Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

































Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rye Valley Fire Evening Update, July 24, 2014 @ 9 p.m.


 

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

 
 

Rye Valley Fire

Evening Update
July 24, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

 


 

 

Fire At A Glance

 
The Rye Valley Fire, located 15 miles northwest of Huntington, is one of about a dozen fires that resulted from lightning activity that passed through central and eastern Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
Driven by strong winds and light fuels, the fire has burned 1,392 acres. No residences or other buildings have been lost thanks in large part to structure protection provided by the Baker County Structural Task Force.
 
Three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a Type II (medium size) helicopter supported fire crews and equipment on the ground to establish containment lines around the fire. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.
 
The Blue Mountain Interagency Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) made considerable progress Thursday and handed the assignment over to Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type II IMT #3 (Incident Commander Dan Thorpe) Thursday evening.
 
Favorable weather is expected over the next two days that will help firefighters in the suppression effort.
 
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Size: 1,392 acres
 
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
 
Containment: 20%
 
Cause: Lightning
 
Personnel:
Air Tankers: 3 SEATS
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  9
Water Tenders:
Dozers: 5
 
Estimated Cost:
 
Evacuations: None
 
Structures: 0
 
Closures/Restrictions:  
 
Announcements: None
 

 

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



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