Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 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.









Monday, August 11, 2014

Rowena Fire update - Aug. 11, morning

Rowena Fire
Morning Information Update
August 11, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Summary
A small spot fire flared up in grass and scrub oak on McCall Point (the SW corner of the fire) at approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday. It was quickly knocked down at approximately 7 acres by using water bucket drops from a helicopter, engines, and crew personnel already on the fire. Control action on the spot fire continued through the remainder of the day shift. Line was constructed and hose lay installed. 
 
Following work with helicopter bucket drops, snags were felled and mop up continued on the steep slopes above the homes along Highway 30.
During the night shift, infrared cameras were used to locate remaining hot spots in the spot fire on McCall Point and around structures in Divisions A and B.

Five Department of Corrections crews were utilized in the spot fire during the night shift, to further improve the line and mop up.
The remainder of the fire looks very good. Crews are close to meeting mop-up objectives.

Structural protection
Structure protection is provided by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue through the 911 system. Wildland resources remain on the fire for mop-up.

Evacuations / Road Closures
Evacuation levels were dropped for all areas except Rowena from addresses 5220-6464 on Highway 30 to the west.
 
Highway 30 is now open.

Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal’s website: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.pdf

Fire strategy for today
Aggressive mop up will continue on McCall Point with engines and crews. Helicopter bucket drops will be made on the steep inaccessible slopes to cool hot spots. Roads accessing the McCall Point area will be improved. Some contingency lines will be constructed. Firefighters will continue to secure fireline and areas around homes and structures with a minimum 300 foot objective.

Warnings
The public is urged to be mindful of personal safety around ongoing firefighting operations. Aerial work with helicopters and fire related traffic increase hazards in the area.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 3,680 acres
Location: The Dalles, OR
Containment: 68%
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 402
Estimated ODF/OSFM Cost: $3,680,553
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions:
Hwy 30 W between 5220 and 6464
Media Only Contact Phone: 971-701-4193
For More Information: Information phones are staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
971-701-4186
971-701-4212
 

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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.

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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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