Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bryant Fire - 06-26-14


Current Situation:
 
This is the final update from the Bryant Fire information desk.


Fire crews continue to make progress to contain the Bryant Fire, aided by the rainfall yesterday.

 
Wednesday’s much-reduced night shift again utilized handheld infrared cameras to detect remaining areas of heat while engine crews worked to extinguish the hot spots.

 
Equipment and personnel continue to be released from the fire as efforts begin focusing on rehabilitation of fire lines. Most of the fire damaged trees that pose a threat to firefighters have been felled.  Hand crews have begun constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and continued spreading out the berms created by the dozers.  

 
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 will transition management of the fire to the Klamath/Lake District today at noon today. 


Fire at a glance:
Size:   1,361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 95%
Expected Containment:  6/26/14
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:                 2- Type 1
                             2 - Type 2
                             2 - Camp
 Heavy air Tankers: 0   
 Single engine tankers: 0   
 Helicopters:    1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
                          1-Type 3 (Light Lift)

 Fire engines:  6 
 Bulldozers:   1   

Water Tenders:   3
Total personnel:  216
Estimated Cost to Date: $4.1 million

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bryant Fire Morning Update; Wednesday, June 25, 2014

 Bryant Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1
June 25, 2014          8:00 a.m.
Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
                 Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633 (The Information Center will be closing at 1200 on 6/26/2014) 


Current Situation:
Fire fighter crews continued to mop-up at least 100 feet and up to 500 feet in some places. With the forecasted change of weather to cooler and light rain possible in the next 24 hours, this will aid in the mop-up efforts.
During the evening, crews again utilized handheld infra-red cameras to search for any remaining hot spots.  The night hand crews worked the hot spots and flagged them for the day shift to double check and completely extinguish.
The Bryant Fire continues significant resource demobilization and is in the rehabilitation phase.  This entails the completing of falling all snags and fire damaged trees, hand held infra-red camera imagery up to 1,000 feet in heavy fuel concentrated areas.  Hand crews will begin constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and spreading out the berms created by the dozers. 
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team #1 will transition management of the fire to the Klamath/Lake District tomorrow at 1200. 
To date, no reportable injuries have occurred. 
                                
For More Information:
Social Media Resources for this fire:
Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog @ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo
Fire at a Glance (06/25/14)

Size:   1361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 85%
Expected Containment:  6/26/14
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:                 4 - Type 1
                           9 - Type 2
                             2 - Camp
 Air Tankers:    
 SEATS:            
 Helicopters:    1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
                          1-Type 3 (Light Lift)

 Engines:  6 
 Dozers:   1   

 Water Tenders:   5
Total personnel:  493
Estimated Cost to Date: $3.7 M


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bryant Fire Morning Update - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 June 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633



Current Situation:

With fire fighters completing the fire line perimeter yesterday, crews were able to mop up 100 to 500 feet in from the exterior fireline. Last night crews utilized handheld infra-red cameras to scour the landscape within 1,000 feet of the fire perimeter for any remaining hot spots. Infra–red cameras are used to reveal heat sources buried deep in the ground. Upon discovery, the spots are flagged for the night crews to work on and the next day shift to double check and completely extinguish. “This is the pick and shovel work that is necessary to keep the fire from rekindling later this summer” says Night Operations Chief John Flannigan.

On some portions of the Bryant Fire significant efforts are underway as the fire fighters start rehabilitation work; this entails falling all danger trees and snags along the fire perimeter and road systems, infra-red work, constructing waterbars on steep hand trail and spreading out the berms created by the dozers during fireline construction.


To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/ 

Social Media Resources for this fire:

Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com


South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo

Fire at a Glance
(06/24/14 at 0800)

Size: 1361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 70%
Expected Containment: 6/26/14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 - Type 1
23 - Type 2
2 - Camp
Air Tankers:
SEATS:
Helicopters: 1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
1-Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 27
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 803
Estimated Cost to Date: $3 M

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Azalea earns nat'l recognition for wildfire preparedness

Because of its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire, the Barton Road Community near Azalea has earned Firewise Communities/USA® recognition from the National Firewise Communities Program.

The Barton Road Firewise Community worked with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to conduct a wildfire hazard assessment, specific to their community. These findings were used to develop an action plan to address wildfire safety concerns found within the Barton Road area. Residents and fire officials then worked together to implement the action plan.

“It is important that communities take an active role in addressing wildfire concerns in their neighborhood," says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed. "Creating defensible space before a fire begins helps protect homes and provides a level of safety for firefighters in the event of a wildfire.”

Barton Road is the fifth community in Douglas County to earn Firewise Community recognition, and joins 51 other Firewise Communities throughout Oregon. Nationally, more than 1,000 communities have been recognized since the program’s inception in 2002.

Douglas County communities interested in earning Firewise recognition should contact Kyle Reed with the Douglas Forest Protective Association for more information, 541-672-6507 ext. 136.

Bryant Fire update - June 23, 2014, 8 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information phone: 541-545-1633

Current Situation:
Yesterday firefighters completed the fire line perimeter. Bulldozers were used to construct the majority of the fire line. On the steepest terrain too rugged for dozers, hand crews completed the remaining sections, thus completely encompassing the fire.

Today, firefighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Diligent efforts of the crews working around the clock speed up the fire containment and mop-up progress

Tonight the ODF incident management team invites the community of Bonanza to attend an open house at the high school from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The team wants to ensure that the community has access to the latest fire updates and an opportunity to tour the fire camp, to understand the role all firefighters and support personal play during the suppression effort.

To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

Fire at a Glance (06/23/14)

Fire size: 1361 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 45 percent

Expected date of containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:

Crews: 5 - Type 1
23 - Type 2
2 - Camp

Heavy air tankers: 0
Single-engine air tankers: 0
Helicopters: 1 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
2 - Type 3 (Light Lift)

Fire engines: 44

Bulldozers: 11

Water Tenders: 11

Total personnel: 881

Estimated suppression cost to date: $2.6 million


For More Information:

Social Media Resources for this fire:
Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog @ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bryant Fire update - June 22, 2014

Bryant Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

June 22, 2014 8 a.m.

Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633


Current Situation:

Yesterday’s heavy use of air retardant helped prevent the fire from spreading beyond the control lines. Sixteen loads of retardant were dropped from large air tankers and eight loads were dropped from small Single Engine Air Tankers known as SEATs. Helicopters were extremely busy all day long responding to fire fighters requests for drops on the hottest spots. Today, helicopters will continue dropping water along the southwest side of the fire.


With almost ten miles of fire line around the perimeter of this fire, fire fighters are laying hose and fittings for the next phase of holding the line and beginning mop-up on the cooler portions of the fire. The fire had slight growth due to the fire burning up to the control lines the fire fighters had established. Fire fighters continue to work diligently to stop the fire from spreading southward. A small amount of line remains to be constructed there.

Today’s warmer temperatures and low humidity combined with the low fuel moistures will test the fire lines as the fire fighters continue to hold and secure those lines.

To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
Social Media Resources for this fire:
Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog @ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo
Fire at a Glance (06/22/14)

Size: 1327 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 15%

Expected Containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 - Type 1
30 - Type 2
2 - Camp

Air Tankers: 3 heavies, 2 SEATs (single-engine)

Helicopters: 1 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
2 -Type 3 (Light Lift)

Fire engines: 51

Bulldozers: 6

Skidder: 1

Water Tenders: 3

Total personnel: 984

Estimated Cost to Date: $1,425,000


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bryant Fire - Fire Team update 06-21-14

June 21, 2014 7:30 a.m.

Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633

Current Situation:

The South Central Oregon Interagency Type 3 Team transferred control of the Mt. Bryant incident to the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (IC Buckman) yesterday at 6 p.m.

An Infrared Flight was flown last night and mapped the fire acreage at 1,250 acres.

Crews and equipment worked through the night constructing fire lines and burning out to secure those lines. The fire is actively burning in ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and dried brush that was frost killed. Fuel moistures are very low for this time of year. At the morning briefing, Fire Operations Chief John Flanigan said “You can light wood with a match.”

Fire managers plan to use heavy amounts of air attack today along the west side of the fire moving eastward. Bulldozers and fire engines will continue to establish and hold fire lines.

The fire camp is set up at the Bonanza School. For the latest information check on line at the sources listed below. A daily news release will be issued each morning.

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Fire at a Glance (06/21/14)

Size: 1250 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 0%

Expected Containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 3- Type 1
11 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2-( Heavy)
Helicopters: 0- Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
3- Type 2 (Med Lift)
2-Type 3 (Light)

Fire engines: 11
Bulldozers: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Total personnel: 439

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Protective Association:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/




Bryant Fire grows to 1,250 acres

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for 06-21-14, morning

The Bryant Fire burning 20 miles east of Klamath Falls in the Klamath-Lake District is 1,250 acres and five percent contained. An Oregon Department of Forestry fire team took over management of the firefighting effort Friday afternoon. The fire was reported Thursday burning on private forestland. ODF has numerous ground and air resources at the fire. Cause is under investigation.

Friday, June 20, 2014

ODF fire team takes command of Bryant Fire

An Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team took command of the firefighting effort on the Bryant Fire in the Klamath-Lake District the afternoon of June 20. Size of the fire is currently 838 acres. The fire was reported Thursday afternoon burning on private forestlands east of the community of Klamath Falls.

Fire update - June 20, 2014

The 800-acre Bryant Fire was reported Thursday afternoon burning 20 miles east of Klamath Falls on the NE end of Bryant Mountain on private lands in the Klamath-Lake District. The fire is burning in an active logging operation in felled and bucked timber on steep, rugged terrain. An ODF fire team has been dispatched to manage the firefighting effort.

Resources involved in initial attack on the fire June 19 included: two heavy air tankers; two single-engine air tankers; one helicopter; and hand crews, fire engines, bulldozers and fire management (overhead) personnel. Many resources are working the fire today. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The 25-acre Modoc Fire reported midday June 19 burning near Table Rock in the Southwest Oregon District is in mop-up today. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 fought the fire, which burned in grass and oak fuels. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The 20-acre Owens Fire, located about 12 miles south of the community of Hood River in the Central Oregon District, was reported early Wednesday morning. The fire is currently 85 percent contained and in full mop-up. Due to the large, felled timber on the site, full containment may be a few days off, but fire behavior is minimal and spread is not expected. The U.S. Forest Service assisted ODF with equipment and personnel in the firefighting effort. The Owens Fire occurred on forestland owned by Hood River County. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bryant Fire grows to 800 acres

The Bryant Fire reported Thursday afternoon burning 20 miles east of Klamath Falls on the NE end of Bryant Mountain has grown to 800 acres. The fire is burning in an active logging operation in felled and bucked timber on steep, rugged terrain. The fire is spotting in all directions.

Gusty winds are predicted for this afternoon and evening, which could challenge firefighters. The fire is expected to grow in size today. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry is leading the fire suppression effort.

Resources involved in initial attack on the fire Thursday included: two heavy air tankers, two single-engine air tankers, one helicopter, and hand crews, fire engines, bulldozers and fire management (overhead) personnel. Many resources will be working the fire today.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bryant Fire burning in Klamath-Lake District

The 20-acre Bryant Fire was reported 3:30 p.m. June 19 burning in the Klamath-Lake District 20 miles east of Klamath Falls on private forestland. Resources assigned to the fire include: two air tankers, one helicopter, 14 fire engines, two bulldozers and two water tenders. JWTR, LLC, a Klamath Falls-based timber management company, is assisting the Oregon Dept. of Forestry with the firefighting effort.

Cause is under investigation.

Modoc Fire burning in Southwest Oregon District

The 15-acre Modoc Fire was reported midday June 19 burning near Table Rock in the Southwest Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 are fighting the fire, which is burning in grass and oak fuels. the fire is 70 percent hose-lined.

Resources at the fire include: eight fire engines, one hand crew, one helicopter (provided by the U.S. Forest Service) and two bulldozers.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Owens Fire 65 percent contained

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry expects to achieve 85 percent containment of the 20-acre Owens Fire, located about 12 miles south of the community of Hood River, by Thursday evening, June 19. The fire is currently 65 percent contained. Full containment may be a few days off, due to the felled timber, but fire behavior is minimal and spread is not expected.

