Current situation

Rain will move across much of the region today, Oct. 5, diminishing over the weekend. Temperatures will remain below average. Winds will vary across the region as weather systems arrive and depart. The potential for large fire initiation over the region is minimal due to the wet and cool weather today and lingering through the weekend. Fire restrictions in different parts of the state began to be lowered last week based on the local fuel conditions. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions on activities linked to fire starts or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

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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