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.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 29, 2014


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

Reeves Creek Fire - The fire was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m. Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire's perimeter. Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire's footprint, but none was burned. Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts. No evacuations were necessary. Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available. The Reeves Creek Fire is burning on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit. The cause is under investigation.

Ferguson Fire - Currently 200 acres in size and 100 percent contained, the fire burned on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 transferred management of the fire back to ODF's Klamath-Lake District this morning, July29. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last update on this fire.

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 reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). Currently 25 acres, burning in mixed conifer forests, aggressive suppression action being taken; all park facilities remain open.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 80 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,699 acres, 88 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.

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.

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 - 10,440 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.


Launch Fire - 100 acres, uncontained. 



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

Contact Info:
Jeri Chase
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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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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