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 20, 2015

Kinney Fire just southwest of Detroit Lake Slows - August 20, 2015 4 p.m. Update

News Release
Pacific Northwest Region - Willamette National Forest
31006 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR 97477,

Contact:  Joanie Schmigdall (503)569-2200

Date: August 20, 2015: 1600

Kinney Fire just southwest of Detroit Lake Slows: 8/20/15 4pm Update

(Detroit, OR) Crews, engines and helicopters have proved effective against the Kinney Fire today and fire activity has decreased since earlier this morning.  The Kinney fire is on the uphill (SW) side of Forest Service Road 2212 (Kinney Creek Road) and is estimated at 12 acres.

“Fighting this fire has been a real partnership: local timber companies have provided water tenders, ODF provided a dozer to open up an access road and helicopters from other nearby fires were loaned to us. All of this has helped keep the Kinney Fire small” commented Detroit District Ranger Grady McMahan.

No structures are threatened at this time. Visitors are asked to avoid the area, and the Kinney Creek Road (FS road 2212) from the south side of the dam up to its confluence with the Slate Creek Road (FS road 2212-610) is now closed so that firefighters can do their suppression work. The closure also includes the area from the water below the road up to the top of the ridge where the fire is located (see attached map).

Firefighting and fire management is being conducted in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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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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