Firefighters have completed lines around the fire. Steep terrain and heavy fuels posed a challenge when the fire broke out early Wednesday morning.

Today three fire engines, four hand crews and several fire management (overhead) personnel are on site. The helicopter working the fire Wednesday has been released. Cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but ODF investigators are focusing on the timber harvest activity.

The U.S. Forest Service assisted ODF with equipment and personnel in the firefighting effort.

The Owens Fire occurred on forestland owned by Hood River County.

Owens Fire: 65 percent contained

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry expects to achieve full containment of the 20-acre Owens Fire, located about 12 miles south of the community of Hood River, by 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19. The fire is currently 65 percent contained.

Firefighters have completed containment lines around the fire. Steep terrain and heavy fuels posed a challenge when the fire broke out early Wednesday morning. The fire burned in felled and bucked timber from an active harvest operation.

Today three fire engines, four hand crews and several fire management (overhead) personnel are on site. The helicopter working the fire Wednesday has been released. Cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but ODF investigators are focusing on the timber harvest activity.

The U.S. Forest Service assisted ODF with equipment and personnel in the firefighting effort.

The Owens Fire occurred on forestland owned by Hood River County.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Owens Fire size estimate revised to 12 acres

The estimated size of the Owens Fire burning south of the community of Hood River has been revised downward to about 12 acres. The blaze reported in the early morning June 18 spread rapidly in dry logging slash, then slowed as it exhausted the hot-burning fuel source. Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service firefighters achieved 10 percent containment by early afternoon, with full containment expected by 6 p.m. Thursday.

The fire, originally estimated at about 50 acres, is burning on forestland owned by Hood River County 12 miles south of Hood River. Steep, rugged terrain on part of the site posed a challenge to firefighters constructing line around it.

Forest conditions are extremely dry across most of Oregon. The department urged Oregonians to be especially mindful of fire safety when recreating in the outdoors.

Owens Fire 10 percent contained - June 18, 4 p.m.


The approximately 50-acre Owens Fire burning about 10 miles south of the community of Hood River was 10 percent contained by 1:30 p.m. today. Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire managers expect to achieve full containment by 6 p.m. June 19. Burning on Hood River County forestland, the blaze spread rapidly this morning through dry logging slash, pushed by wind. Once the slash was consumed and the fire moved into reprod timber, the behavior moderated, enabling firefighters to make gains. By late afternoon today firefighters had nearly completed fire line around the perimeter of the blaze.

The Hood River County Forester said the slash that burned - from a timber harvest three weeks ago - was just starting to turn red. The area that burned contained felled timber, mostly Douglas-fir with some Ponderosa pine.

Firefighters will likely need to monitor the site for flare-ups throughout the rest of the fire season.

Firefighting resources currently on scene include: several hand crews, fire engines, bulldozers and water tenders.

Cause of the Owens Fire is under investigation. Since it occurred on an active timber harvest operation, Oregon Dept. of Forestry investigators are focusing on logging activity as the likely cause.

The U.S. Forest Service is assisting ODF in the suppression effort and has provided equipment and personnel.

Owens Fire update - 11 a.m., June 18


The 50-acre Owens Fire was reported early this morning burning 12 miles south of the community of Hood River on forestlands owned by Hood River County. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is leading the suppression operation with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, reported at 3:45 a.m., appears to have ignited within an active timber harvest operation.

A bulldozer line has been completed along the top of the fire (east flank). Fire behavior is currently moderate, with backing and flanking observed. ODF estimates the final fire size when it is fully contained will be approximately 200 acres.

Resources fighting the fire include: one helicopter, 6 hand crews, 3 bulldozers, 5 fire engines, and several fire management (overhead) personnel.

High winds from 20-30 mph are expected today and this evening, which could pose a challenge for firefighters.

A type 3 (local) fire team is being assembled to manage the fire.

Wildfire breaks out south of Hood River early Tuesday - updated 6:30 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters responded to a 50-75 acre wildfire early on June 18 about 10 miles south of the community of Hood River. Reported at 3:45 a.m, the fire is burning on Hood River County forestry land. ODF has four fire engines and one bulldozer at the scene. A helicopter and five hand crews are being dispatched this morning.

The U.S. Forest Service is assisting with a hand crew, a fire engine and overhead personnel.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Conditions in central Oregon are extremely dry for this time of year, and the public is asked to be especially mindful of fire safety precautions when visiting the forest.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Orchard Ridge Fire burning in The Dalles Unit, Central Oregon District

The 15-acre Orchard Ridge Fire reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday burning in The Dalles Unit of the Central Oregon District was contained by 4 p.m. It is burning in grass and sagebrush. Resources deployed to the blaze include six fire engines and one bulldozer. Cause is under investigation.

Two Bulls Fire final update

Two Bulls Fire Update

Twitter: @twobullsfire, @CentralORFire#twobullsfire
June 16, 2014 5:30p.m.
Facebook: Oregon Department of Forestry
Information Phone: 541-419-6800
GPS: 44 6’ 48”, 121 28’ 2”
CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com

The Type 3 Fire Team continues to downsize and anticipates transferring The Two Bulls Fire over to the local ODF district at the end of shift Tuesday, June 17. The local district will continue daily patrol to monitor hot spots and smokes. The immediate fire area is still closed to the public until further notice.

Evacuations: No evacuation levels remain in effect.

Closures: Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed. The Phil’s Trail Mountain bike area is open. Shevlin Park reopened June 16 but the bike trails leading into the fire remain closed.

The Two Bulls Fire is 100 percent contained at 6,908 acres and has reached $5.7 million in suppression cost.


Resources assigned:
• 9 fire engines


Additional Information
For all further inquires please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) at 541-416-6800

Two Bulls Fire - final update

Two Bulls Fire Update

NOTE: THIS IS THE FINAL UPDATE FROM ODF TYPE 3 TEAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Twitter: @twobullsfire, @CentralORFire#twobullsfire
June 16, 2014 5:30PM
Facebook: Oregon Department of Forestry
Information Phone: 541-419-6800
GPS: 44 6’ 48”, 121 28’ 2” CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com

The Type 3 Team continues to downsize and anticipates transferring The Two Bulls Fire over to the local ODF district at the end of shift Tuesday, June 17. The local district will continue daily patrols to monitor hot spots and smokes. The immediate fire area is still closed to the public until further notice.

