Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Saturday, September 27, 2014

36Pit Fire Update, 9-27-14

Several roads remain closed to the general public but open to residents.  Please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-655-8224 or go to their web site at www.clackamas.us for more information.

ODOT has opened Highway 224 to residents and workers escorted by pilot cars.  For updates related to the status of Highway 224, please contact Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) at 503-539-8454 or go to tripcheck.com.

The Mt. Hood National Forest also has fire closure areas in affect (Closure Order: MH-2014-13), for more information please visit their website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/.

The Type 3 team assumed command at 8:00 p.m. Friday, 9/26, and will release periodic updates as significant information becomes available.  503-630-1711 will remain as the fire information phone number.  Facebook and Inciweb pages may only be updated once per day.

The 36 pit fire is now estimated to be 5,520 acres in size and at 65 percent containment. At the northwest, northern, and southern perimeters of the fire, firefighters continue to patrol and complete fire suppression repair activities.  At the western flank of the fire near the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road, crews are prepping roads that will be used to reinforce the fire lines. Stopping the progression of the fire toward the west continues to be the priority.

Hazards to crews include: extremely steep terrain presenting crews with footing difficulties; rolling debris; and fire weakened trees, and muddy roads.  Heavy fuels within the fire perimeter will continue to smolder and may create visible smoke. 

The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads and to drive defensively.

Information related to smoke can be found at:  www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

For more info. on 36Pit Fire:
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE:   http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
ON FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/mthoodnf?ref=hl
           
INFO PHONE:  503-630-1711  Office Hours:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
EMAIL: 36pitfire@gmail.com 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Public wildfire restrictions eased in Douglas County


Douglas Forest Protective Association
Sept. 26, 2014
Contact: Kyle Reed, 541-672-6507 x136, kreed@odf.state.or.us

While fire season remains in effect, the recent rain showers and cooler temperatures have allowed fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to ease fire restrictions for the general public.  Campfires and fireworks are now the only restrictions under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure.  Campfires are only allowed in DFPA Designated Campgrounds (see list below) and fireworks are prohibited.  Under state law, the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition remains prohibited until fire season is terminated.

“We appreciate the help from all the public and landowners throughout the last several months of high and extreme fire conditions” says DFPA District Manager Melvin Thornton.  “Keep in mind though, fire season is still here! Fires will still burn in the fuels as they dry over the next few days, so caution and common sense is still needed while living and visiting the area.”

Burn permits for outdoor debris burning are now being issued by DFPA following an onsite inspection by a Forest Officer.  Before a burn permit can be issued, a fire trail down to mineral soil must surround the burn pile.  While burning is taking place, at least one adult with fire tools and water must remain on site until the burning is completed and the fire is put out.  Permits are only being issued for debris piles consisting of woody materials.  Garbage, plastic, rubber, and other materials cannot be burned.  DFPA burn permits are free of charge and can be obtained by calling DFPA at 672-6507 to schedule an onsite inspection.

For additional information about industrial or public use restrictions currently in effect, visit www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s information line at (541) 672-0379.

DFPA designated campgrounds:
Cavitt Creek Falls Recreation Site
Eagleview Campground
Lone Pine Campground
Millpond Recreation Site
Rock Creek Recreation Site
Susan Creek Recreation Site
Tyee Recreation Site
Amacher Park Campground
Douglas County Fairgrounds Campground
Pass Creek Campground
Stanton Park Campground
Chief Miwaleta Campground
Whistler's Bend Campground

FireWise communities spreading across SW Oregon

September 26, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Southwest Oregon District

Contacts:
Kaitlyn Webb, Medford Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 620-1572
John O’Connor, Medford Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 621-1168                

An active fire season in southwest Oregon comes as no surprise. Both smoky skies accompanied by frequent firefighter traffic are common sights. Damage of personal property and livelihood due to forest fires are also a concern—a concern that has recently been attracting more attention and the prompting of local action. Individuals are understanding the importance of defensible space around their homes as well as their neighborhoods. Firewise, a nationwide program is aiding in the promotion of this awareness and in taking steps to empower local communities to take action. There are currently 55 recognized Firewise Communities in Oregon, 6 of which have been established in 2014.

John O’Connor, a Firewise Specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry describes this program as, “Neighbors working with neighbors to help make their communities safer from wildfire.” The goal is to create communities that can survive fires through fuels reduction. Since wildfires threaten entire communities, not just a single home, it is crucial for all members to be aware of elements that increase fire potential so that these can be eliminated in order to create defensible space around homes and properties. In urban areas, fire can jump from home to home. In more rural areas, fire can feed off the flammable vegetation between properties, which means that it must be a communal effort to create safer communities.

