Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Haystack Complex Evening Update, Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 8 p.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Haystack Complex
Evening Update
August 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m.             

A new start, the School House Fire was detected at 11:30 a.m. today and an aggressive initial attack with pre-identified resources assisted by helicopters held its growth to 40-50 acres. This fire is located about 6 miles due east of Monument now joins the initial fires of the Complex; Haystack, Steet, and Throop and the Hog Ridge fire detected July 31.  Without the task force of a crew, engines, and dozer along with helicopter support it would have likely grown much larger.  This fire like the other ones in the Complex was started by lightning.

Mop-up work continues on the Haystack and Steet fires, the Throop fire has been contained.  Tonight firefighters will be assisted by hand held infrared cameras on the Haystack Fire capable of seeing heat invisible to the eye.  Situation Unit Leader, Jasen McCoy describes the IR cameras benefiting work two ways “focusing the fire fighters work on where it’s needed and making sure the job is done right”.  Meeting the mop up standard set by Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District continues to be an objective of the Haystack Complex.

Another objective is supporting the initial attack efforts on fires within the Haystack Complex area.  This may happen day or night and firefighters heading to the line tonight and were asked to stay flexible and respond to new fires if needed.  Tomorrow three task forces, each comprised of a crew, two engines, and a dozer will be pre-identified to respond to new fires.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are; the Haystack Fire, located three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,155 acres; Throop Fire located about three miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres; Steet Fire located seven miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres; Hog Ridge fire located nine miles northwest of Dayville mapped at 55 acres; and the Schoolhouse Fire.

Cooperators on the fires include: Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.


Fire at a Glance
Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 80%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 498
Crews: 18
Engines:  17
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 1 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $1,006,600
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253

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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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