Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Daily Update - Friday, August 7, 2015

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

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update


Fire managers now estimate containment on the Cable Crossing Fire at 60 percent. “We are quickly winding down this fire and wrapping it up. Your hard work and dedication brought us to this point and I want to thank you for that,” Link Smith, Incident Commander on the Cable Crossing Fire, told fire crews gathered at the morning briefing.
Fire crews continue to make steady progress on mop up operations, making nightly use of hand-held infrared scanners to detect residual heat. “We want to be very thorough as we mop up and make a smooth transition back to the Douglas Forest Protective Association,” remarked Mike White, Night Shift Operations Section Chief.

The day shift remains focused on mop up, tonight’s operations will shift to patrol status with three crews scanning for lingering heat and two engines scouting for smoke and flare ups from the road network.

As the fire winds down, rehabilitation efforts have begun to mitigate damage from suppression activities. Crews will be installing water bars on dozer line to control soil erosion, protect water quality and prevent sediment from entering streams and rivers. Several small creeks in the burned area flow into the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River which is home to renowned populations of salmon and steelhead.

The current acreage for the fire is at 1,848. The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public.
Both lanes of Highway 138 are now open.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1,848 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  60%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:   39
Helicopters:   5
Engines:   22
Dozers:   4
Water Tenders:   23
Total personnel: 1,037
Estimated Cost to Date: $7,600,000
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Current wildfire info

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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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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