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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Haystack Complex update - Aug. 4 morning

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

Haystack Complex
Morning Update
August 4, 2014, 8:00 a.m.             

This will be the last update from Oregon Department of Forestry, Incident Management Team 1.  The transfer of management of the fire to a Type 3 Team is planned for Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014.

Today is the last planned big push day to complete mop up on the Haystack, Steet, School House, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires.    The firefighters will searching out the remaining hot spots and constructing waterbars on containment lines to minimize the effect of seasonal precipitation.  Rick Harvey, Operations Section Chief said “let’s leave it in good shape for the District.”

At this morning’s briefing John Buckman, Incident Commander listed off the District’s objectives when the team took over management of the fire and noted that they had all been met.  Buckman added a hardy “thank you” for all the good work completed and finished wishing the firefighters “good luck and be safe as you move forward this summer.”

Throop and Hog Ridge fires currently meet Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District mop up standards.  The remaining five fires are expected to meet these standards by 6:00 p.m. today.

The fires of the Haystack Complex are:

             Haystack, 1,120 acres, three miles northeast of Spray

             Throop, 490 acres, three miles northeast of Dayville

             Steet, 50 acres, seven miles northeast on Monument

             Hog Ridge, 55 acres, nine miles northwest of Dayville

             School House, 73 acres, six miles east of Monument

             Beard Canyon,12 acres, nine miles south of Fossil

             Stahl, 14 acres, 14 miles east of Fossil

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: 1,814 acres (7 fires)
Location: Spray, Oregon
Containment: 98%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Juniper, brush, grass
Personnel: 338
Crews: 11
Engines: 17
Dozers: 3
Water Tenders: 3
Helicopters: 2
Estimated Cost: $1,723,881
Evacuations: None
Structures: 0
Closures/Restrictions: None
Announcements: None

For More Information: 503-758-8253

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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 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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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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