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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 08-19-15

Crews on the Stouts Creek Fire are nearing the goal of encircling the fire with containment lines. Last night, fire crews burned out another small chunk of the fire line, leaving less than one-half mile of fire line to be completed. Once this is accomplished there will be 51 miles of fire line around this fire.

“We are very close to closing this gap and having this fire fully lined. We are getting close to connecting the firelines at the south end of the fire,” said John Pellisier Operation Section Chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

With firefighting forces focused on the southern end of the fire, Incident Commander  Chris Cline reminded fire crews to remain vigilant throughout the day as temperatures climb and conditions change.

“Today we will hold and strengthen our containment lines and, when the time is right, we will close the gap,” he said.

Fire weather forecasters predict today will not be as hot and dry as yesterday, however fire conditions
are still extreme. As long as the inversion remains above the fire, fire activity will be low and smoke will persist. Crews will continue to patrol the fire line and mop-up any hot spots.

A Level 2 Evacuation notice (Get Set) remains in place for residents on Upper Cow Creek Road east of Devils Flat to the end of the road. This precautionary measure is because of high temperatures and low humidities that may cause increased fire behavior. The Stouts Creek Fire is 74% contained and still has the potential for rapid growth. A contingency plan to protect structures on Upper Cow Creek has been put into place and will be activated if needed. Evacuation levels for all other areas remain unchanged.

Even though personnel and equipment are needed on other fires, fire managers are keeping the resources required to meet the goals of fire containment and resource protection.

The Stouts Creek Fire has been managed under unified command by Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2 Incident Commander Chris Cline and Forest Service Incident Commander Mike Wilde, since August 13.

The fire has burned 25,324 acres and is 74 percent contained. There are 1,010 personnel assigned to the fire with 17 crews, 22 engines, 25 water tenders, 14 bulldozers and eight helicopters.

To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $31.4 million. The Incident Management Team is protecting lands that are about 48 percent on state protected lands, which include BLM and private lands and 52 percent on the Umpqua National Forest.

Quick facts
● 25,324 acres
● 74% contained
● 158 residences threatened
● Personnel: 1,010
● Helos: 8
● Handcrews: 17
● Engines: 22
● Dozers: 14
● Water Tenders: 25
● Evacuations:  Level 2 (Set) for the area of Upper Cow Creek Road east from Devil's Flat to the end of the road. All other areas remain in Level 1.
● Today's Fireline Weather
   - Max Temp: Upper 80s,
      low 90s
   - Min Humidity: 20-30%
   - Winds: Terrain driven,
      less than 10 

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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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