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.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT

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

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update


After days of playing defense on the Cable Crossing Fire, today firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity to go on the offensive. In this case, playing offense meant building and strengthening containment lines, getting water to the fire, and conducting burnout operations on small patches.

Local landowner cooperator/representative Jake Gibbs of Lone Rock Timber remarked, "ODF always has good plans and today they actually had the chance to implement those plans and took it."

If the theme of the day shift was seize the day, the theme of the night shift was be flexible. The lower temperatures and higher humidities may stymie burn out plans but these condition are ideal for conducting mop up operations and getting more water to the fire.
The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon.
Today's cloudy cooler weather of will give way to higher temperatures tomorrow. With forecasted temperatures in the 90s and variable winds expect an uptick in fire activity tomorrow.

The fire is currently 1613 acres and 20 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,613 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1
44 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - 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: 1250
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,500,000


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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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