2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Daily Update - Thursday, August 6, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander
Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update


Managers of the Cable Crossing Fire are pleased by the effectiveness of mop up operations. While the fire is now 50 percent contained, firefighters are not taking their advancement for granted.
Conditions are expected to be warm and dry, with gusty winds and temperatures into the upper 80s. This is what firefighters call “heads up” weather, because a critical point has been reached in the fire operation where the weather mixed with the burned forest fuels create a potentially dangerous environment of falling trees and other hazards. Fire crews remain cautious as they continue to mop up.
The current acreage for the fire is at 1,848. The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.
Last night’s Open House at the Glide Fire Station was well attended by members of the community. About 40 people came by throughout the evening to talk to fire managers and express their gratitude. Fire managers are grateful for the Glide Fire Department’s help in organizing events and providing a meeting space to keep the community informed.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,848 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  50%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:   39
Helicopters:   5
Engines:   22
Dozers:   4
Water Tenders:   6
Total personnel: 1,037
Estimated Cost to Date: $6,300,000
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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.

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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. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.


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