Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire, Evening Update Sept. 3, 2014

The Lost Hubcap Fire is located approximately 5 miles south of the community of Monument. Fire fighters have spent the last two days mopping–up without the need for helicopter water drops.  The last two days have really paid off, as the fire fighters have progressed to the final step- fire suppression repair. 
This involves mitigating the effects of potential erosion on the fire line.  The following actions will be taken:
  • Remove all litter from the fire area.
  • Remove all excess firefighting equipment from fire.
  • Waterbar all control lines (dozer and hand) as appropriate to protect water quality.  
  •  Remove any soil material immediately adjacent to stream beds to protect dry and wet streams.
  • Dozer-created berms will be back-bladed to a near natural state.
  • Remove any structure from streams.
  • Pre-existing, re-opened, and new roads will be stabilized to protect water quality and road surface material.
On Wednesday, approximately 30 students (including seven foreign exchange students) from the local Long Creek School toured the Incident Command Post, fire camp and the helibase.  Head Teacher Denise Porter stated “The kids thought the ICP was good, then the fire camp was great and the helibase was awesome."

There has been one injury to a fire fighter.

Fire information at a Glance:

Size: 2,984 acres

Containment: 62%

Resources assigned: 21 crews, 5 helicopters, 19 engines, 4 bulldozers, 9 water tenders.
Total personnel: 620

Estimated costs to date: $2.28 M
Cause: Under investigation

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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.

Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.