2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







Monday, September 8, 2014

Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3

Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander


Yellow Point Fire


September 8, 2014 Update

Firefighters completed hand line overnight around the Yellow Point Fire. Today, crews will focus on holding the established line and begin mop up operations. The fire now stands at 746 acres with 15 percent containment.

The Meteorologist assigned to the fire is calling for optimal conditions for the suppression effort through Tuesday. Continued onshore flow from the coast will facilitate higher humidity and lower temperatures. Crews are taking advantage of these favorable conditions before the weather changes for the worse on Wednesday. At that time, the winds are expected to shift out of the east, which will elevate fire behavior.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures 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.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 746 acres

Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove

Containment: 15%

Cause: Under Investigation

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

Evacuations: None

Structures Threatened: 0

For More Information: 541-935-4420





 

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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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