Evacuations: No evacuations are in effect.

Closures: Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed. The Phil’s Trail Mountain bike area is open. Shevlin Park re-opened June 16 but the bike trails leading into the fire will remain closed.

The Two Bulls Fire is 100 percent contained. Size is6,908 acres. Suppression costs are estimated at $5.7 million.

Resources currently assigned:
• 9 fire engines

Additional Information
For all further inquires please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) at 541-416-6800

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fire Update - June 16, 2014

No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center in the last 24 hours.

Two Bulls Fire
The final news release from the Two Bulls Fire Incident Command Post was issued Saturday.
Continued progress has been going well for the Two Bulls Fire ODF Type 3 Team working out of the Sisters Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District Office. The Type 3 Team continues to downsize and anticipates transferring The Two Bulls Fire over to a Type 4 Incident Commander Tuesday morning. The immediate fire area is still closed to the public until further notice.

The fire is now 100 percent contained, is estimated at 6,908 acres and has reached $5.7 million in costs.

Evacuations: No evacuation levels remain in effect.

Closures: Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed. The Phil’s Trail Mountain bike area is open.
Shevlin Park will open today but the bike trails leading into the fire will remain closed.

Resources Assigned:
• 5 Crews and support personnel totaling 100 personnel
• 9 engines
• 1 water tender

Fire Information Phone: 541-549-2731
Donations If you would like to make a monetary donation, you are encouraged to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation helps the firefighter community.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2014, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 8 fires burned 5 acres
Human-caused fires: 166 fires burned 7,994 acres
Total: 174 fires burned 7,999 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 21 fires burned 19 acres
Human-caused fires: 116 fires burned 308 acres
Total: 136 fires burned 327 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies. ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS
Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TwoBullsFire, facebook.com/Deschutes.County,
TWITTER: @twobullsfire, @desnatlforest, @deschutescounty, @OchocoNatForest, @CentralORFire, #twobullsfire
INCIWEB: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3889/
BLOG: www.CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Two Bulls Fire Morning Update, 06-14-14

Two Bulls Fire Morning Update

NOTE: THIS IS THE FINAL UPDATE FROM ODF IMT2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Twitter: @twobullsfire, @CentralORFire#twobullsfire
June 14, 2014 7:30 a.m.
Facebook: Two Bulls Fire- Bend, Oregon
Information Phone: 541-389-6421
GPS: 44 6’ 48”, 121 28’ 2”
(not in-service after noon today) CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com

ODF Team 2 will transfer the command of the Two Bulls Fire to an ODF Type 3 Transition team working out of the Sisters Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District Office. This will occur on Saturday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. The Transition Team (IC Foster) will work to extinguish any remaining smokes and recover equipment. The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor for smokes frequently throughout fire season. If residents spot smoke, they are advised to call 911.

Evacuations: The Skyliners Rd. area evacuation alert was lifted yesterday. No evacuation levels remain in effect.

Closures: Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed. The Phil’s Trail Mountain bike area is open.

The Two Bulls Fire is 90 percent contained, 6,908 acres and reached $5.7 million.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post. All media and public inquiries should contact the ODF office in Sisters at 541-549-2731.

Resources Assigned:
• 5 Crews and support personnel totaling 100 personnel
• 2 helicopters
• 9 engines
• 2 dozers
• 2 water tenders

Additional Information
The fire is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline). Cooperators include the Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fire Update - June 13, 2014

No new fires were reported to the Salem Coordination Center in the last 24 hours.

The 56-acre Euchre Creek fire located approximately 12 miles north of Gold Beach on lands protected by the Coos Forest Protective Association is now contained. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two Bulls Fire
The Two Bulls Fire that broke out midday Saturday 10 miles northwest of Bend is now in mop-up and de-mob today. Size is estimated at 6,908 acres and the fire is now estimated at 70 percent contained.

Resources assigned: 2 helicopters, 36 engines, 3 bulldozers, 13 water tenders and 27 crews and support personnel are assigned to this fire. Estimated costs to date: $4.9 million

As firefighters expand the mop-up zone around the fire, the current Incident Management Team prepares to transition command of the Two Bulls Fire back to local control forces. This transition time is an organized process to account for equipment, package documentation, and send excess resources home for needed rest and preparation for future events. The “hand-off” to local forces should occur on Saturday, June 14.

Many local residents reported smoke plumes yesterday. Gusty winds created swirls of ash which mimicked smoke columns. Residents can be assured that firefighters are patrolling in these areas and continue mopping up to create a 300-500 foot buffer zone around the fire perimeter.

State Forester Doug Decker and Fire Protection Division Chief Nancy Hirsch visited firefighters at camp today. They also made a visit to the Joint Information Center (JIC) which coordinated fire information among all involved agencies and kept the local community informed. Decker commented, “I was pleased to see and impressed by the immediate and direct action on the fire, both during initial attack and in the days that followed. Those combined efforts, in the face of some very challenging fuels and burning conditions, stopped the fire. I was also struck by the amazing outpouring of community support. It really made a difference for the team and was an expression of the high level of cooperation that has occurred throughout this incident.”

Evacuation Information
Evacuation Levels: The Skyliners Rd. area remains at a Level I evacuation alert. No other evacuation levels remain in effect.
Closures: Forest Service Roads 4601, 4602, 4603, and 4606 remain closed. The Phil’s Trail Mountain bike area is open.

Donations
On behalf of the firefighters, the Incident Management Team and all the cooperators want to thank the public for their generosity. The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters to demonstrate their appreciation.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation helps the firefighter community.

Additional Information

The fire is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline). Cooperators include the Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

News reporters should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival. Media personnel that would like a guided tour of the fire need to arrive with full nomex, hard hat, leather boots and a fire shelter; the fire camp does not have enough equipment to
accommodate those that do not have protective clothing.