Flames do not have to be surrounding a neighborhood for the structures and properties to be at risk. Fire-spreading embers can drift miles from the actual fire presenting a danger to surrounding residents. Wisely selecting less flammable building materials for the roof and keeping gutters and roofs clear of leaves or needles can minimize the risk of ignition from drifting embers. Elements such as untreated decks or woodpiles near a home increase vulnerability to ignition and should be mitigated.

Firewise offers a wealth of information, property assessments, possible funding for fuel reduction assistance, as well as continual support and guidance regarding the plans a community sets in place for future sustainability and improvement of defensible space.

The rewards of a proactive and fire aware community far outweigh the efforts required. Being a Firewise Community enhances the safety of your home, builds community, and provides a framework for future action. Being fire ready reduces the risk of damaged structures and property in the event of a fire.

Contact one of these Firewise Communities specialists to learn how your neighborhood can become more resilient to wildfire by becoming a Firewise Community or visit www.firewise.org

John O’Connor, Josephine County Firewise, (541) 621-1168 Bob Schumacher, Grants Pass Fire and Rescue, (541) 450-6205 Ashley Lara, Ashland Fire and Rescue, (541) 552-2231

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

36 Pit Fire - Final update, Sept. 25, 2014

The Clackamas County Sheriff has lifted all evacuation notices.  Several roads remain closed to the general public, but open to residents.  Please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-655-8224 or go to their web site at www.clackamas.us for more information. 

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has opened Highway 224 to residents and workers escorted by pilot cars.  For updates related to the status of Highway 224, please contact ODOT at 503-539-8454 or go to tripcheck.com

This will be the last fire update produced by the Washington Incident Management Team 2.  The Type 3 Team will assume command at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26.   Periodic updates will be released as significant information becomes available.  The public phone line for the 36 Pit Fire will remain the same.  For information on the current fire situation you can continue to call 503-630-1711.  The Mt. Hood Facebook and Inciweb pages may only be update once per day as information is gathered.
 
At the northwest, northern, and southern perimeters of the fire, firefighters continue to mop up hot spots, remove water hoses, and complete fire suppression repair activities.  At the western flank of the fire near the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road, crews are improving fire lines and mopping up hot spots 200-300 feet in from the fire perimeter.  Four and a half miles of “prepping” on the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road as well as roads at the head waters of the South Fork of the Clackamas River are expected to be completed by end of today’s shift.  Small trees and brush are being removed and chipped to reinforce fire lines.  Stopping the progression of the fire toward the west continues to be the priority.  Demobilization of fire crews has begun with twelve crews and two dozen engines completing their assignments today.
 
The 36 Pit Fire is now estimated to be 5,520 acres in size and at 55 percent containment. Hazards to crews continue which include extremely steep terrain presenting crews with footing difficulties, rolling debris, fire weakened trees, and muddy roads. 
 
Members of the public have been inquiring about the effects of the fire.  The intensity of the fire has varied within the fire area.  Some areas of the fire have intensely burned consuming all vegetation while other areas have burned moderately or lightly where the effects of the fire can be characterized as a mosaic burn.

Last night, a public meeting was held at the First Baptist Church in Estacada. Community members attending the meeting gave fire officials a positive response to the fire suppression effort and to future suppression plans.

P.A.C.E.
 
There are many factors that contribute to a safe and effective operation, but one of the most important is planning.  Washington Incident Management Team 2 advocates the use of a P.A.C.E. operation model as one tool to optimize performance.  P.A.C.E. is an acronym that stands for Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency plans.  Many understand the value of a “Plan B”, but frequently an alternate plan is never developed.  P.A.C.E. advocates developing second, third, and fourth options in advance.  The military has used the P.A.C.E. model for some time to manage the risks of combat operations.  While the specific risk factors and consequences may be different in the civilian world, the value of thorough planning and preparation applies to virtually all endeavors, particularly complex ones.  Washington Incident Management Team 2 uses P.A.C.E. to continually remind managers, supervisors, and firefighters to be alert to changes in their situation and be prepared with appropriate responses.

The Lazy Bend Camp and Work Center is closed.
Promontory Park is closed.
The La Dee OHV area is closed.

Members of the Washington Incident Management Team 2 would like to thank the public for their continued patience and support during the 36 Pit Fire. 

For more information on the 36 Pit Fire call (503) 630-1711.  For information related to smoke go to:  www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.  

 

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Central Ore. hunter info booths open next week

September 25, 2014                                       

Contact:
Chris Dayton
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
541-549-2731, cdayton@odf.state.or.us  

Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations. 

Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery. Central Oregon has experienced an active wildfire season this summer. The message to hunters and recreationists is: Call ahead for the area you are visiting to find out the current fire use restrictions. They can quickly change and vary from place to place. Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

 The Dalles:

                Memaloose Rest Area
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 – 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

                Dodson Road
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Pine:

                La Pine at “Rays”
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Prineville:

                Prineville at “Rays”
                                Wednesday, Oct. 1 – 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                Thursday, Oct. 2 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                Friday, Oct. 3 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Highway 58:

                Milepost 71
Thursday, Oct. 2 – 10 a.m. to dark
Friday, Oct. 3 – 9 a.m. to dark      

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative.


 

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scoggins Valley Park at Hagg Lake to Re-open Wednesday

Washington County issued the following news release on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 @ 2 p.m. PDT

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With the Scoggins Creek Fire approaching full containment, Washington County officials plan to re-open Scoggins Valley Park at Hagg Lake at dawn Wednesday, September 24. The park had been closed since September 19 due to the Scoggins Creek Fire that had engulfed just over 200 acres of privately owned forest land.

State officials plan to monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season.

“We are thankful to our neighbors throughout the Hagg Lake area who were affected by this fire and to the patrons of Scoggins Valley Park for their patience throughout this ordeal,” said Todd Winter, park superintendent. “We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all the first-responders and their home and supporting agencies. The bravery, professionalism and commitment demonstrated throughout this incident has been tremendous.”

The Scoggins Creek Fire drew an immediate response from the Gaston Rural Fire District, Cornelius Fire, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, MetroWest Ambulance and the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency. Support also came from the American Red Cross, Clean Water Services, Gaston School District, Hillsboro Water Department, the Joint Water Commission, Stimson Lumber, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Washington County Fire Defense Board, Washington County Animal Services, Washington County Emergency Management, Land Use and Transportation and Public Health.

With help from the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Governor’s Office, command of the incident transitioned to state incident management teams directing fire suppression operations by state wildland fire fighters from throughout Oregon.

Coordination of this multi-agency effort came from the emergency operations centers that activated at Washington County and at the cities of Cornelius, Forest Grove and Gaston. The federal and state agencies supporting the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center also contributed to the effort.

Created by Scoggins Dam in 1975, Hagg Lake was designed as a reservoir for drinking, agricultural and commercial uses. Through a cooperative agreement with the lake’s owner, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Washington County operates Scoggins Valley Park as a site for boating, fishing and other recreational uses.

Contact:
Todd Winter, Scoggins Valley Park Superintendent, 503-357-5732,
Todd_Winter@co.washington.or.us
Philip Bransford, Communications Officer, Washington County Administrative Office, 503-846-8685, Philip_Bransford@co.washington.or.us

Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

New fires
The Jewel Road Fire was reported yesterday burning 7 miles west of Dufur in grass, brush and oak.  6 engines, 2 crews, 2 helicopters and 2 bulldozers responded to this fire, which grew to 33 acres.  The fire is now contained and in mop-up by local unit resources this morning.

Current large fires:

Scoggins Creek Fire
The 211-acre Scoggins Creek Fire burning 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake near Forest Grove is now 83 percent contained. The Washington County Sheriff’s office will lift all evacuation orders today at 6:00 p.m. The Scoggins  Valley Park at Hagg Lake will reopen to the public on Wednesday (dawn-dusk) except for Boat Ramp C, which will remain closed to support firefighting efforts.

Last night was the final night shift for this incident. The resources assigned to today’s day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Resources assigned:
15 crews, 5 helicopters, 8 engines, 1 bulldozer, 8 water tenders and 467 personnel are assigned to this fire.
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.87 M

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Scoggins Creek fire to ODF Type 3 Team (IC Ennenga) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Office. Official transition will occur Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover equipment from the fireline. 

The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season. 100% containment is expected at 6:00 p.m. today.

Fire Information Phone: After today, all media and public inquiries should call 503-846-2999 until Sept. 26th or call the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191.
             
