Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.


































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


For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog:
www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.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, 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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