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, August 2, 2014

Haystack Complex update - Aug. 2, evening

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

 Haystack Complex
Evening Update
August 2, 2014, 8:00 p.m.     

Fire summary
This is the third day in a row that another new fire was suppressed by the Haystack Complex firefighting resources.  The Beard Canyon Fire was detected today and was stopped at about 12 acres. It is located about 9 miles south of Fossil.  Local resources from the Fossil Sub-Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry were assisted with aviation, crew, and engine resources from the Haystack Complex.  Resources from the Complex will assist in completing and reinforcing the containment line tomorrow.

Hand-held infrared cameras will be used during mop-up tonight on the Haystack Fire to aid firefighters in finding remaining hot spots. The infrared cameras will be used on the other fires in the complex to ensure that they meet mop-up standards, also. 

Tomorrow there will again be designated initial-attack resources from those assigned to the Complex.  John Buckman, Incident Commander, observed that “keeping the fires small has kept Central Oregon open.” Fires like the Hog Ridge and School House all had the potential to close state highways and access to visitor centers like the one for the John Day Fossil Beds.

 The fires of the Haystack Complex are: the Haystack Fire, located three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,155 acres; The Throop Fire, located about three miles northeast of Dayville, mapped at 490 acres; Steet Fire, located seven miles northeast of Monument, mapped at 50 acres; Hog Ridge Fire, located nine miles northwest of Dayville, mapped at 55 acres; and the Schoolhouse Fire, located six miles east of Monument, mapped at 73 acres.

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

Fire at a Glance
Size: 1,835 acres (6 fires)

Location: Spray, Oregon

Containment: 95%

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass

Personnel: 444

Hand crews: 16

Fire engines:  17

Bulldozers: 6

Water tenders: 3

Helicopters: 2

Estimated Cost: $1,400,835

Evacuations: None

Structures destroyed: 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 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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