FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Two of three ODF Incident Management Teams are deployed on the Moccasin Hill and White River fires.
Moccasin Hill Fire
The Moccasin Hill Fire, burning just north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is 2508 acres. First reported yesterday at 2 p.m., the fire has destroyed a total of 20 structures, including six homes in and around the Moccasin Hill subdivision. As of yesterday evening, the Klamath County Sherriff Department has evacuated over 100 people from Sprague River Drive and North Arrowhead Lane. The Red Cross has set up to care for evacuees at the Sprague River Community Center. Crews continue to fight the blaze as it burns through heavy timber and brush, with lots of air attack (helicopters) underway, and 231 structures currently threatened. Cause is under investigation. For more information, please follow the incident’s website. The Moccasin Hill Fire camp is located at 21910 Sprague River Road, Chiloquin. We’re here to help in Salem, and available for all media inquiries, but if you’d like direct local information, you can call the Klamath Falls ODF Office at 541-883-5681 or the SCOFMP Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223.
White River Fire
Starting Saturday afternoon, firefighters working night and day on the 570-acre White River Fire 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, extinguished remaining hot spots inside the fire’s perimeter. Now reported at 45% contained, crews are currently improving fire lines, tightening protection barriers around the blaze, and setting hoses deeper into the area, among many other efforts. The White River Canyon includes very steep terrain, and safety is a top priority for ODF and crew. Fire costs to date: approximately $800,000. Cause is under investigation. For more information, please follow the incident’s website.
Service Creek Fire
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information (Wildfire smoke forecasts)
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov (Sortable nationwide information)
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx (Statewide air quality index readings)
http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html (Safety tips)
http://www.keeporegongreen.org/ (Keep Oregon Green)
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.