Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

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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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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