Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cornet Fire 12,600 acres, 10 percent contained

Fire Information
Jamie Knight
Phone: 541-786-0501

 Incident Management
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Type 2 IMT
Incident Commander: Brian Goff

Transitioning to Type 1 Team which will manage Cornet and Windy Ridge Fires. Team arriving 2 p.m. today. Incident Command Post location: Burnt River School, Unity, Oregom

Acres: 12,600
Percent contained: 10 percent

Today’s update and objectives:
§  The south and west flanks were held yesterday due to firefighting efforts. Firefighters will continue to build line today to the northeast as resources are available.

§  The fire spotted into Stices Gulch overnight. Two threatened structures were protected. The priority today is to stop progression of the fire into Stices Gulch. Baker County is protecting structures and more structure firefighting resources are arriving today due to Conflagration Act being invoked.

Overall objectives
§  Provide for safety of firefighters and public.

§  Stop fire progression into areas with residences, minimize acres burned on private land and in sage grouse habitat, and protect communication infrastructure, mines and cattle.

§  Keep communities and interested parties informed of fire conditions and fire management actions.

§  Coordinate with emergency management agencies.

There are 267 resources on the fire.

Breezy conditions again today with south to SW winds at 9 to 15 mph and gusts upward of 20 mph. Local terrain can affect speed and direction of winds in the fire area. Temperatures will be 95 to 100.
Minimum relative humidity in the teens.

Fire Behavior
Fire is mainly in grass and shrubs in the alleys changing to juniper and pine further upslope. There is a mix of conifer at higher elevations and ridges. Slopes are steep and with the wind, contribute to rapid spread rates and spotting. Fire behavior is likely to increase significantly around 2 pm and continue until the sun lowers around 8 p.m.

Baker County Sheriff’ Office has issued a Level 3 Evacuation Order for Stices Gulch and a level 2
Evacuation Order for Rancheria Creek, Black Mountain and Denny Creek. Area closure on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.


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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 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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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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