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.







Friday, July 31, 2015

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




 

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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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