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.







Monday, September 1, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 morning update

Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:

Hand crews and dozers will continue the hard work of completing a line around the fire perimeter today. There is approximately 2.25 of the 14.25 miles of line left to construct.

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. Other firefighters used hand-held palm IR (infra-red) units that detect heat buried deep in the ground. Heat spots are marked for day firefighters to dig out and extinguish.

On the east side of the fire, firefighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Crews are working toward extinguishing 100% of all smokes in a 100 ft. zone in the grass/brush, 300 ft in the timber and to fall all snags within 500 ft. At morning briefing, Day Operations Chief Joe Hessel directed the crews to "Dig deep and do thorough mop-up the first time." Once hot spots are dug out, the spot is marked to be rechecked at least twice.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

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

FIRE AT A GLANCE (09/01/14)

Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 25%
Expected full containment: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 631

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million

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, 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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