Information Phone at the fire ICP: 541-389-6421

Fire Danger
Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature. Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of a wildfire starting:
• Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials.
• Follow all burning restrictions in place in Bend and any areas you recreate, live or work.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• If you are operating equipment, including lawn and garden equipment, ensure you watch for sparks or malfunctioning equipment.

Note: Upcoming Community Event on Wildfire
Deschutes County, City of Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes National Forest invite Central Oregon residents to a panel discussion and film on wildfire in our community in mid-June. The goal is to help people understand more about Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) wildfires, wildfire risks to our community and reducing those risks to their personal property.

“The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado”, will be showing on Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm at Hitchcock auditorium, Pioneer Building 201 on the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Campus at 2600 NW College Way in Bend. Following the 30 minute film will be a short evaluation of the film by local law enforcement, county officials, structural and wildland firefighters on living and working in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) boundary between public land and local communities.
Panelists include Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester, Bob Madden, Battalion Chief with the Bend Fire Department, Nathan Garibay, Sergeant with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, George Ponte, District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry and Craig Letz, Fire Staff Officer for Central Oregon Fire Management Service.

There will be a question and answer period following the panels’ statements. Residents are encouraged to ask questions of the panel of fire prevention and firefighting experts. Gary Marshall, former Bend Fire Marshal and current Fire Safety Manager at Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire, will emcee the event.

“The Fire Line” is a documentary produced by The Denver Post that examines the effects of catastrophic wildfires in the west and their impacts on community members, firefighters, and natural resources. While the focus of the film is on wildfires in Colorado, there are many lessons that Central Oregon communities can derive from their losses. The film discusses the challenges that homeowners face while living in a fire prone environment and how homeowners can better mitigate the risks to personal property, local firefighters and the beautiful Central Oregon landscape.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies. ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS
Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TwoBullsFire, facebook.com/Deschutes.County,
TWITTER: @twobullsfire, @desnatlforest, @deschutescounty, @OchocoNatForest, @CentralORFire, #twobullsfire
INCIWEB: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3889/
BLOG: www.CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com


Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014: Fire Update

FIRES
The 56-acre Euchre Creek fire was reported yesterday afternoon located approximately 12 miles north of Gold Beach on lands protected by the Coos Forest Protective Association. Resources assigned: 1 engine, 3 crews, 2 airtankers, 2 helicopters, 4 water tenders and 2 bulldozers. Today the fire is trailed and estimated to be 80 percent contained; potential for spread is low. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two Bulls Fire
The Two Bulls Fire that broke out midday Saturday near Tumalo, 10 miles northwest of Bend is now in mop-up and de-mob will start today. Size is estimated at 6,908 acres.
Resources assigned: 3 helicopters, 46 engines, 4 bulldozers, 15 water tenders and 638 personnel are assigned to this fire.

No structures lost or damaged, 2 firefighters have received minor injuries – a cut on the leg and a reaction to a bee sting. The fire is now estimated to be 80 percent contained
Estimated costs to date: $4.3 million

Investigation into Fire Cause
The Investigation Team for the Two Bulls Fire wants any information citizens can provide. Please call with any information about activity, individuals, or vehicles seen on Cascade Timberlands property in the days leading up to the fire.

The reward now totals $31,500 to anyone with information that leads to a successful conviction. Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-8477 (TIPS). If citizens see suspicious activity or something that doesn’t look right, we encourage them to report it to Deschutes County 9-1-1.

Evacuation Information
Interactive Map with current evacuation notice levels: https://maps.deschutes.org/custom/simple/index.html
This map will be updated with any change in Evacuation Notice Levels.
The Skyliners Road area outside the City of Bend, is now a Level I. This is now the only Evacuation Level Notice in effect.

Evacuation Notices are lifted for the following areas:
• The Saddleback Subdivision area
• The area located south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive, and north of Century Drive.
• The remainder of Northwest Crossing (east of Mt. Washington Drive), and the area that includes residents north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive
There will be additional Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement patrols working this week and through the weekend.

Fire Danger
Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature. Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of a wildfire starting:
• Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials.
• Follow all burning restrictions in place in Bend and any areas you recreate, live or work.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• If you are operating equipment, including lawn and garden equipment, ensure you watch for sparks or malfunctioning equipment.

USFS Closures
There are still US Forest Service Road Closures in place. Refer to the Two Bulls Blog for information on these closures: www.centralorfireinfo.blogsot.com
Contact numbers, donations
FIRE INFO LINE/THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER: 541-550-4888 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
For SHERIFF'S OFFICE FIRE INFORMATION call 541-550-4850

The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters. On behalf of the firefighters, the teams managing the fire and Deschutes National Forest, we want to thank the public for their generosity. At this point, all of the needs of the firefighters are being met.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation, helps the firefighter community.

Note: Upcoming Community Event on Wildfire
Deschutes County, City of Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes National Forest invite Central Oregon residents to a panel discussion and film on wildfire in our community in mid-June. The goal is to help people understand more about Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) wildfires, wildfire risks to our community and reducing those risks to their personal property.

“The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado”, will be showing on Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm at Hitchcock auditorium, Pioneer Building 201 on the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Campus at 2600 NW College Way in Bend. Following the 30 minute film will be a short evaluation of the film by local law enforcement, county officials, structural and wildland firefighters on living and working in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) boundary between public land and local communities.

Panelists include Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester, Bob Madden, Battalion Chief with the Bend Fire Department, Nathan Garibay, Sergeant with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, George Ponte, District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry and Craig Letz, Fire Staff Officer for Central Oregon Fire Management Service.

There will be a question and answer period following the panels’ statements. Residents are encouraged to ask questions of the panel of fire prevention and firefighting experts. Gary Marshall, former Bend Fire Marshal and current Fire Safety Manager at Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire, will emcee the event.

“The Fire Line” is a documentary produced by The Denver Post that examines the effects of catastrophic wildfires in the west and their impacts on community members, firefighters, and natural resources. While the focus of the film is on wildfires in Colorado, there are many lessons that Central Oregon communities can derive from their losses. The film discusses the challenges that homeowners face while living in a fire prone environment and how homeowners can better mitigate the risks to personal property, local firefighters and the beautiful Central Oregon landscape.

