2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches 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.







Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire - update Aug. 31, evening

Current Situation:
Today’s goal for the fire fighters was to complete the fireline around the entire fire perimeter.   Hand crews and dozers will continue working through tonight to try meet that goal. 

Although the fire didn’t increase in size today, the warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity affected fire behavior.  Moderate burning and smokes were visible and some torching of timber was seen on the west side of the fire.

On the east side of the fire, where there are lighter fuels and fewer hot spots, crews were able to start mop-up.  The spot fire in the southern portion of the fire is 100% lined and mop-up has begun. Crews assisted by helicopter water drops focused on extinguishing any fire outside the perimeter.  Fallers continue working on dropping snags along roads.

Dennis Perilli, fire behavior analyst, commented that “While yesterday’s rainfall helped dampen the lighter fuels and extinguish small smokes -it didn’t soak into the larger fuels enough to put the fire out.”

Firefighter resources are expected to remain the same over the next 2-3 days with both day and night shifts. 

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.
 
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size:   2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment:  10%
Expected full containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
  Hand crews:        18                 
  Air Tankers:          0 
  Helicopters:          5 
  Engines:                6      
  Dozers:                  7         
  Water Tenders:     6
  Total personnel: 423
Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854
For More Information:
CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com
 

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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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