Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Sunday, August 9, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Final Update - Sunday, August 9, 2015

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

Cable Crossing Fire Daily Update
8/09/2015


FIRE TEAM TRANSITION

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Link Smith, handed the fire over to a smaller type 3 organization this morning. The Team would like to again thank the Glide community for their kind hospitality and support during our stay.

The size of the fire is 1,857 acres and is now 80 percent contained. The fire is expected to be fully contained by Wednesday, August 12.

While fire crews have reached between 300 and 500 feet into the fire from the perimeter with mop up operations, residents may see smoke for several days from burning stumps and snags well within containment lines.

The Type 3 Team in place for the next few days is made up of about 225 firefighters and support staff. The fire camp has been moved from French Creek Road to the Incident Command Post at the old Glide Jr. High School on Glide Loop Road.

Now that the smoke has cleared over the Cable Crossing Fire, residents should continue to treat fire season with respect. Everyone is encouraged to follow current fire season restrictions to prevent human caused fires.

In addition, residents who live in the wildland urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire threatens communities. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at www.wildlandfirersg.org/

To stay up to date on fire information in Douglas County, please follow Douglas Forest Protective Association on Twitter and Facebook. Other valuable resources include www.inciweb.nwcg.gov, www.oregon.gov/odf, www.keeporegongreen.org and www.airnow.gov.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1857 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  80%
Expected Containment:  August 12, 2015
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:  8 - Type 2
Engines: 7
Dozers:   1
Water Tenders:  3
Total personnel: 225
Estimated Cost to Date: $9,100,000
For More Information:
541-817-7186
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/DFPA
http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index
#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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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