Cooperating Partners:
•           Washington Co. Emergency Operation Center
•           Washington Co. Sheriff
•           American Red Cross
•           Stimson Lumber Co. 
•           Gaston RFPD
•           Forest Grove FD
•           Washington Co. Fire Defense Board Chief

For More Information:


Twitter: @scogginsfire 
#ScogginsCreekFire

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/
Evacuations:  Washington County Sheriff’s office at:  503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

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/

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

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , 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.
Cynthia Orlando (through 9/28) (503)945-7421 / (503) 510-7972
 

Scoggins Creek Fire Update September 23, 2014 @ 8 a.m. PDT

Scoggins Creek Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 23, 2014         8:00 a.m.
Fire Information Phone:  503-846-2999  until 9-26-14                                                             
            
Cooperating Partners:

•           Washington County Emergency Operation Center
•           Washington County Sheriff
•           American Red Cross
•           Stimson Lumber Co. 
•           Gaston RFPD
•           Forest Grove FD
•           Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief

Current Situation:
The Washington County Sheriff’s office will lift all evacuation orders today at 6:00 p.m. The Scoggins  Valley Park at Hagg Lake will reopen to the public on Wednesday (dawn-dusk)
except for Boat Ramp C, which will remain closed to support fire fighting efforts.

Last night was the final night shift for this incident. The resources assigned to today’s day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Scoggins Creek fire to ODF Type 3 Team (IC Ennenga) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District
Office. Official transition will occur on Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover equipment from the fireline.  The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season. 100% containment is expected at 6:00 p.m. today.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post.  After today, all media and public inquiries should call 503-846-2999 until Sept. 26th or call the Oregon Dept.
of Forestry’s Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191.

Fire at a Glance (09/23/14)           
Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment:  83%
Expected Containment:  9-23-14
Crews and Equipment: 
  Crews: 15                           
  Helicopters: 5      
  Engines: 8              
  Dozers: 1              
  Water Tenders: 8   
  Total personnel: 467
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.87 M

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
         #ScogginsCreekFire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/
Evacuations: Washington County Sheriff’s office at:  503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jewel Road Fire burning west of Dufur in The Dalles Unit

The Jewel Road Fire was reported around 1 p.m. today burning seven miles west of the community of Dufur in The Dalles Unit of the Central Oregon District. The Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are fighting the fire. Resources include: two helicopters, two bulldozers, six fire engines and two hand crews. the fire is actively burning in grass, brush and oak fuels in rolling terrain. Cause is under investigation.

36 Pit Fire Update September 22, 2014 @ 1 p.m.

Washington IMT 2 Incident Commander – Bruce Holloway
ODF Incident Commander – Russ Lane

36 Pit Fire Update
September 22, 2014 – 1:00 PM

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE:   http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
FIRE FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/mthoodnf?ref=hl
INFO PHONE:   360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711                           Office Hours:  8:00 am -8:00 pm
EMAIL: 36pitfire@gmail.com                         


Yesterday was another productive day for firefighters suppressing the 36 Pit Fire.  Crews and aircraft continued to secure the line at the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road.  Retardant planes, helicopters with water buckets, and water scoopers assisted in keeping the fire spread to a minimum.  With the challenging weather and wind conditions yesterday, approximately 95,400 gallons of water and 31,045 gallons of retardant were used to fight the fire. Dozers and hand crews on the ground held the fire line and extinguished spot fires as they occurred. 

Today, weather conditions will be favorable allowing firefighters to continue to make good progress.  Higher humidity levels, cooler temperatures, and light winds are expected.  At the northwest, northern, and southern perimeters of the fire, crews continue to mop up hot spots 100-300 feet in from the fire perimeter. These portions of the fire are becoming more secure with each work shift. Crews have been reassigned from the northern perimeter of the fire to the western flank at the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road.  Eleven twenty-person crews including five elite Hot Shot crews are assigned to the western portion of the fire.  Thirteen engines are also assigned to hold the fire at the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road, and dozers are working to improve and strengthen the fire line.  The continued priority is to halt the progression of the fire to the west.

Helicopters with water buckets and other aircraft will be used as necessary to support crews on the ground today. Two Type 1 heavy helicopters, one medium Type 2 helicopter, and two light Type 3 helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. 

Fire behavior is expected to be minimal at the northwest and northern portions of the fire perimeter.  Fire located within the South Fork of the Clackamas River is expected to be terrain driven with periodic and minimal spread moving upslope toward the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road. 

The fire is now estimated to be 5,424 acres in size and is now 45 percent contained. The 78 acre spot fire located to the northwest of the main fire is now completely mopped with no hot spots or smoke visible.  Hazards to crews include: extremely steep terrain on slopes in excess of 60 degrees presenting crews with footing difficulties; rolling debris; and fire weakened trees.  Heavy deep fuels also present challenges to contain the fire.

The Clackamas County Sheriff has made recent changes to the evacuation notices.

