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 3, 2015

Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update July 3 evening

Corner Creek Fire - Sugarloaf Fire

 July 3, 2015, 8 p.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (541) 987-2348 or cornercreekfireinfo@gmail.com

The Corner Creek Fire continues to grow to the south and west along the South Fork John Day River. Extremely hot and dry weather conditions are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland, burning actively about 11 miles south of Dayville. Firefighters continue to work to protect structures near the fire and prevent the fire from crossing to the east side of the river. The fire is anticipated to burn actively into the night.

Night shift firefighters will concentrate on structure protection, preventing the fire from crossing the river and checking the spread of the fire to the south.

The South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 is closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. A forest closure has also been issued for part of the Ochoco National Forest near the Corner Creek Fire, including the Black Canyon Wilderness and Frazier and Mud Springs campgrounds.

The Sugarloaf Fire continues to burn on its northeast edge in areas with heavy fuels. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue in this area. The rest of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire have little heat and are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. Fire personnel and equipment not needed on these fires are being reassigned to the Corner Creek Fire.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until Saturday at 8:00 p.m., indicating an increased chance of fire development and spread. The hot, dry weather with periods of gusty winds are expected to continue into the weekend.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.

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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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