All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire - 6 p.m., Aug. 30 update

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander Chris Cline
Fire information phone: 541-421-3039

CURRENT SITUATION
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's (ODF) Central Oregon District Type 3 Team transferred command of the Lost Hubcap Fire to ODF Incident Management Team 2 at noon today.

The fire was reported on Aug. 29, 2014, at approx. 1 p.m., burning on Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Prineville District and private lands in timber and grass fuels.

Local private firefighting resources along with fire departments from Long Creek, Monument, Mt. Vernon, John Day, Canyon City and Prairie City assisted ODF in initial-attack. There were four structures initially threatened but protected by the efforts of the local fire departments.

The fire is located approx. five miles south of Monument, Oregon. Initially the fire was reported at one acre and quickly grew to over 100 acres due to a combination of dry fuels, topography, and winds that pushed the fire southeast nearly four miles to more than 1,000 acres in size.

In addition to the team, more hand crews, fire engines and overhead personnel are arriving today. IC Cline said that "Our objectives are clear: We will work to establish control lines and minimize the fire's growth."

The fire team operations section is on the fire line actively engaged in suppression efforts.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Oregon. News releases will be issued twice daily.

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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 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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Protection jurisdiction

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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.



Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.