Current information about fires on department-protected lands
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.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Eagle Complex update - 08-30-15
On Saturday, gusty winds tested the
containment lines that firefighters have been constructing from the eastern
flank of the fire to the natural barriers near the boundary of the Eagle
Cap Wilderness. Despite wind gusts of 40 mph, firefighters, working with
the assistance of helicopters, kept the fire within the containment lines.
Aerial resources also supported structure protection efforts in the
Footbridge area as the western flank of the fire continued to back down the
Two Colors and Boulder Creek drainages. In the afternoon, the fire area was
blanketed with light rain and the humidity helped suppress fire activity.
On Sunday, weather conditions are forecasted to be cooler with high
relative humidity and a 50 percent chance of showers. Firefighters are
looking to take advantage of the break in the weather to secure containment
lines along the fire perimeter, continue mopping up around structures in
East Eagle Creek and manage fire activity in the Boulder Creek drainage.
The Eagle Complex is
currently 12,504 acres and 25 percent contained. Although the containment has
not increased in the past few days, natural barriers around much of the fire
perimeter on the north are anticipated to limit future fire growth. Rocky areas
and open meadows to the north and northeast of the fire perimeter are unlikely
to support further fire activity in these directions.
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).
Date: August 11, 2015 Cause:
Lightning Location: 20
Miles NW of Richland, Oregon Size:
12,504 acres Containment:
25% Resources: 315
crews, 12 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 5 bulldozers
4 Type 1 helicopters,1 Type 3 helicopters
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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.
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. 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.
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.