Current situation

Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Friday, August 14, 2015

Chambers Mill Fire 70 percent contained

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Steve Kendall, Incident Commander

Chambers Mill Fire daily update - Aug. 14, 2015

Night fire crews continued mop up and plumbing operations on the 180-acre Chambers Mill Fire near the community of Lorane. Fire crews completed hose lays to all areas of the fire and have water tenders and pumping stations in place. With strong containment lines in place and water to the fire, mop up operations are proceeding swiftly. Fire managers expect the fire to be fully contained later this evening.

Today’s cooler weather and higher humidities offer favorable conditions for mop up operations. The completed dozer and hand lines will be strengthened as crews complete mop up activities deeper into the fire’s perimeter.

The Western Lane District has approximately 130 people currently assigned to the fire and is providing spartan accommodations to about half of those at the ODF office in Veneta.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has re-opened both lanes of Territorial Highway. Motorists are urged use caution when passing through the area.

The Chambers Mill Fire is burning on private and public lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators on the incident include Weyerhaeuser Co. and the Bureau of Land Management. The cause remains under investigation.

Fire At A Glance

180 acres

Cause: Under Investigation

Containment: 70 percent

Expected Date of Containment: Evening of 8/14/15

Crews and Equipment:

Hand Crews: 4

Helicopters: 2

Fire engines: 4

Bulldozers: 4

Water Tenders: 6

Personnel: 130

For More Information: 541-935-2283

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