Media
PLEASE CALL ONLY 541-389-6421 FOR FIRE UPDATES.

Sites for Fire Information
Information Phone at Joint Information Center: 541-550-4888 (No media calls here please) Note: This is interagency information for the public related to the fire. Open 9-9.
This number will no longer be in service after 12:00 noon, Thursday June 12.

Information Phone at the fire ICP: 541-389-6421
Note: This phone is operational for public and media now.
As of Thursday at noon, this will be the only public & media information phone line.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2014, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 6 fires burned 4 acres
Human-caused fires: 158 fires burned 7,930 acres
Total: 164 fires burned 7,934 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 20 fires burned 19 acres
Human-caused fires: 106 fires burned 286 acres
Total: 126 fires burned 305 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies. ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS
Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TwoBullsFire, facebook.com/Deschutes.County,
TWITTER: @twobullsfire, @desnatlforest, @deschutescounty, @OchocoNatForest, @CentralORFire, #twobullsfire
INCIWEB: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3889/
BLOG: www.CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014 Fire Update: Two Bulls Fire

No new fires have been reported to Salem Coordination Center in the last 24 hours.

Two Bulls Fire
The Two Bulls Fire broke out midday Saturday near Tumalo, 10 miles northwest of Bend. By early Sunday the fire had burned more than 6,000 acres of private forestland, as well as federal lands on the Deschutes National Forest.

Despite strong winds yesterday afternoon, the firelines held. Resources assigned: 6 helicopters, 77 engines, 11 bulldozers and 1,163 personnel are assigned to this fire.

* No structures lost or damaged

* 2 firefighters have received minor injuries - a cut on the leg and a reaction to a bee sting.

* The fire is now estimated to be 40 percent contained

* Estimated costs to date: $3.0 million

Investigation into Fire Cause:
A joint investigation to locate the origin and cause of the fires is being conducted by a team of investigators from the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Walker Range Fire Protection Association, and Oregon Department of Forestry. Investigators located the origin of both fires, collected evidence, and have determined that the fires were human caused.

The Investigation Team wants any information citizens can provide. Please call with any information about activity, individuals, or vehicles seen on Cascade Timberlands property in the days leading up to the fire.

Taylor Northwest contributed $2500 to the existing reward; the reward now totals $4500 to anyone with information that leads to a successful conviction. Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-8477 (TIPS). If citizens see suspicious activity or something that doesn't look right, we encourage them to report it to Deschutes County 9-1-1.

Current Fire Information: Firefighters spent a "chilly but productive" night on the Two Bulls Fire, said Mike Carlson, the night operations supervisor. The overnight temperature plummeted into the 30s while crews hunted down and extinguished smokes and embers 100-300 feet inside the fireline.

Yesterday a ?1/4 acre fire suddenly appeared outside of the fireline south of Skyliners Road. Helicopters and engines quickly attacked and brought it under control. Today, crews continue mop-up operations while being vigilant for flare-ups of fire, inside and outside the fireline.

Evacuation Information
The Sheriff's Office lowered the Skyliners Road Evacuation Notice to Level II last night at 8:00 p.m. The Sheriff's Office WILL ONLY ALLOW RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA. Residents returning to their homes should be aware of possible additional fire activity and be cautious if they return home as there is only one main exit out of the Skyliners Road residential area.

There are no Level III Evacuation Notices in effect. Level I Evacuation Notices are in effect for:
* The Saddleback Subdivision area to include some evacuated homes on Johnson Road, Tyler Road and Kuhlman Road.
* The area located south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive, and north of Century Drive.
* The remainder of Northwest Crossing (east of Mt. Washington Drive), and the area that includes residents north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive.
Deschutes County I.T. has produced a link to a map that shows the current Evacuation Notice Levels, Interactive Map: https://maps.deschutes.org/custom/simple/index.html (This map will be updated with any change in Evacuation Notice Levels). For current evacuation updates, please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office information line at 541-550-4850.

Sheriff's Office units are patrolling the areas affected by the Evacuation Notices. There will be additional Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement patrols working this week and through the weekend.

School Closures
William E. Miller Elementary, Cascade Middle and Summit High schools are open today and all other District schools will be open as scheduled. Cascade Middle and Summit High school students are encouraged to check their school websites for information about finals, final projects, and materials return.

Fire Danger High
Due to hot and dry weather conditions and the low fuel moistures we are experiencing, Bend Fire Department, ODF and Deschutes National Forest have increased the level of fire danger to High as of this morning. Fires under High conditions begin and spread quickly and burn with greater intensity. All fires have the potential of becoming disastrous.

Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature. Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of a wildfire starting:
* Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials.
* Follow all burning restrictions in place in Bend and any areas you recreate, live or work.
* Keep matches and lighters away from children.
* If you are operating equipment, including lawn and garden equipment, ensure you watch for sparks or malfunctioning equipment.

USFS Closures
The Deschutes National Forest has instituted an area closure as a result of the Two Bulls Fire west of Bend. The area encompasses Forest Roads 4601 West of Tumalo Creek, 4606, 1612, 590, 480, 113, 110, 377, 900, 1620, 1628 and 370 North of Todd Lake. This area closure is bordered on the south by Cascade Lakes Highway, which remains open at this time.This closure includes all roads and trails within the area including the popular Phil's Trailhead system and much of the West Bend project area that's part of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project.
The following county road closures remain in place: Tumalo Reservoir Road is closed to westbound traffic at Rock Springs Road, Bull Springs Road is closed to westbound traffic at Johnson Road, Skyliners Road is closed to westbound traffic at FS 4604 (Phil's Trailhead).

Donations
The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters. On behalf of the firefighters, the teams managing the fire and Deschutes National Forest, we want to thank the public for their generosity. At this point, all of the needs of the firefighters are being met.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation, helps the firefighter community.

Note: Upcoming Community Event on Wildfire
Deschutes County, City of Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes National Forest invite Central Oregon residents to a panel discussion and film on wildfire in our community in mid-June. The goal is to help people understand more about Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) wildfires, wildfire risks to our community and reducing those risks to their personal property.

