Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire, Morning Update Sept. 3, 2014

Current Situation:

It was a cold and very windy night on the fireline last night as the crews continued the hard work of finding any remaining smokes.  Fire Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel tasked the fire fighters with “looking for any stump holes or smokes that could come back to life after we leave”.  As the number of smoldering smokes are dwindling, so will the number of needed fire fighters.   For some crews, today will be their last shift here on this fire as the team prepares to enter the transition phase.

The team and local ODF fire staff are working on preparing a transition plan that will include a smaller organization to manage the fire after the team leaves later this week. 

Today, approximately 30 students from the local Long Creek School will tour the Incident Command Post, fire camp and the helibase. 

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR. 

Fire at a Glance:

Location: Approximately 5 miles south of the community of Monument.

Size:   2,984 acres

Containment:  62%

Expected Containment Date:  9-4-14

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, 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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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.

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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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