With most of the state having gone five to six weeks without significant rain, many ODF districts have increased the fire danger level to high. When fire danger is high, outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire are typically banned in or near forestland, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.














Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 08-27-15

Crews continue to work to contain the Stouts Creek Fire. Day and night operations remain as firefighters continue suppression, strengthening control lines and conducting repair work. No perimeter growth is expected. Yesterday a Type 1 helicopter made 22 drops of approximately 700 gallons per drop. A total of 15,400 gallons were dropped on a flare up on the south end of the fire east of Cow Creek. Fire size remains at 26,452 acres (due to more accurate mapping) and is 86 percent contained.  

“We are committed to this fire and the state of Oregon.” said Butch Galbraith, Operations Chief for the Florida Forest Service Incident Management Team, “It is important to us to leave this community and our fire partners with a manageable and operable situation during this dry fire season.” Mr. Galbraith went on to say, “The team, along with all other fire resources, will work together to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible.”

Level 1 evacuation notice is still in effect along Hwy 227 from mile post 26-20 and 28-34. Also Upper Cow Creek Road remains at Level 1 from the east end of the road. The fire area remains closed to the public. 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 418 personnel assigned to the fire with 8 crews, 11 engines, 5 water tenders, 2 bulldozers and 2 helicopters. To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $36 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 FACTS
● 26,452 acres
● 86% contained
● 158 residences threatened
● Personnel:418
● Helicopters: 2
● Hand crews: 8
● Fire engines: 12
● Bulldozers: 2
● Water Tenders: 5
● Evacuations:. All areas remain at Evacuation Level 1 (Get Ready).
 
FIRE INFORMATION
Phone:  541-825-3724
Cell: 206-402-7175
stoutsfire@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/stoutsfire
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stoutsfirephotos/
@stoutsfire #stoutsfire
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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