent contained and in full mop-up. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.  Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. It is currently 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. Today firefighters will work on any hot spots that could threaten fire lines, and will continue mop-up. Resources include: 16 hand crews, 33 fire engines, eight water tenders and a total of 612 personnel. The Western Montana Incident Management Team [Fry] will transition management of this fire to a local team on July 26.  Unless something unanticipated occurs, this will be the last report on this fire and the remainder of the fires within the Pine Creek Complex.  Inciweb site:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3969/.

Sunflower Fire – The fire is 7,170 acres and 80 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. On Saturday, the large fire Incident Management Team (IC Wilde) will transition to a local management team.  This will be the last report on this fire unless something unanticipated occurs.   Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.  As new fires start, and older ones are contained and turned over to local control, they will be added to and dropped from the following list.)

Camp Creek Fire [11 miles SE of Juntura, lightning start detected on 7/23/14] – 5,300 acres, 40 percent contained
Kitten Complex [Kitten Canyon, Brogan Hill, North Juniper, and Stemler Fires; all lightning starts detected on July 25th. Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team (Greg Poncin) assumed command on July 25th] – 20,664 total acres, 0 percent contained
Pine Creek Complex – Total acres: 102,209 [will transition from the Type !! Western Montana IMT (IC Fry) to a local fire management team on July 26th. Last Update.]
--Pine Creek Fire – 30,245 acres, 95 percent contained
--Black Rock Fire –35,039 acres, 95 percent contained
--Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained
--Jack Knife Fire – 13,263 acres, 100 percent contained
Bridge 99 Complex - 5,960 acres, 67 percent contained
Ochoco Complex – 10,195 acres, 59 percent contained
--Lava Fire – 191 acres, 95 percent contained
--Antelope Fire – 21 acres, 100 percent contained
--Broadway Fire – 5 acres, 100 percent contained
--Fox/Oscar Canyon Fire – 9,978 acres, 29 percent contained
Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained [will transition from the Washington Interagency IMT 4 (IC Larry Nickey) to a local team out of Detroit Ranger Station on Sunday, July, 27th . Last update]
--Bingham Ridge Fire – 275 acres
--Lizard Fire – 175 acres
Pittsburg Fire – 8,288 acres, 100 percent contained [transitioned from Washington Interagency IMT 1 to a local team out of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Last update.]
Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained
Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained
Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 50 percent contained.
Logging Unit Fires – 10,488 acres, 60 percent contained.
--Skyline Fire – 116 acres
--Haily Butte Fire – 108 acres
--Logging Unit Fire – 313 acres
--Camas Prairie Fire – 6,379 acres
--Bear Butte 2 – North – 3,884 acres

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.
Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained [Last update]

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information, page the duty officer at 503-370-0403. The duty officer will call back/return pages promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Fire Program | General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR  97310
Desk 503.945.7425
Cell   503.508.0574
rnichols@odf.state.or.us

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state- and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.



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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.




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