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, July 31, 2015

Fire danger prompts Western Lane, So. Cascade districts to tighten restrictions

July 31, 2015

Contacts:

Greg Wagenblast, South Cascade District

Phil Hunter, Western Lane District
(541) 935-2283 x225, phil.m.hunter@oregon.gov

High temperatures and low humidity have set the stage for any new wildfires to burn hot and spread fast. In response, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s South Cascade and Western Lane districts today further tightened fire safety restrictions in the forest. The changes include:

§  Campfires are now banned completely in the two districts. Previously they were allowed in designated campgrounds but no longer. Campstove that use bottled fuels are allowed.

§  Mowing of dry, cured grasses is prohibited at any time.

§  Some other fire safety rules already in place include: bans on smoking except in a closed vehicle or building, grinding and welding of metal, driving/riding motorized vehicles off of established roads.

Firefighting personnel and equipment have become scarce due to the Cable Crossing and Stouts fires in Douglas County, and local fire managers are concerned that any new fires in South Cascade or Western Lane would stretch resources thin.

“Given the rapid growth of those fires south of us and the resulting drawdown of resources, we decided to increase restrictions here,” said Phil Hunter, protection unit forester with the Western Lane District.

South Cascade District Forester Greg Wagenblast concurred, noting that all industrial activity in the forest has been shut down due to the extreme fire danger.

“These stepped-up rules for recreational activity aim for the same result: Reduce the chance of human-caused fire starts,” he said.

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Ready, Set, Go explained

When a wildfire potentially threatens a community, emergency services agencies may announce "Ready, Set, Go." This slogan refers to three levels of evacuation.

Be Ready: Level 1

Evacuation Plan
  • Make a plan, and be sure everyone in your family understands it.
  • Assign tasks to each family member for what to do during Level 1 (Ready), Level 2 (Set) and Level 3
  • (GO!) evacuations.
  • Have an evacuation plan for your pets and livestock. If it isn’t safe for you, its not safe for them.
  • Designate a meeting place – this could be a friend or family member’s house, or an evacuation shelter.
  • Choose an out-of-the-area contact person to relay information about your welfare to family and friends and to keep your phone lines open.
House Preparation
  • Make sure house numbers are visible from the street.
  • Make sure driveways are wide enough for emergency vehicles to enter (10-12 feet wide).
  • Prepare your defensible space.
  • Emergency Kits - Keep them ready at all times in your home and vehicle.
  • Include supplies for you and everyone who lives in your home or visits regularly.
  • Include supplies for your pets.
  • Include copies of important documents, phone contact lists, family photos, household inventory lists, and any portable valuables.
  • Keep your vehicles filled with gas.

Be Set: Level 2

  • Keep pets and livestock ready to go in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Be sure to have your photo ID or something showing your current address in case you need to access an evacuated area.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations for updates.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures (during wildfires).

Go!: Level 3

  • Leave house lights on and windows closed.
  • Let your emergency contact and/or family members know where you are going.
 
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Gov. Brown invokes Conflagration Act for Stouts Fire

July 31, 2015

Media Contacts:

Melissa Navas, 503-378-6496Chris Pair, 503-559-5938


Governor Brown Invokes Conflagration Act in Response to Stouts Fire


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 9:50 p.m. July 30, 2015 in response to the Stouts Fire burning 11 miles east of Canyonville in Douglas County. At the time of the declaration, the fire threatened about 50 homes and another 300 were at risk. Today, this fire remains challenging due to very difficult conditions.

"The Stouts Fire has grown very quickly since beginning early Thursday and is already putting homes at risk," said Governor Brown. "As temperatures rise across Oregon this week, the Stouts Fire has explosively grown amid record setting fuel conditions and extreme drought. This declaration allows us to quickly dedicate more resources to the fire in the effort to save lives and property."

The Stouts Fire was first reported at 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon and quickly grew from a few hundred acres to about 6,000 acres by day's end.

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire and that the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

The Governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The emergency was declared for the Stouts Fire only and is effective immediately. 

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Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - July 31, 2015


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

The Cable Crossing Fire showed minimal growth overnight and is estimated at about 830 acres this morning. The fire containment is estimated at 15 percent.

The fire is burning on private and public lands in the heart of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor six miles east of Glide. While private landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area. In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.

Pushed by afternoon winds out of the north, the fire continues to test containment lines on the south end of the fire. While no homes are currently threatened, a Level I evacuation notice has been put in place prompting some residents to be ready should the need arises to leave. The notice is only precautionary at this time.

Fire danger remains extreme with temperatures expected to rise over 100 degrees over the next several days and lightning predicted for the weekend. Conditions have taken their toll with several heat related injuries to firefighters.

