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.







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 

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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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