Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Friday, November 21, 2014

Fire season segues to accounting season

The rains have set in, and the summer wildfire season is rapidly fading into memory. For the Oregon Department of Forestry, though, the current period might be called the “accounting season.”

Paying the bills, collecting reimbursements and handling other financial tasks will take months. 2014 was a severe fire season. The state’s firefighting expenditures ran to more than $75 million. After reimbursements, the net cost is expected to be about $47 million.

Cost of the epic 2013 fire season was even higher. The department spent $122 million that year to put out fires. The net cost calculated to around $75 million.

In both years, hot, dry conditions and abundant lightning produced hundreds of fires across the Oregon landscape.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hug Point Fire - final update Nov. 14, 2014

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will continue to visually inspect mop-up activities
until all final suppression objectives are met and completed on the Hug Point Fire in the Astoria District. 


ODF extends its gratitude to the local fire departments for their assistance with fire suppression efforts and protecting the local neighborhoods. 

Astoria District Forester Dan Goody appreciates the community’s patience as ODF works with forest landowners to improve procedures to prevent similar occurrences from happening in the future. 

At this time no evacuations are in place.

There were no injuries incurred on this incident. 

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 100 acres
Cause: under investigation
Location:  Hug Point area, east of Highway 101 between mileposts 34-35.
Evacuations:  NONE
Containment:  75%
Expected Containment: Unknown
Crews and Equipment:  
Dozers/Excavators:  2 (on standby)
Crews:  3
Helicopters: 0
Engines:  3
Water tenders: 1

Total personnel:  33
Road closures: none

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, 503-338-8442
, Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hug Point Complex update - Nov. 13, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry- Astoria District
Neal Bond, Incident Commander


Crews continued to work hard through the night on keeping the fire from spreading. Although the east winds were strong through most of the night, rain started falling on the fire early this morning aiding firefighters’ efforts.  Night Operations Chief Dave Horning said “that within an hour, the rain knocked the flames down and now the firefighters are focused on digging around the stumps and piles to extinguish remaining hot spots.”  

Firefighters intend to take advantage of the rain while it lasts. The change in weather is predicted to only last a short time before the dry, cold, east wind weather pattern returns this weekend.
 Residents and motorists may experience smoky conditions in the Hug Point State Park (Hwy 101 MP 34 area) area.   

Fire at a Glance (11/13/14)

Size: 100 acres
Cause:  under investigation
Location:  Hug Point area, east of Hwy 101 between MP 34-35.
Evacuations:  NONE
Containment:  25%
Expected Containment: 
    Unknown

Crews and Equipment:  
Dozers/Excavators:  2
Crews:  5
Helicopters: 0
Engines:  3
Water Tenders: 2
Fallers: 2                

Total personnel:  68 
Closures: none

Contact:
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or
Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hug Point Complex update Nov. 12, 2014

Early Tuesday afternoon a fire was reported east of Highway 101 between Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, Oregon, on lands owned by Stimson Lumber Company. Overnight extreme east winds in excess of 40 mph with gusts over 70 mph continued to fan the fire consuming slash piles in four post-harvest units.

Stimson Lumber Company and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) personnel were on scene monitoring fire activity throughout the night. Today more firefighting resources will arrive from ODF Tillamook and Forest Grove district offices.
 
The focus for today will be to minimize fire growth by holding the fire inside the unit boundaries and start fire suppression and mop-up efforts.
 
Incident Commander Neal Bond said, ”Once the east winds die down this afternoon, we should be able to make quick progress in mop-up.”
 
At this time no evacuations are in place.
 
Residents and motorists can expect smoky conditions in the Arcadia Beach State Park (Hwy 101 MP 33 area) today as east winds persist.
 

Fire at a Glance (11/12/14)
Size:   unknown
Cause:  under investigation
Location:  Hug Point area, east of Hwy 101 between MP 34-35.
Evacuations:  NONE
Containment:  0%
Expected Containment: 
    Unknown


Crews and Equipment:   Dozers/Excavator:  3
Crews:  5
Helicopters: 0
Engines:  5
Tenders: 2
                 

Total personnel:  70 
Closures: none

Contact:
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or
Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov
 

Comments and questions

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Current wildfire info

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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Protection jurisdiction

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.



Fire suppression policy

The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.





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