Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire update - Sept. 22

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 503-846-2999 (8 a.m. -8 p.m.)

Cooperating Partners:
• Washington Co. Emergency Operation Center\
• Washington Co. Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Co.
• Gaston Rural Fire Dept.
• Forest Grove Fire Dept/
• Washington Co. Fire Defense Board Chief
• Washington Co. Animal Services

Current Situation:
At this morning’s 5:30 a.m. briefing, Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel told the firefighters, “Today’s objective is to extinguish 100 percent of all smokes within 100 feet of the fire perimeter.”.This process is referred to as “mop-up,” which is the hard, gritty job of digging up hot spots and using water to eliminate all heat to 100 feet inside the perimeter of the fire.

As crews and other resources begin demobilizing, the team and local ODF fire staff are preparing a transition plan. The team will transfer responsibilities to a smaller district organization to manage the fire after the team leaves this week. The smaller organization’s main focus will be to monitor the fire and maintain the 100-foot fire perimeter. Small smokes from the fire’s interior may be visible until the fall rains soak in and all the fire is extinguished.

Two small fronts are predicted to provide up to ¾” rain over the fire area by the end of the week. Firefighters welcome this news after a long and arduous summer of firefighting. To date, there have been no injuries to firefighters.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has reduced all evacuation orders to Level 1. Residents are able to return to their homes.

The next news release will be Sept. 23, 2014. Check social media sites for posts throughout the day.

Fire at a Glance (09/22/14)

Size: Estimated 211 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 55%

Expected Containment: 9-23-14

Crews and Equipment:
   Crews: 25
   Helicopters: 5
   Engines: 8
   Dozers: 5
   Water Tenders: 11
   Total personnel: 669

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.37 Million

For More Information:

    Twitter: @scogginsfire


 Washington County Sheriff’s office at:
 503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire


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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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. In total there are about 30.4 million 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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