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.







Friday, September 12, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

NEW FIRESNo new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.
CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
  • Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 51% contained. Firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today and through the weekend. Road closures are still in effect and can be found at the fire’s Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. 
  • West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Cause is under investigation. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.
FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.
For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.
NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481
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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander
 
Yellow Point Fire
September 12, 2014 Update
The Yellow Point Fire remains 790 acres and is now 51 percent contained.
While the fire activity has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours, firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today through the weekend. While winds are expected to subside later in the day, temperatures are likely to increase and stay hot through Sunday. Any fire ignition outside containment lines carries the potential for rapid fire spread.
Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.
Due to fire traffic, road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.
 
FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size:
790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 51%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);

M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). 
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Resources: crews 33; engines 27; tenders 14; dozers 1; helicopters 6
Total personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,600,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices
For More Information: 541-935-4420
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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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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.



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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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