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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-10-14

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 10, 2014 Update

Firefighters on the Yellow Point Fire are bracing for today’s change in weather. Winds are beginning to shift to an easterly flow and temperatures are expected to rise. A Red Flag Warning is expected for Thursday that will bring warm east winds and higher temperatures to the area. The predicted fire danger conditions are expected to escalate interior burning and test established containment lines. The fire stands at 790 acres and 35% contained.

Resources on the fire include 29 hand crews, 27 engines, 15 water tenders, one bull dozer and 9 helicopters. Two minor injuries have occurred.  

Additional road closures have been added in and around the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes.

New road closures include:

·         Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);

·         M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);

·         North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);

·         Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);

·         Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and;

·         Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). 

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 35%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources: Crews: 29 | Engines: 27 | Tenders: 15 | Dozers: 1 | Helicopters: 9
Total Personnel: 840
Estimated Cost: $3,025,752
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
ODF Wildfire Blog:

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481 

Connect with us: | ODF social media | State Forests Online Community 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Have a question/comment about this season's wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands that the Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects from wildfire? Let us know. Please keep your remarks civil and free of profanity.

Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at:

Current wildfire info

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.

What we do

Protection jurisdiction

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.

Fire suppression policy

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.


About Me

My photo
Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.