Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update, September 21, 2014 @ 9 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 2
Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team

September 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:

* Washington County Emergency Operation Center
* Washington County Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Stimson Lumber Co.
* Gaston RFPD
* Forest Grove FD
* Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief


No changes to the evacuation areas. See below for more info.

Current Situation:

The #ScogginsCreekFire airshow, or at least the impressive aerial firefighting, will continue today. Overnight, firefighters continued digging line around the fire by hand.

The 597 personnel are working diligently in steep and rugged terrain with an eye to completing the line around the fire. The steps to containing the fire include:
1.Digging an initial line - from a few feet to a bulldozer blade wide - around the fire and structures at risk;
2.Improving the line by widening it so fire doesn't cross the line;
3.Laying hoses, placing water pumps, and installing plumbing along the line to get water to the fire;
4.Mop-up is done to eliminate all heat sources from the edge of the fire ranging from 100-300 feet into the burned area, "the black", to ensure the fire doesn't spread;
5.Declare the fire contained.
While hand crews dig the line along the sides of the fire, aircraft are often used to stop the head of the fire (the direction the fire is heading).

The work done over the past 24 hours greatly reduced the smoke from the #ScogginsCreekFire. Despite keeping the smoke to a minimum on the #ScogginsCreekFire, people may see smoke from other wildfires painting the sky.

"We're looking forward to declaring the fire contained," commented Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Chris Cline. "In the meantime, we're doing all we can to keep our firefighters and the public safe."

Fire at a Glance (09/21/14)
Size: 307 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: 9-24-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 20
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 5
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 597
Estimated Costs to Date: $991,251

Evacuation Levels:
Level 1 - Ready- 146 with 30-40 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road and 116 homes in the Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District.
Level 2 - Set - 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggins Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road. All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that intersects with SW West Shore Road.
Level 3 - Go - 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggins Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection and all residences on Sain Creek Road.

For more information about evacuations call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, "At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County. Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed."

For More Information:

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

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.

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