Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Yellow Point Fire update- Sept. 9


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

Yellow Point Fire
September 9, 2014 Update

Anticipating severe fire weather that is expected to arrive Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters continue to strengthen established hand lines around the Yellow Point Fire. The fire had minimal growth from yesterday and now stands at 785 acres and 25% contained.

The northeast corner has been the most active portion of the fire over the last two days. Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and track down spot fires from rolling, burning debris.

Additional road closures are expected in and near the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes. 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.

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: 785 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 25%
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
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
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Contact Info:
Tom Fields, fire incident PIO, 541-935-4420

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