Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































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%
Resources:
       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 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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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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