Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.









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 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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