Current resources on the fire include seven engines, 28 hand crews, five helicopters and six retardant dropping air tankers.

Highway 138 is being managed by ODOT with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 830 acres

Cause: Under Investigation

Containment:  15%

Expected Containment:  unknown

Crews and Equipment: 

Crews:  1 - Type 1; 27 - Type 2

Air Tankers:  3 heavy tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)

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

Fire engines:   5

Bulldozers:   4

Hot Saw (feller-buncher): 1

Water tenders:   4

Total personnel: 785

Estimated Cost to Date: $800,000

For More Information:

541-496-0902




 

Stouts Fire Morning Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 8 a.m. PDT

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-31-15

CONTACT:  Kyle Reed                                                                                   FAX:  (541) 440-3424
OFFICE:  (541) 672-6507 X 136          CELL: (541) 817-7186                       E-MAIL: 
kyle.reed@oregon.gov


The Stouts Fire actively burned late into the night, moving in a southeast direction from the point of origin before laying down in the early morning hours.  Firefighters assigned to the fire last night focused their efforts on opening access roads to the fire and anchoring into the heel of the fire to being constructing fire line.  Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene of the Stouts Fire today and will continue working where night shift left off.  Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today as hot, dry weather is once again forecasted for the area.  Due to predicted weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua Basin.  The fire is currently estimated at 6,000 acres and the cause of fire is currently under investigation.

Last night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane.  A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road.  A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire this morning and has been briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.  ODF IMT 1 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later this morning.  The Incident Command Post for the Stouts Creek Fire will be located at Days Creek Charter School.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Creek Fire:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA’s social media accounts.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

Stouts Fire morning update - July 31, 2015

The Stouts Fire actively burned late into the night, moving in a southeast direction from the point of origin before laying down in the early morning hours.  Firefighters assigned to the fire last night focused their efforts on opening access roads to the fire and anchoring into the heel of the fire to being constructing fire line. 

Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene of the Stouts Fire today and will continue working where night shift left off.  Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today as hot, dry weather is once again forecasted for the area.  Due to predicted weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua Basin.  The fire is currently estimated at 6,000 acres and the cause of fire is currently under investigation.

Last night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane.  A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road.  A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire this morning and has been briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.  ODF IMT 1 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later this morning.  The Incident Command Post for the Stouts Fire will be located at Days Creek Charter School.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Creek Fire:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/

Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA’s social media accounts.



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stouts Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 11 p.m.

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-30-2015

CONTACT:  Kyle Reed                                                                                   FAX:  (541) 440-3424
OFFICE:  (541) 672-6507 X 136          CELL: (541) 817-7186                       E-MAIL: 
kyle.reed@oregon.gov


The Stouts Fire, located approximately 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo was reported Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.  When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fast moving fire already several acres in size.  Hot, windy conditions combined with very dry fuels caused the fire to grow extremely fast and sparked numerous spot fires in front of the main fire.  The intensity of the main fire, combined with the numerous spot fires in front of itself, caused the Stouts Fire to “blow up,” going from several hundred acres to approximately 6,000 acres in a matter of hours.

Several homes in the area were threatened by the fire, however no homes have been burned.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane.  A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (ODF IMT 1) has been ordered for the Stouts Fire and will assume command of the fire tomorrow after being briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA’s social media accounts.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT

Below is this evening’s news release on the Cable Crossing Fire from Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3.  Also, a closure for the fire area is posted on the fire’s Inciweb site.  The direct link to open that closure notice is:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/OR73S/2015-07-29-2320-Cable-Crossing-Fire/related_files/pict20150631-002020-0.pdf .

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INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Fire Information: (541) 496-0902http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015


Fire Crews Beat Back the Heat and the Flames



Firefighters are working round the clock under extreme fire behavior conditions to stay ahead of the Cable Crossing Fire. Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, that brings high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, the fire has grown to 830 acres. Containment is estimated at 15 percent.

