2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

South Jetty Fire Update - Thursday, August 6, 2015 @ 8:30 a.m. PDT

South Jetty Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry -
Astoria District
Incident Commanders: Neal Bond, ODF
August 6, 2015   8:30 AM
Fire Information Phone: 503-338-8442



Yesterday crews made good progress and have built fire line around the entire fire perimeter and anchored to the river beach dune on each end.  To date, crews have laid approximately 15,000 feet (almost 2.8 miles) of hose. 
Shortly after dawn this morning, a very light drizzle sprinkled moisture over the fire.  This was welcome relief to the night crew which spent the night mopping up hot spots in the interior of the fire.
Today crews will grid the burn area.  The process of gridding involves systematically walking the fire and identifying and flagging hot spots for the hand crews to dig up and douse with water. 
Fire officials and State Park managers will remove the road block today at 2:00 pm.  Public will have full access except for parking lot C, which will remain closed for fire management purposes. 

Fire at a Glance 08/06/2015
Size:   27 acres
Containment: 80 %
Expected Containment:  08/08/15
Cause: under investigation
Resources on fire:
 Crews: 2 (10 man)
 Air Tankers: 0
 Helicopters: 0
 Engines: 1
 Dozers: 0
 Water Tenders: 1
 Total Personnel: 26
Estimated Costs to Date: UNK
Threatened Structures: 0
Injuries: 0

For additional information:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or Ashley.M.Lertora@oregon.gov

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