Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

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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