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.







Saturday, September 20, 2014

News relase from the Oregon State Fire Marshal: Scoggins Creek Fire Burning Near Hagg Lake Declared a Conflagration, September 20, 2014 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT

Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Green Incident Management and structural task forces from ton, Marion and Lincoln counties are on scene.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and OSFM are working jointly on this incident to address both the wildfire and structure protection needs.

Currently there are approximately 30-40 homes on evacuation Level 3 - "Go;"
12-20 homes on Level 2 - "Set;"
and 20-30 homes at Level 1 - "Ready."

The fire is burning 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.

Current road closures:
Lee Road at West Shore.
Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance.

Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.
Fire information email address: ScogginsCreekFire@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire14
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119

Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
* Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
* After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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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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