Current information about fires on department-protected lands
2015 another severe fire season
A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Eagle Complex update - 08-27-15
Incident Summary Start
11, 2015 Cause:
Lightning Location: 20
Miles NW of Richland, Oregon Size: 11,908 acres Containment:
7% Resources: 328
Crews, 14 Engines, 4 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
Type 1 Helicopters,1 Type 3 Helicopters
Wednesday, air support from fixed wing aircraft - including one 11,600-gal. retardant drop from a DC-10 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) - totaled
30,000 gal. on the Eagle Complex ,with an additional 2,000 gal.
dropped using heavy helicopters. The aerial resources assisted firefighters
in securing containment lines and cooling hot spots across the fire,
primarily focusing on the East Eagle area where crews continued preparing
lines in preparation for a burnout running from the eastern most section of
the fire to the Little Eagle Creek. Crews were able to bring fire from the
southern edge of the fire to the east of Forest Service Road 7745, down the
hill to the road. Finally, structure protection measures remain in place
around the fire perimeter including near Footbridge, just north of where
the fire is continuing to back down the Boulder Creek and Two Colors
drainages toward Forest Service Road 7755.
On Thursday, winds are expected to remain out of the south-southwest with
gusts up to 20 m.p.h. Indirect containment lines running east to west from
the eastern-most section of the fire to the Eagle Cap Wilderness are
expected to be completed today, and firefighters plan to burn out from the
containment lines to secure the fire’s eastern edge as conditions allow.
Aerial resources will continue supporting firefighters on the ground during
the burnout operation. Crews remain engaged in mop-up efforts on Forest
Service Road 77 to the junction of the 7745 road to secure the southern
edge of the fire, as well as continuing mop-up around structures in the
East Eagle Creek area.
Evacuations: The Baker County Sheriff's Office maintains a LEVEL 3
evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns
to the Northeast at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long
Creek drainage to the wilderness.
The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the
junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to Carson
down to the forest boundary remain at LEVEL 2 (Get Set). Evacuation levels
for the Eagle Complex are available on the interactive incident map (http://arcg.is/1I5DaJw).
Area Fire Closures: There is an area
closure in effect for the Eagle Complex near Main Eagle, East Eagle,
Tamarack Campground and Two Color Campground. Please see the link to the
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/home).
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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, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
What we do
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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.