Supported by a host of helicopters, retardant dropping air tankers, bulldozers and engines, fire crews made considerable progress under extreme temperatures. Objectives were accomplished by holding established containment lines on the north and west end of the fire. With the fire pushing to the south and east, crews kept up with spot fires before they could gain any momentum. The day shift set a nice table for crews working through the night when the fire activity is expected to subside under cooler conditions. The Red Flag Warning is predicted to stay in place through the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms arriving Friday.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3  assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire Thursday afternoon in an effort to bring in additional resources from around the region and provide needed relief to local fire crews.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

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ODF fire team deployed to Stouts Fire in Douglas County

The 200-acre Stouts Fire was reported today burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo in Douglas County. An ODF fire team has been deployed to manage the fast-moving blaze. Multiple resources from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments are on scene. The fire is exhibiting extreme behavior and growing rapidly. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation order for the homes on Ferguson Lane, Stouts Creek, and Conley Lane. The ODF fire team will assume command of the fire suppression operation Friday. Cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon.  As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres.  Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today.  No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued.  The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) was dispatched and arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning, and received their fire briefing from the DFPA.  The IMT will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today.  The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Cable Crossing Fire morning update - July 30, 2015

Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon.  As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres.  Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today.  No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning and received their fire briefing from the Douglas Forest Protective Association.  ODF IMT 3 will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today.  The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at the following locations:




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Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 x136

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Update - Thursday, July 29, 2015 @ 8:30 p.m.

Douglas Forest Protective Association
1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-29-2015
CONTACT:  Kyle Reed                                                                         FAX:  (541) 440-3424
OFFICE:  (541) 672-6507 X 136              CELL: (541) 817-7186              E-MAIL:  kyle.reed@oregon.gov

The Cable Crossing Fire, located 5 miles east of Glide near Highway 138 East, mile post 23 jumped containment lines today at approximately 5:00 p.m.  As aviation and ground resources moved to attack the new spot fire, a wind shift caused the fire to quickly grow out of control.  At this time, the fire is estimated at 500 acres and is moving in a southeast direction.  Currently, no homes are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) has been called in to manage the Cable Crossing incident.  ODF IMT 3 will arrive on the Cable Crossing Fire tomorrow morning and assume command at 10:00 a.m.  The Incident Command Post will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

For continued updates on the Cable Crossing Fire, visit www.dfpa.net or follow DFPA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Fire protection agencies seek public cooperation

Contacts:       
      
Tom Fields                                                       
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
503-945-7440
 
Rich Hoover
Office of State Fire Marshal
503-934-8217

High Temperatures and Threat of Lightning Forecasted

As the heat returns to the region this week, fire managers are once again spreading the word of caution in efforts to prevent human-caused fires. Fire weather meteorologists are anticipating temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s midweek with a chance of lightning in southern and eastern Oregon arriving Friday. A Red Flag Warning is also in effect for much of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon calling for hot and dry unstable conditions combined with low fuel moisture levels.

As fire season hits full stride, the chances of fires starting and spreading rapidly are of grave concern.

“We’re looking at a formidable fire weather forecast,” said Oregon State Forester Doug Decker. “The benefit of any recent moisture we’ve received has now evaporated, and we’re looking straight at record-breaking temperatures, extremely low humidities, and dry lightning: the trifecta of bad wildfire conditions.”

“This is the time for all Oregonians and visitors to be extremely aware of fire danger. One wrong move with power equipment, a cigarette, or any open flame can spell trouble.”

Homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts alike can contribute to the fire prevention campaign by reducing fire prone activities. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds on public lands and prohibited entirely on all private lands under ODF’s protection. Outdoor debris burning also remains prohibited throughout much of the state. While logging activity is being curtailed under these extreme conditions, many large industrial landowners have also closed their gates to public access in efforts to reduce possible ignitions from off-road driving, target shooting, smoking and campfires; all of which are illegal during fire season.

Should a fire occur close to communities, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging homeowners to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary. “A serious wildfire can come up in a moment’s notice, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home, Walker said. “Make sure to put together a “Go Kit” and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact.” Find out more at www.wildlandfirersg.org .

To date, 621 fires have burned 3,393 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and forest protective associations. Of these, 429 have been caused by people. ODF protects about 16 million acres of private and public forest and grazing land from wildfire in Oregon.

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Cable Crossing Fire - Size Update effective @ 10:10 a.m.


NOTE:  CABLE CROSSING FIRE SIZE UPDATE:

The Cable Creek Fire, located near Highway 138 East, mile post 23, is now estimated at 270 acres.  The increase in fire size IS NOT due to additional fire growth.  Smokey conditions near the fire area last night made it difficult for observation aircraft to get an accurate size.  This morning, smoke near the fire has dispersed enough to get a better look at the fire; however, this is still an estimated size and that it may be several days before firefighters get an accurate GPS reading.  In addition to a more accurate size-up, the observation aircraft on the Cable Creek Fire located one small spot fire this morning, less than 1/4 acre in size and located about 1/4 mile south of the main fire.  Air and ground resources are currently on the scene and are making good progress on it.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Wednesday, July 29, 2015


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS                                                                                                                                                                                 
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  The Cable Crossing Fire was reported on Thursday afternoon, July 28, burning east of Glide near Highway 138 East, MP 23. Spot fires were also detected across the highway and the North Umpqua River.  Firefighters made good progress overnight on the fire, with crews able to complete fire trail around about 90 percent of the fire last night despite fairly active fire behavior due to dry forest fuels and strong winds.  This morning, the fire is estimated as 10 percent contained, at approximately 150 acres. Today, firefighters will work to complete fire trail and install hose lays around the fire.  Firefighting resources assigned to the Cable Crossing Fire today include aviation resources (helicopters and fixed wing observation aircraft, as well as single engine air tankers available if needed) and ground resources including approximately 180 firefighters.

