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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx













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.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
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
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
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Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell   (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us 

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