2015 another severe fire season

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







Thursday, May 7, 2015

Peavine Creek Fire, 123 acres, contained


On Wednesday evening, firefighters continued to strengthen containment lines around the Peavine Creek Fire north of Glendale in Douglas County. Higher humidity due to fog aided their efforts. Priority has now shifted from strengthening containment lines to mopping up hot spots. Firefighters will start from the outside of the fire and work in, with the goal of extinguishing 100 percent of the heat and smoke within the entire fire. On scene at the fire today are three hand crews, five water tenders, one bulldozer and various industrial forest landowner representatives.

Fire facts
 
  • Location: five miles north of Glendale
  • Reported: around 5 p.m. May 5
  • Situation: burning in heavy fuels on steep, rugged terrain
  • Size: about 123 acres
  • Status: 100 percent trailed with either dozer line or hand line
  • Cause: under investigation.
 
Contact:
Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 x136 office
541-580-2789 mobile
 
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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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