Safety for firefighters and the general public remains the number one priority.  Due to heavy fire traffic in the area, along with hazard trees which need to be removed near the fire along Highway 138 East, ODOT still has the highway closed near the fire area.  Fire crews are working with ODOT to minimize the hazards along the highway before it is reopened for non-fire traffic.  For more information about the Highway 138 East closure, visit www.tripcheck.com.

The latest information on this fire is available from DFPA at www.dfpa.net, www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA, and/or www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NW Oregon to raise fire precaution levels July 30

July 28, 2015      

Contact:
Malcolm Hiatt
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
503-397-2636, Malcolm.e.hiatt@oregon.gov

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will increase restrictions on industrial activity in the forests of northwestern Oregon July 30 in response to rising wildfire danger forecast to begin later this week. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the NW-1 Zone will go to Level 2, and Zones NW-2 and NW-3 will rise to Level 3 on that date.

These changes affect all lands protected by the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District (ODF’s Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts), including all forestland within one-eighth of a mile of the districts. (A map showing the zones can be found on the ODF website, www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx)

Level 2: Partial Hootowl
The following activities are allowed only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:
·         powersaw use except at loading sites
·         cable yarding
·         blasting
·         welding or cutting of metal

Level 3: Partial Shutdown
The following activities are prohibited except as indicated:
  • cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
  • powersaws - except powersaws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.  
In addition, the following activities are allowed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:
  • tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fire line are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start; 
  • mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
  • blasting;
  • welding or cutting of metal;
  • any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned.
Fire watch waiver is still in effect:
IFPL 1 = 1 hour
IFPL 2 = 2 hours
IFPL 3 = 3 hours
IFPL 4 = Shutdown

With NW-2 & NW-3 at IFPL 3, the non-industrial chainsaw waiver and the OHV (off-highway vehicle) waiver are not applicable. The OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask and the trails in the BLM Nestucca Riding Area are CLOSED and will remain closed until further notice. Only the improved, maintained gravel roads in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask and all other areas of the forest remain open for OHV use. 

More information can be found at:

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Hot, dry weather coming - Be mindful of fire safety

The warm, dry conditions in Oregon this summer have produced more wildfires than average. The Oregon Department of Forestry reports 617 fires to date. The decadal average is just 432 fires. The good news is, this year’s fires have burned less forest – about 3,200 acres compared to the annual average of more than 16,000 acres. In 2015, firefighters have been able to stop most fires at relatively small size. But this coming weekend will be a test. Extremely hot, dry conditions are forecast. That increases the likelihood that  any new fires will spread rapidly. Lightning fires just happen. But human-caused fires can be prevented. Please help keep the numbers low by being mindful of fire safety in the forest.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fire Update for Monday, July 27, 2015

Rye Fire 

Progress has been made on the lightning-caused Rye Fire located approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in steep rocky terrain in Northern Wallowa County. The fire is currently 763 acres. The decrease in size is due to more accurate mapping by crews on the ground. The fire is now estimated at 80% contained and weather is cooler today. A fire camp has been established near Flora, Oregon to help support firefighters and limit the amount of traffic on area roads. The team is transitioning to a Type 4 Incident Commander in the local unit later today.

Fires on other lands

The Oak Canyon Fire (BLM) reported July 24 burning in grass and brush 9 miles SE of Dufur has the following resources assigned: two 20-person crews, 6 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS). The fire, estimated at 930 acres, is now 90 percent contained.

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 forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 27, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 188 fires burned 3,807 acres
Human-caused fires: 417 fires burned 777 acres
Total: 605 fires burned 4,584 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 27):
Lightning-caused fires: 111 fires burned 13,673 acres
Human-caused fires: 313 fires burned 2,257 acres
Total: 350 fires burned 6,916 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.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information.  If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.  

Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fire Update for Saturday, July 25, 2015


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS


Lulay Field Fire
The Lulay Field Fire was reported burning in grass yesterday on the North Cascade District. The fire reached 22 acres in size and has now been controlled.

Cause is under investigation.

