Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Several new fires were reported to Salem Coordination Center in the last 24-hours.

Waterman Complex
This lightning-caused complex of fires in central Oregon was reported yesterday evening. It includes the Bailey Butte and Toney Butte Fires.

The Bailey Butte Fire, reported burning in timber, is located approximately 10 miles west of the town of Mitchell. Size of the fire is estimated at 800-1,000 acres.

The Toney Butte Fire was reported yesterday burning in grass, brush, juniper, sage and timber approximately 6 miles southwest of the town of Spray. Size is estimated at 2,000+ acres.
An interagency Incident Management Team has been assigned to the Watermen Complex.

Stage 2 evacuations were issued last night in the west branch road area near Mitchell.

Resources assigned: 20 engines, 4 crews and multiple dozers are assigned to this fire.

Fire information: 541-575-1321.

Log Springs Fire
The Log Springs fire was reported yesterday burning in timber and grass approximately 4 ½ miles northwest of Ukiah. The fire is estimated at 10 acres and is in mop up.

Bear Claw Fire
The Bear Claw Fire was reported yesterday burning in timber and grass approximately 6 miles northwest of the Log Springs Fire and 10 miles northwest of Ukiah. The fire is estimated at 26 acres and is in mop up.

Moccasin Hill Fire
The Moccasin Hill Fire, reported Sunday burning 4 miles north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is now estimated at 2500 acres. The fire has destroyed a total of 20 structures including six homes in and around the Moccasin Hill subdivision.
ODF IMT 2 assumed command of the Moccasin Hill fire yesterday afternoon. The fire made a 50-60 acre run yesterday, but the winds pushed the fire back into itself so no additional structures were lost.  The flames were quickly extinguished by 6 helicopters along with 3 air tankers.  By late afternoon, most of the smoke had cleared. Last night crews were focused on completing a secure line around the fire.  A heat seeking infra-red flight last night produced a more accurate acreage estimate and map.   
The mandatory evacuation (Level III) order issued for the Sprague River Drive area was downgraded to Level 1 Monday afternoon.
The fire is 15 percent contained and cause of the fire is under investigation.

Resources assigned: 14 crews, 2 air tankers, 10 helicopters, 33 engines, 8 bulldozers, 7 water tenders. Estimated costs to date: $1.25 M.

A Red Cross Center has been set up at the Sprague Community Center.  This continues to be a gathering place for local residents to get the latest fire information updates. Currently 100 structures remain threatened.  To date, only one non–firefighter injury has been reported.  The Moccasin Hill Fire camp is located at 21910 Sprague River Road, Chiloquin.
Fire information: Until phone lines are available at the Incident Command Post, please call the ODF office in Klamath Falls at 541-883-5681, or the SCOFMP Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for fire information, or follow the incident’s website.

White River Fire
The 570-acre White River Fire 12 miles west of Tygh Valley reported Saturday afternoon is now estimated at 65 percent contained. Significant progress was made overnight by crews mopping up the fire, increasing the number of acres inside the fire line that are fully extinguished. The increase in acreage is due to more accurate information.

Day shift crews will work to hold the recently completed fire lines on the east and west sides of the White River Canyon and run hoselays deeper into the canyon. Mop-up also continues on the high ground on the north and south sides of the canyon. Cause is under investigation.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes. Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

Resources assigned: 3 Type 2 (medium) helicopters, 2 Type 3 (light) helicopters, 8 engines, 3 bulldozers, 4 water tenders.  Fire costs to date: approximately $1.1 million. Cause is under investigation.

For more information, please follow the incident’s website.

Service Creek Fire
The Service Creek Fire, located approximately 11 miles west of Spray, Oregon, is estimated at 385 acres. This fire was 100% contained at 9 a.m. today.
2 crews are still assigned to the fire, which is in mop-up.

Over the weekend, lightning strikes across the state have started a number of smaller sized fires in various jurisdictions, including in the Willamette National Forest (contained, and called the Bingham Complex).  

Additional fire information is shared in real time on ODF and other web and social media platforms as it becomes available.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2014, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 33 fires burned 37 acres
Human-caused fires: 307 fires burned 8,781 acres
Total: 340 fires burned 8,818 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 4.415 acres
Human-caused fires: 247 fires burned 554 acres
Total: 321 fires burned 4,969 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.


OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

Oregon Department of Forestry social media
Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr links at link to our social media menu page.

Other Department of Forestry links

Other links
http://www.nwccweb.us/ (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center overview)
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov (Sortable nationwide information)
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx (Statewide air quality index readings)
http://www.keeporegongreen.org/ (Keep Oregon Green)


NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 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.

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Current wildfire info

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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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Protection jurisdiction

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. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.