Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

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.
Size: 1,392 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
Containment: 20%
Cause: Lightning
Air Tankers: 3 SEATS
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  9
Water Tenders:
Dozers: 5
Estimated Cost:
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Announcements: None


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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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