Rye Fire
The lightning-caused Rye Fire near the Oregon / Washington border approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, is estimated at 763 acres and was reported Thursday night. Extended attack occurred yesterday amidst erratic winds but the forward spread has been stopped. 125 personnel are assigned to this fire.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel assumed control of the fire Thursday. Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources.

Fires on other lands

ODF personnel assisted with fire suppression Friday on a 210-acre fire near Monmouth burning mostly on agricultural lands with some forested ground as well. The fire was approximately 1/4 mile from the West Oregon District Protection Boundary; several homes were evacuated. ODF's Dalles Unit assisted, providing a type 2 helicopter and other resources and coordinating with the Rural Fire District. Fire spread has been stopped and the helicopter released.

The 0451 RN Fire was reported burning yesterday 9 miles SE of Dufur, OR. in grass and brush near a high-use campground. The fire is approximately 400 acres and 0 % contained. Lead agency is B.L.M.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.

Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fire Update for Friday, July 24, 2015

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Rye Fire 
The lightning-caused Rye Fire is burning near the Oregon / Washington border in grass and brush approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, including Nez Perce Precious Lands near the Joseph Canyon area.  The nature of the terrain and dry fuel conditions are making control difficult. The fire is estimated at 800 acres and was reported last night.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel has taken control of the fire today.  By the end of the day there are expected to be approximately 125 personnel on the fire.  Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources. 

The near-term weather report calls for warm temperatures and a slight chance of more thunderstorms. The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon.  Fire managers recommend that the public check fire regulations before heading out to enjoy the forest. 


NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information.  If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.  
Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lookingglass Fire Under Investigation

The Douglas Forest Protective Association and Lookingglass Rural Fire Department responded to a grass fire at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The fire was located near the intersection of Lookingglass and Colonial Roads.  

Firefighters stopped the fire spread at 1/10th of an acre.  

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact DFPA or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Although temperatures have dropped, fuels statewide are dry and the public is reminded to remain vigilant in preventing wildfire.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Sunday, July 19, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Sunday, July 19, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Winslow Road Fire – Using 2 SEATS, single engine air tankers, the team quickly stopped the fire’s spread at 10-12 acres. The Winslow Road Fire was located about five miles southwest of Dufur in the ODF Central Oregon District, The Dalles sub-unit. The fire’s cause remains under investigation. The fire danger level throughout the central Oregon District remains high. This will be the only update for this fire.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office), 503-910-4311 (mobile), or nick.hennemann@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information.  If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.  Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Monday, July 13, 2015

This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, July 13, 2015.

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported starting on ODF-protected forestlands in the past 72 hours.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

(Final Report):  Northeast Oregon District – Pendleton Unit:  The lightning-caused Table Rock Fire, which started on July 9 and burned in grass and brush on ODF-protected lands approximately 8 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, was reported as 100 percent contained at 218 acres on Friday afternoon, July 13.  More information:  http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com.

(Final Report):  North Cascade District – Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is now 100 percent contained at approximately 79 acres and in full mop-up.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  More information:  http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information.  If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.  Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Friday, July 10, 2015


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Friday, July 10, 2015.

Widespread thunderstorms and lightning moved throughout much of Oregon yesterday and last night, igniting numerous small fires on forestlands throughout Oregon, including those protected by ODF.  Some of that lightning came with some precipitation, which is predicted to continue as an overall cooler weather pattern moves into and throughout much of Oregon.  Cooling and minor amounts of rainfall have not appreciably decreased fire danger, however, and the public is still urged to continue to be fire-safe while enjoying or working in Oregon’s fires. 

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

(Initial Report):  Northeast Oregon District – Pendleton Unit:  Firefighters from around the area have responded to a fire ignited by a thunderstorm on Thursday evening on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla (CTUIR).  The Table Rock Fire, burning approximately 8 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, was estimated at 400 acres.  This morning, the fire is 100 percent lined and in mop-up.  The fire suppression is being led by ODF, with firefighters and/or equipment assisting from Helix, Echo, Stanfield, and Pilot Rock Rural Fire Departments, Pendleton Fire Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, CTUIR Tribal Fire, and Umatilla National Forest.  Burning in mostly grass and brush, this morning the fire is 100 percent lined and in mop-up.  Unless the situation warrants more reports, this will be the only report on this fire.  More information:  http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com

(Updated Report):  North Cascade District – Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, remains at approximately 79 acres and is now estimated as 85 percent contained, with full containment expected around Monday (July 13).  Approximately 120 firefighting personnel remained on this fire late yesterday afternoon, however resources continue to be released as the fire is more fully contained.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  More information:  http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

 
NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information.  If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.  Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger.  ODF proves fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.

 

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.