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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scoggins Creek Fire Update September 23, 2014 @ 8 a.m. PDT

Scoggins Creek Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 23, 2014         8:00 a.m.
Fire Information Phone:  503-846-2999  until 9-26-14                                                             
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

Current Situation:
The Washington County Sheriff’s office will lift all evacuation orders today at 6:00 p.m. The Scoggins  Valley Park at Hagg Lake will reopen to the public on Wednesday (dawn-dusk)
except for Boat Ramp C, which will remain closed to support fire fighting efforts.

Last night was the final night shift for this incident. The resources assigned to today’s day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Scoggins Creek fire to ODF Type 3 Team (IC Ennenga) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District
Office. Official transition will occur on Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover equipment from the fireline.  The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season. 100% containment is expected at 6:00 p.m. today.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post.  After today, all media and public inquiries should call 503-846-2999 until Sept. 26th or call the Oregon Dept.
of Forestry’s Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191.

Fire at a Glance (09/23/14)           
Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment:  83%
Expected Containment:  9-23-14
Crews and Equipment: 
  Crews: 15                           
  Helicopters: 5      
  Engines: 8              
  Dozers: 1              
  Water Tenders: 8   
  Total personnel: 467
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.87 M

For More Information:
Twitter: @scogginsfire
Evacuations: 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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