Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx






Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update - September 21, 2014 @ 9:30 p.m.


Scoggins Creek Fire - Evening Media Release – September 21, 2014
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 21, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

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

Cooperating Partners:
• Washington County Emergency Operation Center

• Washington County Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Company
• Gaston RFPD
• Forest Grove FD
• Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief

Current Situation:

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reduced all evacuation orders to Level I.

After determining the threat to homes and structures significantly decreased, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team transitioned its responsibility back to Gaston Rural Fire Protection District and returned home today. The unified effort and steady work over the weekend by the Fire Marshal’s and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s teams made it possible for those evacuated to return home tonight.

The community support and the Teams’ work also prevented the fire from spreading and burning Oregon State Capitol’s holiday tree supply. Stimson Lumber donates the holiday tree for the Capitol annually. The tree typically comes from one of Stimson’s forests near the fire. “We’re all looking forward to getting closer to the season change. Hopefully, that means a lot of rain after this long fire season,” said Incident Commander Chris Cline.

A community meeting hosted by the Gaston Fire Department tonight and attended by about 150 people was a success. The community and the agencies expressed their mutual appreciation for everyone’s cooperative effort.

Commenting on the Hagg Lake water usage to fight the fire, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District (TVID) Manager Joe Rutledge said, “120,000 gallons is insignificant to the stakeholder needs. TVID operates Scoggins Dam under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation, and coordinates daily releases for the stakeholders. The stakeholders are TVID, cities of Hillsboro, Beaverton, Forest Grove, Clean Water Services, and Lake Oswego Corp.”

Fire at a Glance:

Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 55%
Expected Containment: 9-24-14
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:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
#ScogginsCreekFire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

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

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