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 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.

● 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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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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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