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.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 08-26-15

Daily Update August 26 2015

Crews have made excellent progress on strengthening the lines and holding the fire within the perimeter.  To date, approximately 51 miles of fire line surround the fire.  The fire size is at 26,452 acres (due to more accurate mapping) and is 86 percent contained. 

The Stouts Creek Fire is now being managed by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) Type 3 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Mike Work. The team will continue to work with local agencies to contain the fire and protect the community.

“We will continue to carry on the good work of the teams before us” said Mike Work, IC Florida Incident Management Team, “We appreciate all the hard labor that brought us this far.”

Fire operations managers have secured the fire and are confident the fire line will hold.  The threat to structures has decreased to the point that as of 7 a.m. on August 24, all evacuation levels were reduced to a Level 1 (Ready).  Local residents should be aware of the danger that still exists in their area, monitor emergency services, websites and local media outlets for information.

There are 420 personnel assigned to the fire with 8 crews, 12 fire engines, 5 water tenders, 2 bulldozers and 4 helicopters. To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $35.7 million. The Incident Management Team is protecting lands that are about 46 percent on state-protected lands, which include Bureau of Land Management and private lands, and 54 percent on the Umpqua National Forest.
 


FIRE AT A GLANCE
● 26,452 acres
● 86% contained
● 158 residences threatened
● Personnel:420
● Helicopters: 4
● Hand crews: 8
● Fire engines: 12
● Bulldozers: 2
● Water Tenders: 5
● Evacuations:. All areas remain at Evacuation Level 1 (Get Ready).

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