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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire, Sept. 2 Evening Update


Current Situation:

Crews worked all morning to strengthen the fireline in preparation for afternoon gusty winds.  The winds were reported to be 10-15 mph from the north/northwest and the lines held up well.  There was one small 10’ x 10’ spot that flared up outside the fireline.  Firefighters took immediate action to put it out quickly.  It was thought that the ember had been there since the beginning of the fire and the winds fanned it to life.

Winds are expected to continue through the night as the passing cold front from lowers the temperatures into the 40 degree range with 80% relative humidity, making it feel like low the low 30s.  Warmer temperatures are expected to return by Thursday. 

Crews will continue to work both day and night shifts for the next few days until the team transitions to a small local team. 

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:
Size:   2,984 acres

Containment: 40 %

Expected Containment Date:  9-6-14

Resources assigned: 21 crews, 6 Helicopters, 19 Engines, 5 Bulldozers, 9 Water Tenders, 622 personnel.

Est. costs to date: $1.71 M

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.


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