Cooler temperatures and higher humidity with light rainfall this past weekend in many areas of the state have helped firefighting efforts. Lightning is less of a concern this week but humans causing new fires remains a top concern. Gov. Kate Brown announced over the weekend that she is authorizing Oregon National Guard personnel to help fire suppression efforts near Crater Lake National Park.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update, Wednesday, July 30, 2014


This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

FIRES
Lightning moved through southwest Oregon, the Cascades, and central, southeast Oregon last night igniting fires across the state on all ownerships.  Firefighting agencies are busy doing reconnaissance and initial attack on fires that have been identified, and reconnaissance for other possible strikes.  Lightning continues in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

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

Southwest Oregon District – Grants Pass Unit: The Reeves Creek Fire, that was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m., burning on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry south of Selma ((25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County), is reported today as 50 percent contained, at 232 acres.  The fire had previously, yesterday, evening, been reported at 90 percent contained, but that has been reduced because of weather concerns, including a Red Flag Warning in effect for much of the district and that the area may receive strong, erratic winds, 100-degree temperatures, and vegetation in the fire area being extremely dry. The cause is under investigation.

Central Oregon District – John Day Unit:  Lightning yesterday afternoon and last night caused several fires in an area of the communities of Dayville, Spray, and Monument.  A local Incident Management Team was dispatched and has made good progress controlling two of the three major fires on ODF forestlands.  These fires are the 100-acre Street Fire, burning six miles northeast of Monument, which poses the most serious control issues at this time; the Haystack Fire, burning four miles northeast of Spray – 800 acres, and the Troop Fire, the biggest of three fires burning three miles north of Dayville, at approximately 250 acres.   

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/.

Pumice Flat – Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before).  The local South Central Oregon Incident Management Team (IC Leyland Hunter) has assumed command of the fire which is 100 percent lined today, but still at 25 acres and now at 75 percent containment.  There continues to be spot fires and isolated torching to the north end, and, as elsewhere, red flag warnings remain in effect and last night’s thunderstorms brought multiple lightning strikes to the area that are being investigated.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 85 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex – 5,699 acres, 95 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained. Management of this fire is being transitioned to a small team today, July 30, 2014.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 502 acres, 20 percent contained.  The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is monitoring the fire, burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, dropping water on hot spots, and evaluating the potential for increased activity, ready to respond if the fire moves north and threatens ODF-protected forestlands. 

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,447 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

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

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

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. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

 

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR  97310
Desk 503-945-7201
Cell   503-931-2721
jchase@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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