Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 08-30-15

Stouts Creek Fire

Yesterday the weather brought up to 1/10 of an inch of rain to areas within the fire. Crews continue to work to contain the Stouts Creek Fire strengthening control lines and conducting repair work.  Winds will be out of the SW at 5- 15 mph today, so firefighters will remain alert for any changes in the fire behavior. Fire size remains at 26,452 acres and is 90 percent contained. 

The Douglas Forest Protection Association staff along with the Information Officer from the Stouts Creek Fire worked a community outreach event Friday and Saturday in Canyonville.  They set up an information booth  and sign boards that included information on the fire along with fire prevention materials. The event brought more than 1,000 attendees over the two days.

“We were able to talk to many people whose lives were impacted by this fire,” said Judith Tear, Information Officer with the Florida Forest Service Type 3 Team. “Their gratitude toward everyone who has helped with the fire was humbling and their resiliency impressive.”

The Level 1 evacuation notice has been lifted for Stouts Creek fire. Oregon Department of Forestry released a new statement for “Regulated Closure Proclamation” Number 10. This proclamation was effective on August 29, 2015. Please visit the Douglas Forest Protection Association web site for more information
http://www.dfpa.net/.

There are 365 personnel assigned to the fire with six crews, 11 engines, five water tenders, one bulldozer and two helicopters. To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $36.7 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 FACTS
● 26,452 acres
● 90% contained
● Personnel:365
● Helos: 2
● Handcrews: 6
● Engines: 11
● Dozers: 1
● Water Tenders: 5
● Evacuations:None at this time

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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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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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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