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.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Canyon Creek Complex Evening Update - Sunday, August 16, 2015

Canyon Creek Complex
Fire Facts
August 16, 2015

Type of Incident: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: August 12, 2015
Location:  One mile south of the towns of John Day and Canyon City, Oregon. 
Types of Fuel: Timber with brush and grass under story with areas of medium density logging slash.
Structures Threatened: 500+
Structures Damaged: 100+
Residences Destroyed: 26
Current Size: 37,119 acres
Percent Containment: 0%
Number of Personnel: 473
Types of resources: 2 Type 1 Crews, 8 Type2 Crews, 1 Helicopter, 35 Engines, 15 Dozers, 16 Water tenders

Actions to date:
The Canyon Creek Complex was sparked by lightning and is burning on federal, state and private jurisdiction lands.  It is being managed under a unified command structure with federal and state representation.  A Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team (IMT), IC Lund, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team, IC Walker, are currently managing firefighting efforts.

Actions today included fire retardant drops from three large airtankers as well as water drops from a large type1 helicopter.  These were used in order to minimize fire activity in the north flank of the fire and protect resources most immediately threatened.  Hand crews including 2 type 1 Hotshot crews continued to construct line and dozers improved roads for fire lines along the north and west flanks of the fire.
Damage assessments continue including evaluations of wooden bridges leading to private homes.  Highway 395 continues to be closed for safety reasons and power lines have been damaged within the 395 corridor.

Planned actions include the use of a night shift patrolling, conducting burnout operations and structure protection throughout the night.  Tomorrow’s focus will be in the north, west, and southern flanks in order to minimize damage to structures and slow the fire’s growth in those directions.
This fire is a high priority within the state for receiving critical resources when they become available..

Level 3: Dog Creek-south of Marysville
              Marysville South
              Pine Creek – Gravel Pit, South
              Canyon Creek
              Edgewood Drive Level 2: Laycock Creek                 Adams Drive
              Nans Rock Rd                   West Bench Rd
              Luce Creek                        Marysville North
              Pine Creek – Gravel Pit, North
              Dog Creek-north of Marysville


1 comment:

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