Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rowena Fire - update Aug. 12 morning

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team #1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Rowena Fire
Morning Information Update
August 12, 2014
Mop-up continues on the 3,680-acre Rowena Fire, particularly on the west end above the homes on Highway 30 and in the area of McCall Point. Helicopters on Monday dropped buckets of water onto hot spots in the canyon below McCall Point; fire crews have limited access to this area, which is steep and dangerous due to rock slides and falling trees. 
The fire is now 90% contained and command of the fire is being transferred to a Type 3 Incident Management Team (IC Burin) at 1:00 p.m. today. ODF’s Incident Command Team #1 assumed fire suppression responsibility for the fire Aug. 6. Team #1 personnel are returning to their home units today and tomorrow, and will be ready for a new fire assignment by Friday.

Structural protection
Structure protection on the Rowena Fire is provided by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue through the 911 system.

Evacuations / Road Closures
All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.

Smokes located in interior portions of the fire will continue to be visible for some time, especially in the west end where there are heavier fuels and steep terrain that did not get mopped up by ground personnel. Rolling debris in the Highway 30 corridor is also likely.
Safety tips and information for residents who are returning to their homes can be found here on the Oregon Fire Marshal’s website:

Size: 3,680 acres

Location: The Dalles, OR

Containment: 90%

Cause: Under Investigation

Transition Resources:
· 80 personnel
· 3 crews
· 6 wildland fire engines
· 1 helicopter
· 1 bulldozer
Estimated ODF/OSFM Cost: $4.3 million

Fire Status, Evacuation Levels and Road Closure Information: Call ODF’s The Dalles Unit (541) 296-4626 or Mid Columbia Fire-Rescue, (541) 296-9445.

Online: InciWeb (

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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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