Level 1 – Hillockburn Rd. east of Habelt and Silver Fox RV
Evacuation levels have been lifted for all areas including the following:

·       All homes on the east side of Habelt Rd. to Skinner Rd.
·       All homes on Skinner Rd. east of Habelt Road
·       All homes on the east side of Kinzy Rd. north of Skinner Rd. to the intersection with Tucker Rd.
·       All homes on Brief Rd.
·       Residents of SE Fall Creek Rd.
·       Residents of Michaels Rd.
·       Residents of Tumala Mountain Rd. east of Divers Rd. in Estacada
·       All homes on Hillockburn Rd. west of Habelt Rd. to the Dodge Church
·       All homes on Pederson Rd.

 The Lazy Bend Camp and Work Center are evacuated and closed.

Promontory Park is closed.

The La Dee OHV area is closed.

ROAD CLOSURES:  ODOT has opened Highway 224 to residents and workers only with valid identification.

The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads and to drive defensively.  For information related to evacuations, please go to:  http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224.  Information related to smoke can be found at:  www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com   For more information, please use the contact information listed above.

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Scoggins Creek Fire Update, September 22, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
• Washington County Emergency Operation Center
• Washington County Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Co.
• Gaston RFPD
• Forest Grove FD
• Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief
• Washington County Animal Services

Current Situation:
At this morning’s 5:30 am briefing, Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel told the fire fighters,

“Today’s objective is to extinguish 100 % of all smokes within 100 feet of the fire perimeter”. This process is referred to as “mop-up” which is the hard gritty job of digging up hot spots and using water to eliminate all heat from the 100 foot perimeter around the fire.

As crews and other resources begin demobilizing, the Team and local ODF fire staff are preparing a transition plan. The Team will transfer responsibilities to a smaller District organization to manage the fire after the Team leaves this week. The smaller organization’s main focus will be to monitor the fire and maintain the 100 ft. fire perimeter. Small smokes from the fire’s interior may be visible until the fall rains soak in and all the fire is extinguished.

Two small fronts are predicted to provide up to ¾” rain over the fire area by the end of the week. Fire fighters welcome this news after a long and arduous summer of firefighting. To date, there have been no injuries to fire fighters.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reduced all evacuation orders to Level 1. Residents are able to return to their homes.

The next news release will be September 23, 2014, check social media sites for posts throughout the day.

Fire at a Glance (09/22/14)
   Size: Estimated 211 acres
   Cause: under investigation
   Containment: 55%
   Expected Containment: 9-23-14
   Crews and Equipment:
      Crews: 25
      Helicopters: 5
      Engines: 8
      Dozers: 5
     Water Tenders: 11
   Total personnel: 669
   Estimated Costs to Date: $1.37 Million

For More Information:
  Email:  ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
  Twitter: @scogginsfire
  #ScogginsCreekFire
  Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
  InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff’s office at:  503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

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Scoggins Creek Fire update - Sept. 22


Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 503-846-2999 (8 a.m. -8 p.m.)

Cooperating Partners:
• Washington Co. Emergency Operation Center\
• Washington Co. Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Co.
• Gaston Rural Fire Dept.
• Forest Grove Fire Dept/
• Washington Co. Fire Defense Board Chief
• Washington Co. Animal Services

Current Situation:
At this morning’s 5:30 a.m. briefing, Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel told the firefighters, “Today’s objective is to extinguish 100 percent of all smokes within 100 feet of the fire perimeter.”.This process is referred to as “mop-up,” which is the hard, gritty job of digging up hot spots and using water to eliminate all heat to 100 feet inside the perimeter of the fire.

As crews and other resources begin demobilizing, the team and local ODF fire staff are preparing a transition plan. The team will transfer responsibilities to a smaller district organization to manage the fire after the team leaves this week. The smaller organization’s main focus will be to monitor the fire and maintain the 100-foot fire perimeter. Small smokes from the fire’s interior may be visible until the fall rains soak in and all the fire is extinguished.

Two small fronts are predicted to provide up to ¾” rain over the fire area by the end of the week. Firefighters welcome this news after a long and arduous summer of firefighting. To date, there have been no injuries to firefighters.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has reduced all evacuation orders to Level 1. Residents are able to return to their homes.

The next news release will be Sept. 23, 2014. Check social media sites for posts throughout the day.

Fire at a Glance (09/22/14)

Size: Estimated 211 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 55%

Expected Containment: 9-23-14

Crews and Equipment:
   Crews: 25
   Helicopters: 5
   Engines: 8
   Dozers: 5
   Water Tenders: 11
   Total personnel: 669

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.37 Million

For More Information:

    Twitter: @scogginsfire
    #ScogginsCreekFire

Evacuations:

 Washington County Sheriff’s office at:
 503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update - September 21, 2014 @ 9:30 p.m.


