· West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire started Tuesday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 120 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. 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). Wallowa Lake State Park is serving as fire camp to support crews and resources. Please use caution in the area. A public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Lake Fire Hall. For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/
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 45% contained. Additional road closures have been announced for the area and can be found at the fire’s Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ABOUT THIS UPDATEODF 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 OREGONMore 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 & LINKSODF 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 MEDIANews 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 OfficerDesk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
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