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





Saturday, August 8, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Saturday, August 8, 2015

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

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
8/08/2015


CREWS DEPARTING FOR OTHER FIRES
BLM TEMPORARILY CLOSES RIVER AND TRAIL ACCESS


Containment on the Cable Crossing Fire has climbed to 70 percent and fire managers continue releasing fire crews and equipment and sending them to other fires around the region. “Fire danger remains high all across Oregon and there is a great chance of new fires. We want make sure these are resources available when the fire bell rings again,” said Dave Lorenz, Southern Oregon Area Manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Some crews from the Cable Crossing Fire have been sent to the Stouts Creek Fire near Tiller, the Collier Butter Fire near Gold Beach, and to fires burning in Washington State.

To ensure public safety and resource integrity, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a temporary closure of some their lands in Douglas County. The closure area affects public lands inside the Cable Crossing Fire perimeter and beyond. Additionally, the North Umpqua River Corridor is closed to all activities from Baker Wayside downstream to Deadline Falls. The North Umpqua Trail is also closed from Tioga Bride downstream to the Swiftwater Trailhead. The trailhead, day use area, and bridge at Swiftwater Park are also closed.
For more information on the BLM temporary closure please visit: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php or contact the Roseburg BLM District Office at 541-440-4930.
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:  70%
Expected Containment:  8/12/15
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:   27
Helicopters:   4
Engines:  19
Dozers:   5
Water Tenders:   15
Total personnel: 732
Estimated Cost to Date: $7,900,000
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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