Scoggins Creek Fire - Evening Media Release – September 21, 2014
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 21, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

Fire Information Phone: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
• Washington County Emergency Operation Center

• Washington County Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Company
• Gaston RFPD
• Forest Grove FD
• Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief

Current Situation:

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reduced all evacuation orders to Level I.

After determining the threat to homes and structures significantly decreased, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team transitioned its responsibility back to Gaston Rural Fire Protection District and returned home today. The unified effort and steady work over the weekend by the Fire Marshal’s and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s teams made it possible for those evacuated to return home tonight.

The community support and the Teams’ work also prevented the fire from spreading and burning Oregon State Capitol’s holiday tree supply. Stimson Lumber donates the holiday tree for the Capitol annually. The tree typically comes from one of Stimson’s forests near the fire. “We’re all looking forward to getting closer to the season change. Hopefully, that means a lot of rain after this long fire season,” said Incident Commander Chris Cline.

A community meeting hosted by the Gaston Fire Department tonight and attended by about 150 people was a success. The community and the agencies expressed their mutual appreciation for everyone’s cooperative effort.

Commenting on the Hagg Lake water usage to fight the fire, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District (TVID) Manager Joe Rutledge said, “120,000 gallons is insignificant to the stakeholder needs. TVID operates Scoggins Dam under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation, and coordinates daily releases for the stakeholders. The stakeholders are TVID, cities of Hillsboro, Beaverton, Forest Grove, Clean Water Services, and Lake Oswego Corp.”

Fire at a Glance:

Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 55%
Expected Containment: 9-24-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 25
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 8
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 669
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.37 Million

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
#ScogginsCreekFire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Evacuations: Washington County Sheriff’s office at: 503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

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Scoggins Creek Fire Evacuation Update, September 21, 2014 @ 4 p.m.

Scoggins Creek Fire Evacuation Update
For immediate release
Major media distribution
September 21, 2014

Contact:
      Ashley Lertora, 503-338-8442
      Tommy Schroder, 971-295-8076
      Dave Thompson, 503-849-9235



 Evacuation Levels Lowered Scoggins Creek Fire

Effective 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 all evacuation areas affected by the Scoggins Creek Fire will be lowered to Level I - "Ready" status. Residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

Residents are reminded that there will still be large amounts of fire related equipment on the roads, so exercise caution in affected areas. Non-necessary traffic should be avoided.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team will be demobilizing from the incident today transitioning responsibility of structure protection back to Gaston Rural Fire Protection District. Oregon Department of Forestry's IMT 2 will continue working on the fire.

Hagg Lake County Park will remain closed.

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Scoggins Creek Fire Update, September 21, 2014 @ 9 a.m.


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 2
Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team

September 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:

* Washington County Emergency Operation Center
* Washington County Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Stimson Lumber Co.
* Gaston RFPD
* Forest Grove FD
* Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief

PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT AT 5:00 PM at GASTON FIRE HALL

No changes to the evacuation areas. See below for more info.

Current Situation:

The #ScogginsCreekFire airshow, or at least the impressive aerial firefighting, will continue today. Overnight, firefighters continued digging line around the fire by hand.

The 597 personnel are working diligently in steep and rugged terrain with an eye to completing the line around the fire. The steps to containing the fire include:
1.Digging an initial line - from a few feet to a bulldozer blade wide - around the fire and structures at risk;
2.Improving the line by widening it so fire doesn't cross the line;
3.Laying hoses, placing water pumps, and installing plumbing along the line to get water to the fire;
4.Mop-up is done to eliminate all heat sources from the edge of the fire ranging from 100-300 feet into the burned area, "the black", to ensure the fire doesn't spread;
5.Declare the fire contained.
While hand crews dig the line along the sides of the fire, aircraft are often used to stop the head of the fire (the direction the fire is heading).

The work done over the past 24 hours greatly reduced the smoke from the #ScogginsCreekFire. Despite keeping the smoke to a minimum on the #ScogginsCreekFire, people may see smoke from other wildfires painting the sky.

"We're looking forward to declaring the fire contained," commented Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Chris Cline. "In the meantime, we're doing all we can to keep our firefighters and the public safe."

Fire at a Glance (09/21/14)
Size: 307 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: 9-24-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 20
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 5
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 597
Estimated Costs to Date: $991,251

Evacuation Levels:
Level 1 - Ready- 146 with 30-40 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road and 116 homes in the Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District.
Level 2 - Set - 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggins Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road. All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that intersects with SW West Shore Road.
Level 3 - Go - 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggins Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection and all residences on Sain Creek Road.

For more information about evacuations call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, "At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County. Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed."

