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.

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 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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