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, September 22, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

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

Fire Information Phone: 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
• Washington County Animal Services

Current Situation:
At this morning’s 5:30 am briefing, Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel told the fire fighters,

“Today’s objective is to extinguish 100 % 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 from the 100 foot perimeter around 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 ft. 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. Fire fighters welcome this news after a long and arduous summer of firefighting. To date, there have been no injuries to fire fighters.

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

The next news release will be September 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 snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.

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