Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































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
8/07/2015

CONTAINMENT ESTIMATE REACHES 60 PERCENT
REHABILITATION EFFORTS BEGIN


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
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire 

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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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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.



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