Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many 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.

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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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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Protection jurisdiction
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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