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.


































Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chambers Mill Fire 80% Lined, 40% Contained

Fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Western Lane District are getting the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire two miles south of the community of Lorane. To date, the Chambers Mill Fire has blackened 180 acres and is predominantly burning on private forestlands protected by ODF. 

The fire is 80 percent lined with a combination of bulldozer and hand lines and is estimated at 40 percent contained. Fire managers expect to fully contain the blaze by tomorrow night.

“Yesterday’s initial attack was supported by a heavy air tanker and three single engine air tankers. Today’s game plan calls for using dozers and hand crews to strengthen existing control lines. Our ground game will be supported by two helicopters dropping water to slow the spread of the fire,” said Link Smith, District Forester for the Western Lane District of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Fire crews are staging equipment and personnel along Territorial Highway south of Lorane. To ensure public and firefighter safety, the Oregon Department of Transportation has restricted access on Territorial Highway to one lane with a pilot car. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible and use caution when traveling near the fire.

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.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 180 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  40 percent
Expected Date of Containment:  8/14/15
Crews and Equipment: 
Hand Crews:  4
Helicopters:   2
Engines:  4
Dozers:   4
Water Tenders:  6
For More Information:
541-935-2283 ext 242
https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
https://www.tripcheck.com
 

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Current wildfire info

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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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Protection jurisdiction

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.



Fire suppression policy

The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.





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