Current situation

The week of June 17-23 is shaping up to be mostly sunny and dry across the state, with summerlike temperatures everywhere except the coast.

Six ODF districts and forest protective associations are in fire season - Walker-Range Forest Protective Association, Coos FPA, Douglas FPA and the Southwest Oregon, Central Oregon and Klamath-Lake ODF districts.

Fire restrictions associated with fire season can be found on the ODF Restrictions and Closures page at this link

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waterman Complex update - July 15, p.m.

July 15, 2014 PM

Waterman Complex – Mitchell, Oregon

Start date: July 11-12, 2014
Cause: lightning
Total acres: 2,360
Containment: 0%
       Bulldozers: 4
       Hand crews: 12
       Total personnel: 300
Location:  Three fires near Mitchell, Service Creek, and Kimberly, Oregon.

Current situation: Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, assumed command of the Waterman Complex this evening.  The incident command post is located at the Mitchell High School in Mitchell Oregon.

The Complex consists of three fires:

Bailey Butte Fire – 1,040 acres, 0% contained. The fire doubled in size today moving south onto the Ochoco National Forest.  The Wheeler County Sheriff reduced the evacuation level back to a level 1 this evening at 6 pm on the West Branch Road area.  Home owners have been advised to remain on alert. Highway 26 remains closed due to very active fire behavior and hazardous falling trees. Two developed campgrounds (Ochoco Divide and Wildwood), one trailhead (Cougar East), and one organization camp (Crystal Spring) have been evacuated.

Toney Butte Fire – 1,290 acres, 0% contained. The fire became very active on the west side at approximately 3 pm.

Junction Spring Fire– 30 acres, 0% contained. Engines were able to access the top of the fire to apply water directly holding the fire at 30 acres.

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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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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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