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.


































Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
8/04/2015


TURNING A CORNER

“We’ve turned a corner,” said Incident Commander Link Smith when talking to firefighters at this morning’s briefing. “You’ve secured the perimeter around the fire and kept the footprint amazingly small.”
Yesterday was a successful day on the Cable Crossing Fire. The mop up operations allowed firefighters to tighten their grip on the fire, the perimeter of the fire showed no growth. The fire is at 1,819 acres and 30 percent contained.

With temperatures expected in the mid-80s, crews expect to gain more ground as the cool and dry weather permits continued mop up operations. Mop up is a methodical process to completely extinguish a wildfire. Fire crews put water on the fire, fall snags, dig out smoldering stumps, and move logs so they won’t roll downhill. Mop up is like putting your camp fire dead out, only on a monumental scale.

The public is advised that the gusty afternoon winds may increase smoke. It’s important to take precaution during increased smoke. Older adults, children and those with respiratory illnesses are more likely to be affected by smoke. Visit http://tinyurl.com/moj4wna to learn more.

As a precautionary measure, the level one evacuation notice remains in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honey Creek Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org.

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1819 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  30%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:  2 - Type 1
              44 - Type 2
 Air Tankers:  2 Tankers
 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
 Helicopters:   3 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
                         5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
                         4 – Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers:   10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders:   12
Total personnel: 1355
Estimated Cost to Date: $3,200,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index
#cablecrossingfire 
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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.






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