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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14

Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 11, 2014 Update

The water is flowing on the Yellow Point Fire. More than 25 miles of hose has been strung throughout the mountainous terrain and 15 tenders are working in assembly line fashion distributing water to the line. If stretched in a straight line, the hose would reach from the fire all the way to Cottage Grove.

Mop up is in full gear as crews continue to brace for Red Flag Warning weather that is expected to develop Thursday through Friday. The goal is to be mopped in 300 feet from the fire perimeter.

Fire crews will also be on patrol for spot fires. Firefighters are using infrared cameras to locate hidden hot spots near the line that will enable them to search out and destroy any potential threat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. Unnecessary human caused fires will only pull needed resources away from the task at hand.


Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 45%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures: 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. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Total Personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,361,271

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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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