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





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - July 27, 2014

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

Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 50 percent contained, the fire is burning on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. Two structures have been lost. There are six structures still threatened, but the evacuation status was reduced earlier to Level 1 (“ready”). Hand crews will continue to work at the fire line to bring it to a minimum of 100 feet into the fire’s interior and 300 feet around structures. Thunderstorms are forecast for today and throughout the week. Today’s storm will be dry with moisture increasing through Friday. Resources assigned to the fire include: five hand crews, 15 fire engines, five water tenders, three bulldozers and four helicopters. Total Personnel at the fire: 225. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. The Ferguson Fire was reported July 25. Cause is under investigation.

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple lightning-caused 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 complex is now 100 percent contained and in full mop-up. No spread is expected. A total of 400 personnel remain at the complex. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. The lightning-caused fire is currently 97 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team transferred command to a Type 3 team this morning.

Sunflower Fire – The lightning-caused fire is 7,175 acres and 90 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. Firefighters continue to secure fire lines and complete restoration work. Command was transferred to a Type 3 team on July 26.

Rye Valley Fire – The lightning-started fire is 1,434 acres and 75 percent contained. Reported July 24 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands near the community of Huntington, Oregon, near the Idaho border, the fire soon spread to private lands. ODF Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. Today firefighters will complete direct fire line where possible and burn out unburned fuels where indirect line is constructed. Mop-up and rehabilitation work will continue.

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/.)

 Kitten Complex - 22,685 acres, 45 percent contained.

 Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Pine Creek Fire 30,245 acres, 97 percent contained.

 Black Rock Fire 35,938 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained.

 Bridge 99 Complex - 5,084 acres, 81 percent contained.

 Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 79 percent contained.

 Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

 Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

 Buzzard Complex 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 75 percent contained.

 Logging Unit Fires 10,480 acres, 80 percent contained.

 Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 90 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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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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