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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire - morning update , Aug. 31

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today.  The mapping unit mapped the fire at 2,984 acres.  There was minimal growth in the fire size since Saturday night. 

The fire perimeter is mapped at 14.23 miles. To put this another way, imagine walking from downtown Portland to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington.
Yesterday's approximate half inch of rain helped the fire fighters efforts by wetting the fuels and extinguishing light smokes.  No rain is forecasted for today.   Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will keep the fire activity to a minimum. 

Fire fighters will focus on completing the fireline around the entire perimeter today, mostly on the west side.  Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel stated "Today's mission is clear - with a good day of hard work, we can fill in the gaps and get a line tied around this fire". 

On portions of the fire where the line is completed, crews will begin to lay hose and fittings in preparation for the next phase: mop-up. 

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters. 

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

Size:   2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation  
Containment:  10%
Crews: 18                                         
Air Tankers: 0 
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 6     
Dozers: 7        
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 350
Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854
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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.

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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