Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Daily Update - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

Cable Crossing Fire Daily Update


Firefighters on the Cable Crossing Fire are deep into mop up. As crews complete their operations, the Fire Team has begun releasing some crews and heavy equipment to make them available to the other wildfires active in the region. The fire is mapped at 1,800 acres and 40 percent contained.

Mop up remains the focus of both the day and night shifts. A methodical tedious task, it involves putting a lot of water to the fire and digging out stump holes and roots to extinguish any remaining fire. Firefighters literally use their bare hands to test for residual heat.

In the modern age, this high-touch approach is guided by high-tech. Specially equipped Lear Jets fly nightly thermal infrared scans of the fire’s heat signature. Down on the ground, the night crew patrol fire’s perimeter with hand-help infrared scanners to detect local heat pockets. The Fire Team then combines these information sources to prioritize mop up operations.

As the fire winds down, the Fire Team invites community residents to a Cable Crossing Fire Open House between 7-8 pm Wednesday, August 5 at the Glide Fire Station. Members of the Fire Team will be present and available to explain maps of the fire. Volunteers from the Red Cross will hand out cold drinks, snacks and emergency preparedness information.

Evacuation notices in the vicinity of the Cable Crossing Fire (Little River Road and along Highway 138 near Evergreen Lane) have been lifted. However, fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of flaggers.

The Fire Team and Douglas Forest Protective Association extend thanks and appreciation to the residents of Glide and environs for their support and cooperation throughout this event.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1800 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  40%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:  2 - Type 1
              44 - Type 2
 Air Tankers:  2 Tankers
 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
 Helicopters:   3 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
                         5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
                         4 – Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers:   10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders:   12
Total personnel: 1355
Estimated Cost to Date: $3,200,000
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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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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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