This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Saturday, August 8, 2015.
NEW FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDSNo new fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the previous 24 hours on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
FIRES CURRENTLY BURNING ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Cable Crossing Fire, reported July 28 burning on DFPA-protected private and public forestlands six miles east of Glide, is currently estimated at 1,848 acres (no change from the past two days) and 70 percent contained, with approximately 700 personnel assigned. Fire managers continue releasing fire crews and equipment, sending them to other fires around the region. Fire danger remains high all across Oregon, with the chance of new fires also remaining high, and releasing crews and equipment as soon as they are no longer needed on one fire ensures that these resources are available when they are needed for the next fires. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a road and area closure that affects public lands inside the Cable Crossing Fire perimeter and beyond. Additionally, the North Umpqua River Corridor is closed to all activities, from Baker Wayside downstream to Deadline Falls. The North Umpqua Trail is also closed from Tioga Bride downstream to the Swiftwater Trailhead. The trailhead, day use area, and bridge at Swiftwater Park are also closed. Information on the specifics of the closure, including the closure area map, is available on the fire’s Inciweb site. For more information, visit http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php or contact the Roseburg BLM District Office at 541-440-4930. Both lanes of Highway 138 are now open. Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of this fire July 30. The cause of the Cable Crossing Fire remains under investigation.Cable Creek Fire information:
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Stouts Creek Fire, reported July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo on forestlands protected by DFPA, is currently estimated at approximately 21,858 acres and 30 percent contained, with over 1,500 personnel assigned. Friday's night crews continued to make significant progress on the fire, with several areas now in the mop up stages. However, the fire remains active on the northeast and southeast edges of the perimeter, and residents can expect to see smoke and possibly flames on the ridge above Tiller-Trail Highway. Helicopters will continue to be visible along the South Umpqua River as they work on hot spots and in support of firefighting activities, as well as possibly air tankers. Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution if they encounter smoke on roadways in the fire area, use headlights and slow their speed for safety, but not to slow or stop to view firefighting operations, so as to help maintain traffic flow. Structure protection resources and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Green Team personnel demobilized today, August 8, after determining that protection benchmarks were met. Mitigation and various defensible space activities were completed, and a structure protection plan is in place for both the assigned wildland resources and county fire agencies, with two structure task forces from Douglas County available if needed. All evacuation levels within the fire area remain at Level 1 (Get Ready) and Level 2 (Get Set). Public meetings are scheduled for this evening (in Azalea at 6:30 p.m. at the Azalea Christian Center) and tomorrow evening (in Milo at 7 p.m. at the Milo VFD). There are public land and road closures in place for the fire area by both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Information on the specifics of those closures, including maps, is available on the fire’s Inciweb site. The Stouts Creek Fire is burning on private timberlands, other tracts of private land, and Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest lands. The fire being managed under joint command by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander Buckman) and the U.S. Forest Service. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.Stouts Fire Information:
Northeast Oregon District – LaGrande Unit: The Phillips Creek Fire, reported August 1 burning seven miles northwest of Elgin in brush, grass, slash, and heavy timber predominantly in the Phillips Creek Drainage on the Umatilla National Forest, is reported today having burned 2,250 acres, including approximately 435 acres of ODF-protected private forestlands (no change in ODF-protected acres from yesterday’s report from the team). The fire is now 25 percent contained, with 736 personnel assigned. Operations on the Philips Creek Fire will make smoke more visible today from La Grande and areas south and west of the fire. Yesterday’s operations were successfully completed on portions of the fire above Hwy 204 yesterday, with helicopter supporting burning operations to help keep the fire controlled as it burned to the pre-established fire lines and down towards the highway. Contingency lines were improved and mop-up activities continue near the fire line in multiple divisions. Today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms, and the fire is expected to become more active in the afternoon as winds from the southwest become more prevalent. Firefighters will continue mopping up hot spots from the fire’s edge towards the interior portions of the fire on multiple divisions. Mop-up continues on the south flank, adjacent to private lands, and in other areas where the fire line has been tied into the perimeter. Firefighting operations may continue to impact travel in that area on Highway 204, with smoky conditions again today in the vicinity of the highway, necessitating pilot cars or temporary road closures. Travelers need to drive with caution as smoke may reduce visibility, and firefighters and equipment could be present. For the latest status of Highway 204, visit www.tripcheck.com. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett Fillis), assumed management of the Phillips Creek Fire on August 5. Due to the impact and continuing threats to ODF-protection, ODF is fully engaged with the team, who is officially working for both the Umatilla National Forest and ODF. This involvement and participation with the team includes ODF divisions assigned specifically to help protect ODF-protected private forestlands, as well as several other ODF personnel who are either assigned directly to the team or serving as liaisons.Phillips Creek Fire Information:
WILDFIRE SMOKESmoke may continue to persist where wildfires are burning in in Oregon, including times when burn-out firefighting operations are taking place. For updates on smoke density and public health advisories, see www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. Wildfires and severe smoke can create dangerous conditions for people, especially those with chronic health conditions. Learn what you can do to reduce the risk of health effects of wildfire smoke.
NEWS MEDIANews media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
ABOUT THIS UPDATEThis update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.