2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire, Morning Update Sept. 4, 2014

Current Situation:

Last night was the final night shift for this incident.  The resources assigned to today’s day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming Type 3 team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Lost Hubcap Fire to an ODF Type 3 Team (IC Flock) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry John Day Unit Office.  At briefing this morning, ODF John Day Unit Forester Rob Pentzer, expressed “Thanks for making my job easy and doing a great job for the landowners”.  

Official transition will occur on Thursday Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m.  The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining smokes and recover equipment.  The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor for smokes frequently throughout the remainder of fire season.

100% containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. today.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post.  After today, all media and public inquiries should contact John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-3107.

Fire information at a glance:

Size:   2,712 acres (reduced acreage due to updated mapping) 

Containment:  87%

Expected Containment Date:  9-4-14

Resources assigned:  7 crews, 4 helicopters, 7 engines, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders

Total personnel: 275

Estimated Costs to Date: $2.87 M

Cause: under investigation

For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

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

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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 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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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