For More Information:

Email:
ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/
Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff's office at:
503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update, September 20, 2014 @ 9:40 p.m. PDT

Scoggins Creek Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2
Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team


September 20, 2014          9:40 p.m.
NEW Fire Information Line:  503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)  
Cooperating Partners:
• Washington County Emergency Operation Center
• Washington County Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Joint Water Commission
• Clean Water Services
• Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

Current Situation:
The fire is not yet contained, but firefighters made excellent progress building line around the fire today and continue that work tonight.  Helicopters and airplanes showcased their expertise scooping 120,000 gallons of water from Hagg Lake and dousing the fire.  The Fire Marshal’s Team was strategically placed to protect homes, which fortunately wasn’t necessary. No homes or structures have been damaged.

The team’s effort and less challenging winds than expected helped them make significant progress and keep smoke to a minimum. 

“This has been a team effort.  The Fire Marshal’s Team, Washington County’s Emergency Operation Center’s Team and Sheriff’s Office, and the community support has been outstanding,” said ODF Incident Commander Cline.

Tonight’s goals include:
• Building and improving line,
• Keeping structures protected, and
• Keeping firefighters and public safe.

Hagg Lake Park remains closed until further notice.  

Evacuations:
Level 1 – Ready – 30 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road.

Level 2 – Set – 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggin Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road.  All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that insects with SW West Shore Road.

Level 3 – Go – All 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggin Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection.

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District Level 1 – 116 homes.

For more information about evacuations call 503-209-5613.

The evacuation of animals has been a deep concern for both those displaced by the fire, as well as caring individuals in the community. Due to very limited animal shelter space, residents have been asked to take their pets with them or make arrangements with family, friends or commercial boarding kennels for housing their pets. For any residents with an urgent need in which they are physically unable to evacuate animals and need help, they may contact the Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Line at 503-846-2999. If you can offer space for pets or livestock to stay during the emergency, post on the Scoggins Creek Fire 2014 Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014 , or call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, “At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County.  Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed.”

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.

Fire at a Glance (09/20/14)
Size:  Estimated 300 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 6 miles west of Forest Grove
Containment:  20%
Personnel: 597
Expected Containment:  September 24

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/
Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff’s office at: 503-209-5613 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire
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36 Pit Fire Update, Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 9 a.m PDT

Washington IMT 2 Incident Commander – Bruce Holloway
ODF Incident Commander – Ross Holloway
                
36 Pit Fire Update
September 20, 2014 – 9:00 AM


FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE:   http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/  
INFO PHONE:   360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711
EMAIL:
36pitfire@gmail.com                                    
Fire Information Office Hours:  8:00 am -8:00 pm

A Public Meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 pm at the Estacada First Baptist Church, 29101 SE Eagle Creek Road.  Members of the Incident Management Team and other local officials will be present to provide information and answer questions related to the 36 Pit Fire. 

Today, weather conditions are predicted to change and are expected to be the first real test of the containment lines.  As the weather warms, increased fire behavior is expected.  East winds are expected to increase and be steady at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.  The air will also be drier and hotter with relative humidities at 26-33 percent.  Temperatures will increase to the mid-80s. A Haines Index of 5 is also forecast and means that the atmosphere will be drier and more unstable promoting more active fire behavior. 

For the last several days while cooler and more humid conditions have dominated the fire area, firefighters have aggressively built fire lines and mopped up hot spots in anticipation of today’s weather change.  Priorities today are to halt progression of the fire to the north and west.  Higher winds and temperatures along with drier conditions may cause interior islands of unburned vegetation and heavy surface fuels to burn more actively.  Single tree and group tree torching may also occur.  One result of the increased fire activity would be increased smoke and development of smoke columns.

Firefighters are doing everything they can to control fire lines today.  Yesterday and last night, firefighters continued to work hard to mop up hot spots at the northwest corner and northern perimeter of the fire.  These portions of the fire are located closest to homes and other structures.  Firefighters also completed a controlled burn out operation yesterday afternoon at the southern flank and southeast side of the fire to reinforce fire lines causing some smoke columns to be visible.  
The fire is now estimated to be 4320 acres in size and is now 40 percent contained. The fire has not moved appreciably in any direction since its initial spread last Sunday and Monday.  The 55 acre spot fire located to the northwest of the main fire is now completely mopped with no hot spots or smoke visible yesterday.  Hazards to crews include: extremely steep terrain on slopes in excess of 60 degrees presenting crews with footing hazards; rolling debris; and fire weakened trees.  Heavy deep fuels also present challenges to contain the fire. 

