Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Saturday, July 26, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 26, 2014.

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

Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 20 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 Level 3 (“go”) evacuation notice has been dropped to Level 1 (“ready”). Firefighters worked yesterday and through the night to hold fire spread to a minimum. Resources assigned to the fire include: eight hand crews, eight fire engines, two water tenders, two bulldozers and five helicopters. Total Personnel at the fire: 189. 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 currently 95 percent contained and in full mop-up. No spread is expected. A total of 708 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 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort.

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 completed fire lines, mop-up hot spots, and perform suppression damage repair.

Rye Valley Fire – The lightning-started fire is 1,392 acres and 35 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. Yesterday firefighters worked on tightening fire lines, as well as mop-up and rehabilitation work.

 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 - 22,428 acres, 30 percent contained.

 Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 90 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 - 5,699 acres, 74 percent contained.

 Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 69 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, 50 percent contained.

 Logging Unit Fires 10,488 acres, 75 percent contained.

 Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.

 Gumboot Fire – 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

 
FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

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Current wildfire info

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.



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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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