Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx




Sunday, August 30, 2015

ODF fire update - 08-30-15

This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

FIRE FACTS

The 12,504-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 25 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 315 total personnel. Resources include: nine hand crews, 12 fire engines and five helicopters.

The 101,465-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 49 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with759 total personnel. Resources include: 10 hand crews, 67 fire engines and nine helicopters.

The 20,635-acre Eldorado Fire five miles SE of Unity is 90 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 32 total personnel. Resources include: one hand crew and four fire engines.

The 102,089-acre Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex 16 miles south of Baker City is 85 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 33 total personnel. Resources include: one hand crew and four fire engines.

The 73,658-acre Grizzly Bear Complex 20 miles SE of Dayton, Wash., and near Troy, Ore., in the Northeast Oregon District is 10 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 749 total personnel. Resources include: 12 hand crews, 34 fire engines and five helicopters.

The 26,452-acre Stouts Creek Fire 16 miles east of Canyonville is 90 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 365 total personnel. Resources include: six hand crews, 11 fire engines, and two helicopters.

The 396-acre Falls Creek Fire five miles south of Joseph is 35 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 186 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews and nine fire engines.

The 200-acre Cove Fire in the Central Oregon District three miles NW of Culver, Ore., is 30 percent contained. Firefighters are performing mop-up today and securing fire lines. The fire was human-caused. ODF, Jefferson County RFD, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are partnering in the suppression effort. Two vacant residences and several outbuildings were destroyed. The fire was reported Aug. 29.

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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