"The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado", will be showing on Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm at Hitchcock auditorium, Pioneer Building 201 on the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Campus at 2600 NW College Way in Bend. Following the 30 minute film will be a short evaluation of the film by local law enforcement, county officials, structural and wildland firefighters on living and working in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) boundary between public land and local communities.

Panelists include Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester, Bob Madden, Battalion Chief with the Bend Fire Department, Nathan Garibay, Sergeant with Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, George Ponte, District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry and Craig Letz, Fire Staff Officer for Central Oregon Fire Management Service.

There will be a question and answer period following the panels' statements. Residents are encouraged to ask questions of the panel of fire prevention and firefighting experts. Gary Marshall, former Bend Fire Marshal and current Fire Safety Manager at Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire, will emcee the event.

"The Fire Line" is a documentary produced by The Denver Post that examines the effects of catastrophic wildfires in the west and their impacts on community members, firefighters, and natural resources. While the focus of the film is on wildfires in Colorado, there are many lessons that Central Oregon communities can derive from their losses. The film discusses the challenges that homeowners face while living in a fire prone environment and how homeowners can better mitigate the risks to personal property, local firefighters and the beautiful Central Oregon landscape.

Media
PLEASE CALL ONLY 541-389-6421 FOR FIRE UPDATES.
Interested media should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival. Media personnel that would like a guided tour of the fire need to arrive with full Nomex, hard hat, and fire shelter; the fire camp does not have enough equipment to accommodate those that do not have this. A media update will be given at 10:00 followed by a media fire tour at 1:00 pm.

Sites for Fire Information
Information Phone at Joint Information Center: 541-550-4888 (No media calls here please) Note: This is interagency information for the public related to the fire. Open 9-9.
This number will no longer be in service after 12:00 noon, Thursday June 12.

Information Phone at the fire ICP: 541-389-6421
Note: This phone is operational for public and media now.
As of Thursday at noon, this will be the only public & media information phone line.

Sheriff's Emergency Information phone :541-550-4850
Note: This is a recorded line

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies. ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS
Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TwoBullsFire, facebook.com/Deschutes.County,
TWITTER: @twobullsfire, @desnatlforest, @deschutescounty, @OchocoNatForest, @CentralORFire, #twobullsfire
INCIWEB: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3889/
BLOG: www.CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014 Fire Update, Two Bulls Fire

The Two Bulls Fire burning in heavy brush and timber approximately 10 miles northwest of Bend is now estimated at 6,837 acres. There are 250 homes threatened with 50 remaining under Level III Evacuation.
Resources assigned: 6 helicopters, 77 engines, 11 bulldozers and 1,018 personnel are assigned to this fire.
• No structures lost or damaged
• 1 Firefighter with a minor leg laceration
• The fire is 25% contained
• Estimated costs to date: $2.4 million

Fire Cause: A joint investigation to locate the origin and cause of the fires is being conducted by a team of investigators from the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Range Fire Protection Association, and Oregon Department of Forestry. Investigators located the origin of both fires, collected evidence, and have determined that the fires were human caused.

Cascade Timberlands has added $2,000 for information that leads to a successful conviction.

For more info: http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/

Current Fire Information: Progress on the fire went very well yesterday and last night, the only remaining unsecured portion of the fire had line completed around it last night. Day shift crews will continue mop up operations deeper interior along the eastern flank of the fire today. On the western flank, line reinforcement and deploying hose lines will be the main focus throughout the day. Smoke conditions should be less than it has been over the last few days as fuels within containment lines are being consumed and mop up operations are reaching further interior.

Although temperatures are forecasted to be lower than yesterday the concern for today is increasing winds from the north-northwest this afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph. With good progress being made on the fire, structure protection task forces mobilized under the Conflagration Act have been reduced from three to two, and the need for the remaining two task forces will be evaluated throughout the afternoon.

Evacuation Notices
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Level III Evacuation Notice remains in place for the following areas:
• Skyliners Road area outside of the City of Bend (approximately 50 residences.)

Level II Evacuation Notices are still in effect for the following areas:
• Area south of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington, and north of Century Drive.
• Saddleback Subdivision on both sides of Johnson Road (lowered from Level III yesterday evening.)

Level I Evacuation Notices continue for the following areas:
• Remainder of Northwest Crossing (the area east of Mt. Washington Drive).
• Residents in the area north of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington Drive.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be working with fire managers throughout the day to discuss evacuation levels. Please contact their information line at 541-550-4850 for any evacuation updates.

Displaced residents in need of a place to stay or other resources are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross by calling 541-382-2142.
A livestock shelter has been opened at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR.
The following road closures remain in place: All of 4606, 1610, Skyline Forest, 4601, 4603, and Tumalo Falls.

Evacuation Levels Explained
Level I (Ready)-
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, such as those susceptible to breathing problems in wildfires or those with animals and pets, should take note and begin making arrangements to evacuate. For wildfires, smoke can often cause the most problems for residents, especially those sensitive to smoke. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Level II (Set)-
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. For those that choose to remain, they should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Access into the area is typically controlled by law enforcement. Law enforcement may also decide to not allow residents back into the area once they leave.

Level III (Go)-

This level means to leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and your life safety cannot be guaranteed. Residents should listen to local media, and watch for emergency personnel who may be coming by to give further instructions regarding the evacuation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The fire is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, American Red Cross, Bend-La Pine School District, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

Interested media should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival.

Media personnel who would like a guided tour of the fire need to arrive with full nomex, hard hat, and fire shelter; the fire camp does not have enough equipment to accommodate those who do not have this. A media update will be given at 1000 hours followed by a media fire tour at 1300 hours.
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OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s actions as a partner in fighting major fires that start on lands protected by other agencies. ODF is responsible for fire protection on private and state-owned forestland, and on a limited amount of other forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

OTHER LINKS
Safety Tips: http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html
Fire weather: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information
Keep Oregon Green: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/

On Twitter: @TwoBullsFire @CentralORFire ‪#‎twobullsfire
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Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014 Fire Update - Two Bulls Wildfire

The State Fire Marshal and Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center issued the following media release at 8 a.m. this morning:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 9, 2014
@TwoBullsFire @CentralORFire ‪#‎twobullsfire‬

Information Phone: 541-416-6811
Note: The info line number is expected to change today, please monitor social media for this update.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has ordered Level III Evacuation Notices for the following areas:
• Skyliners Road area outside of the City of Bend (approximately 50 residences.)

