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

South Jetty Fire Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

South Jetty Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry -
Astoria District & Warrenton Fire Dept.
Incident Commanders: Neal Bond, ODF and Warrenton Fire Chief Tim Demers
August 4, 2015   8:30 AM

Fire Information Phone: 503-338-8442

Current Situation:
At approximately 6:00 pm last evening, a fire broke out at the South Jetty in the Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton, OR. 
Unified Command between Oregon Dept. of Forestry and Warrenton Fire Dept. was established at the onset of the incident.
Fire fighters and equipment from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Astoria Office and the Warrenton Fire Dept. immediately responded.  West winds caused the fire to grow rapidly and a medium sized helicopter was quickly ordered and arrived to work in the remaining daylight. The helicopter was released from the fire at sunset.  Two South Fork Crews worked throughout the night to extinguish flames while engines supplied water to the fire fighters.  While the fire continued to increase in fire size overnight, crews worked to limit the growth and lay the hose and fittings for today’s day shift.
Today, Warrenton fire fighters will be released to resume their normal jobs.  The community appreciates their time and commitment to protecting our local natural areas.  ODF will assume command of the fire. 
ODF will increase South Fork crews as fire fighters continue battling the fire.  In preparation, last night crews plumbed the fire with fire hose and fittings for continued suppression efforts by today’s crews.  The fire is consuming beach grass, shrubs, shore pine and Sitka spruce trees.
The incident is being managed out of Parking Lot C.  Fort Stevens State Park has blocked public entrance to Parking Lots C and D until further notice.

Fire at a Glance
Size:   27 acres
Containment: 15 %
Expected Containment: UNK
Cause: under investigation
Resources on fire:
 Crews: 3 (10 man)
 Air Tankers: 0
 Helicopters: 0
 Engines: 2
 Dozers: 0
 Water Tenders: 1
 Total Personnel: 40
Estimated Costs to Date: UNK
At this time, no structures are threatened.  
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lertora, PIO at 503-338-8442 or

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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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