Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Corn Creek Fire update June 9, new lightning fires in Douglas County

Corn Creek and Lightning Fire Update

Firefighters made significant progress on the Corn Creek Fire today. Crews spent the afternoon strengthening control lines around the fire, plumbing it with fire hose, and extinguishing hot spots in the interior. A short crew will remain at the fire overnight to patrol the perimeter. On Wednesday, 50 firefighters will be back on scene to continue extinguishing hot spots within the interior. Cause of the Corn Creek Fire remains under investigation.

In the aftermath of thunderstorm activity that occurred this morning, one additional lightning-caused fire was detected this afternoon on Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) protected lands. The Beals Ranch Fire, located five miles east of Canyonville, was suppressed at a fraction of an acre. The Beals Ranch Fire brought the total number of lightning-related fires on DFPA-protected lands from this morning’s lightning storm to eight. All known fire starts from the storm have now been suppressed and mopped up. DFPA will continue to monitor the lightning-affected areas in Douglas County with ground and aerial patrols for the next several days, and the association's smoke detection cameras will scan for any additional fire starts.

News contact:
Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 580-2789

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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