Level II Evacuation Notices are in effect for the following areas:
• Area south of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington, and north of Century Drive.
• Saddleback Subdivision on both sides of Johnson Road (lowered from Level III yesterday evening.)

Level I Evacuation Notices have been issued for the following areas:
• Remainder of Northwest Crossing (the area east of Mt. Washington Drive).
• Residents in the area north of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington Drive.

Displaced residents in need of a place to stay or other resources are encouraged to report to the American Red Cross shelter located at High Desert Middle School located at 61111 27th Street. Red Cross information can also be obtained by calling 541-382-2142.

A livestock shelter has been opened at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR.

The following road closures remain in place: All of 4606, 1610, Skyline Forest, 4601, 4603, and Tumalo Falls.

CURRENT FIRE INFORMATION
Good progress was made both yesterday during the day and night with firefighters taking advantage of some calmer weather conditions. The priority of securing fireline around the eastern and southern portions of the fire was met and it is anticipated that hoselines will be put into place along that line by the end of today with some mop-up activities commencing there. Some of the available crews from the east flank divisions were reassigned to the western flank of the fire today to help in securing fireline on that portion. Structure protection task forces mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act continue to work around the threatened structures and have contingency plans in place to help protect the watershed facilities if the fire jumps containment lines.

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/TwoBullsFire
TWITTER: @twobullsfire

Dry weather conditions will continue to keep temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s and relative humidity dipping below 20%. The main concern for today will be hold the lines on the southern portion of the fire and out of the City of Bend’s watershed, as winds are forecasted to get gusty from the northwest at 10-18 mph in the afternoon as a weak upper level disturbance moves over the area.
• 6,800 acres consisting of heavy brush and timber
• 250 homes threatened with 50 remaining under Level III Evacuation
• No structures lost or damaged
• No injuries
• Cause under investigation
• 5% containment
• 11 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers, and 708 personnel assigned to the fire
• Estimated costs to date- $1.23 million Public Information Meeting
An informational meeting open to all public and media will be held Monday evening at 6:00 pm at Bend High School, located at 230 NE 6th St in Bend. Fire representatives will give a current and expected fire briefing and will be available to address questions and concerns.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The fire is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, American Red Cross, Bend-La Pine School District, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

Interested media should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014 Fire Update - Two Bulls Wildfire

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center issued the following release this morning:

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR 97754

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: June 8, 2014 –8:00 a.m.

Contact: Media Desk: 541/416-6811
Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire
Email: coidcincidentinformation@gmail.com
Follow us on our Twitter account: @CentralOrFire

Firefighters Work Overnight on Two Bulls Wildfire

Bend, Oregon – More than 300 firefighters worked overnight on the Two Bulls Wildfire burning west of Bend. Active fire continued throughout the night, prompting an additional evacuation of the Johnson Ridge subdivision. Approximately 250 homes have now been evacuated. The Red Cross has established a shelter at High Desert Middle School in Bend (this is a new location).

Approximately 2,000 additional homes are in an area considered threatened. Deschutes County Sheriff Department has notified residents in areas south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive and north of Century Drive to be prepared to evacuate if the fire continues to grow in their direction. Suppression efforts will focus on structural protection in these areas, establishing containment lines, and keeping the fire from moving south and east. Additional suppression efforts will focus on the west flank of the fire, located closest to the City of Bend watershed.

Heavy smoke prevented aerial resources from getting an accurate view of the fire yesterday, and an overnight infrared flight provided a better estimate of size. The fire is now 6,180 acres and remains uncontained with no estimate of containment at this time.

The two fires were reported by Black Butte Lookout at 12:48 yesterday afternoon. The fires are burning in a mix of Deschutes National Forest and private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Although the fires haven’t burned completely together, they are being managed as one incident, the Two Bulls Wildfire. The fires are staffed with 12 20-person handcrews, including the several Hotshot crews, 13 engines, 2 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 7 dozers, and several watertenders, along with miscellaneous additional overhead personnel.

The fire is burning in a mix of ponderosa pine, brush and grass. Increasing temperatures and afternoon winds are expected to challenge firefighters and potentially cause an escalation in fire behavior.

The fire is currently under command of a Type III Incident Management Team, and an Oregon Department of Forestry Type II Incident Management Team will assume command of the fires later this morning.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 7, 2014 Fire Update: Two Bulls Fire, 10 miles northwest of Bend

Two separate fires called the Two Bulls Fire, totaling 300+ acres, were reported today burning in Deschutes County, approximately ten miles northwest of Bend on ODF-protected lands and a small portion of the Deschutes National Forest. Reported start time is 12:48pm. Multiple resources have been deployed, and the Saddleback subdivision in Bend has been evacuated. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Current weather conditions are 81 degrees, sunny, with twelve mile-per-hour winds and some gusts of up to twenty miles-per-hour.

FIRE ON OTHER LANDS
No additional fires were reported on other lands in Oregon.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer page, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

For this particular fire, we also urge you to follow us on Twitter @ORDeptForesty and follow the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center @CentralORFire, or contact them directly for the latest on-the-ground updates.

Tony Andersen
503-507-4481

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fire Season 2014 outlook

The mountain snowpack is small statewide, and ODF's meteorologists expect snowmelt to occur sooner than average. That could set the stage for early-season fires in higher altitude areas. At this point, predictions are for an above-average wildfire season across most of the state with the hotspot likely to be south-central Oregon. Drought conditions throughout the southern portion of Oregon are expected to dry out forest fuels, creating a volatile situation this summer. In 2013, intense thunderstorms with little precipitation ignited several large fires in southwestern and central Oregon, leading to the worst season in 60 years on state-protected lands. If widespread dry lightning occurs in 2014, Oregonians should expect another active fire season.



Comments and questions

The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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.



What we do

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.