The Clackamas County Sheriff has also issued the following evacuation notices.  The evacuation order has been reduced for Silver Fox RV Park.  A Level 2 evacuation order was reduced for residents of Silver Fox RV Park as of 11 a.m. Thursday Sept. 17. Level 2 allows residents to return home, but they must be ready to leave if the situation changes. This had previously been a Level 3 mandatory evacuation.  An evacuation order was also reduced for SE Fall Creek Rd and Michaels Rd near 36 Pit Fire.  A Level 2 evacuation order has been issued for residents of SE Fall Creek Rd and Michaels Road as of 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17. Level 2 allows residents to return home, but they must remain ready to leave if the situation changes. This had previously been a Level 3 mandatory evacuation.  Hillockburn Road east of South Habelt Road is at Level 1 Evacuation.  Prepare for possible evacuation order issued for Tumala Mountain Road near 36 Pit Fire.  Prepare for possible evacuation order issued for Tumala Mountain Road near 36 Pit Fire.  A Level 2 evacuation has been issued for residents of Tumala Mountain Rd east of Divers Road in Estacada. The Lazy Bend Camp and Work Center is evacuated and closed.  Promontory Park is closed. The La Dee OHV area is closed.  The Red Cross shelter in Estacada is now also closed.   ODOT has opened Highway 224 to residents and workers only with valid identification.

The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads and to drive defensively.  For information related to evacuations, please go to:  http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224.  Information related to smoke can be found at:  www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com   For more information, please use the contact information listed above.

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News relase from the Oregon State Fire Marshal: Scoggins Creek Fire Burning Near Hagg Lake Declared a Conflagration, September 20, 2014 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT

Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Green Incident Management and structural task forces from ton, Marion and Lincoln counties are on scene.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and OSFM are working jointly on this incident to address both the wildfire and structure protection needs.

Currently there are approximately 30-40 homes on evacuation Level 3 - "Go;"
12-20 homes on Level 2 - "Set;"
and 20-30 homes at Level 1 - "Ready."

The fire is burning 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.

Current road closures:
Lee Road at West Shore.
Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance.

Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.
Fire information email address: ScogginsCreekFire@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire14
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119

Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
* Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
* After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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Governor Kitzhaber Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Scoggins Creek Fire

NEWS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Media Contact:
Chris Pair, 503-559-5938
Rachel Wray, 503-559-1277
 

(Portland, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 11:20 p.m. September 19, 2014, in response to the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake. The fire threatens several homes and forced evacuations after first being spotted early Friday afternoon.
"The Scoggins Creek Fire has grown quickly and already forced several families to evacuate to safety." said Governor Kitzhaber. "We are reminded that fire season is still not over and the danger to life and property persists anywhere a spark and dry fuel exists, no matter what time of year. This declaration allows us to deploy more resources to battle this fire to help residents and firefighters."

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kitzhaber determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire and that the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

The Governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The emergency was declared for the Scoggins Creek Fire only and is effective immediately.
 

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Scoggins Creek Fire Update, Saturday morning, September 20, 2014 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT

Media Release

#ScogginsCreekFire
Oregon Department of Forestry
September 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Fire Information Line: 503-357-2191

Fire at a Glance
Size: Estimated 250 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove
Containment: 0%
Expected Containment: unknown

Current Situation:
Firefighters, dozer operators, and engine crews, are working overnight to slow the fire spread while structural firefighters are staged to protect homes.
The weather Saturday could prove difficult with expected high temperatures and wind. Crews will continue aggressively fighting the fire to protect homes and natural resources.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2 will begin work Saturday morning and assume command from the local ODF team at 6:00 p.m. The team will build on the momentum created through the immediate response by the Gaston Rural Fire District, Washington County Fire District 2, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County Parks, the Red Cross, and the local Oregon Department of Forestry.

Homes along Stepien Road have been evacuated. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.
Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-357-2191 for the latest information.

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff’s office at: 503-992-3242 (recording) or Twitter: @forestgrovefire
#scogginscreekfire

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fern Ridge Fire burning east of Sublimity

The 15-acre Fern Ridge Fire reported at 3 p.m. on Friday is burning four miles east of the community of Sublimity in the North Cascade District. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has a helicopter, four fire engines and two bulldozers working the blaze. Cause is under investigation.

Scoggins Creek Fire breaks out in Forest Grove District

The 150-acre Scoggins Creek Fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Burning two miles northwest of Hagg Lake (eight miles west of Forest Grove) in the Forest Grove District, the fast-moving blaze is casting embers ahead of the flame front, starting new spot fires, and firefighters are seeing fire whirls - evidence of extreme fire behavior.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry has been joined by Gaston Fire District and other local fire departments in battling the fire, which is burning in 10-15 year-old reprod timber.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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