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.

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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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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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