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 24, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 24, 2014

ODF Incident Management Team 3 was dispatched today to the Rye Valley Fire 30 miles SE of Baker City. Burning on Bureau of Land Management lands, the fire poses a threat to ODF's Northeast Oregon District, should it spread.

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

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. Lightning Tuesday evening produced three new fire starts. Firefighters performed initial attack Wednesday, and one of the fires will require additional action today. As the weather warms, firefighters will be on the lookout for sleeper fires from previous lightning strikes. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is doing maintenance on Highway 26 today, to include clearing plugged culverts, clearing ditch lines, and removing rocks from the roadway. Resources at the fire include: one hand crew, one helicopter, 34 fire engines and a total of 781 personnel. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.

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 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort.

Sunflower Fire – The fire is 7,170 acres and 70 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. Today firefighters are continuing to secure completed fire line, mop up hot spots, and rehabilitate fire line. Resources include 14 hand crews, 22 fire engines and 520 total personnel.

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/.)

Pine Creek Fire – 30,245 acres, 88 percent contained.

Black Rock Fire –35,731 acres, 90 percent contained.

Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 87 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,917 acres, 50 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 10,195 acres, 32 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

Pittsburg Fire – 8,288 acres, 100 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 41 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,350 acres, 30 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 40,575 acres, 80 percent contained.
 
Gumboot Fire - 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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