Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Aug. 6, morning

Fire Update – Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.

Large Fires within ODF protection:

New large fires:

Central Oregon District: 

Rowena Fire: an approximately 200 acre fire six miles west of The Dalles started about 9 p.m. August 5.  The Incident Commander John Buckman and the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 will assume command of this fire today. Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Conflagration Act to authorize the State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fires.
Structures: 70 homes threatened.
Personnel and equipment: 59 personnel and structural equipment in place.  Three structural protection task forces have been requested. Task Force 1 from Washington County and Task Force 2 from Columbia County are on scene. Task Force 3 from Yamhill County is en route. Other personnel and equipment have been ordered.
Evacuations: Wasco County Sheriff’s Office evacuated 7 homes as of last night. The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Mosier Grange Hall for those displaced by the fire.
Media: A media staging area has been established at Rowena River Road. The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Justin DeRuyter will meet you there. Take the Rowena exit from I-84, take a left back under the I-84 freeway. You will see the staging area on the right.


Updates:

Southwest Oregon District:  
Beaver Complex (Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires): Yesterday, Initial Attack crews located and contained 3 lightning fires that started within the team’s responsibility.             

Salt Creek Fire:  a 155 acre fire is 95% contained. This lightning caused fire 20 miles northwest of Medford started July 30.

Oregon Gulch Fire: covers 36,723 acres (about 9,500 in California) is 35% contained. Lightning also caused this fire, 15 miles east of Ashland, on July 30.                      
Personnel and Equipment: 49 crews, 96 engines, 39 dozers, 23 water tenders, 20 helicopters, 2 air tankers, and 1,720 personnel
Evacuations:  Level 2 evacuation in Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to California border.
Level 2 evacuation notice in place for the Copco road on the 6000 block south to the Oregon border.  Level 1 evacuation notice in place for Hwy 66 from the Green Springs Fire Station to the 2000 block on Hwy 66.  Buildings: 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.
More information:
Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information Number:  530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a


Northeast Oregon District:  

5 Mile Fire: a 4,500 acre fire is 20% contained.  It started August 3 and is 20 miles northeast of Enterprise and 2 miles south of Imnaha.
Personnel and Equipment: 256 personnel
Evacuations: Wallowa County Sheriff Office issued a Level 1 “Get Ready” evacuation notice to the Imnaha community at 6AM Aug. 5. The fire is about 2 miles south of Imnaha.
More information:  
             http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/.
 Community Meetings are scheduled in Imnaha August 6th at 5 pm at the church and in                                  Joseph on August 7th at 6 pm at the Community Center.


Central Oregon District: 

South Fork Complex (Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork Fires): these July 31 lightning caused fires cover 35,965 acres are 15% contained.
Personnel: 528
Evacuations: The Grant County Sheriff’s Department has issued a Level 1 Evacuation for the area south of Highway 26, west of 21 Road (Fields Creek) and east of 42 Road (South Fork of the John Day River)
More information:  
             http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
 Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636
 southforkcomplex.blogspot.com


Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell   (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us



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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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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.



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