Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has ended in most of Oregon as cooler temperatures, shorter days and moister conditions settle over much of the state. Exceptions are ODF-protected lands in the southern border counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.






























Friday, July 25, 2014

Rye Valley Fire Evening Update; Friday, July 25, 2014


Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

 
 

Rye Valley Fire

Evening Update
July 25, 2014

 


 

 

Fire At A Glance

Note: This will be the final day of a morning and evening news release. Beginning tomorrow, one news release will be produced in the late afternoon.
 
The Rye Valley Fire is holding at 1,392 acres and is now 35 percent contained. Firefighters’ primary objectives include strengthening established containment lines and mopping up hot spots along the perimeter of the fire to prevent future spread. They are also beginning the important task of rehabilitation in areas affected by fire suppression efforts.
 
Several islands of unburned vegetation remain within the perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to isolate these areas with additional containment lines and cooling hot spots.
 
The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper on public and private lands within the Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District and Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northeast Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 is directing the suppression effort.
 
Cooperating agencies include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington.
 
 
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Size: 1,392 acres
 
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
 
Containment: 35%
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
 
Personnel: 159
Air Tankers:
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  8
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3
 
Estimated Cost:  $400,000
 
Evacuations: None
 
Structures: 0
 
Closures/Restrictions:  
 
Announcements: None
 
For More Information: (503) 983-8897

 

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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. 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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