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.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stouts Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stouts Fire
Evening Update August 16, 2015

Fire crews on the Stouts Creek Fire made great headway on burnout operations because of unexpected yet favorable weather conditions. Overnight crews will reinforce fire lines and prepare lining to continue burning tomorrow.

Patrols will continue monitoring the fire lines on the west, north and east sides and addressing any flare ups that are encountered.

Minor challenges were met on the far southwestern flank of the fire from DP 68 down to Newman’s Gap because of steep terrain and unfavorable winds. Crews were assisted early in the day by heavy lift helicopters to cool hot spots and allow crews to prepare for future burnout operations when conditions are favorable.

The Stouts Creek Fire has been managed under unified command by Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2 Incident Commander Chris Cline and Forest Service Incident Commander Mike Wilde, since August 13.

The fire has blackened 24,471 acres and 70% contained. There are 1,144 personnel assigned to the fire with 24 crews, 24 engines, 29 water tenders, 19 bulldozers and 9 helicopters. Numbers of personnel and equipment will continue to shrink as objectives are met and these resources move on to assist with many of the other fires in the state and geographic area.

To date the Stout Creek Fire has cost $29 million. The Incident Management Team is protecting lands that are about 48% on state protected lands, which include BLM and private lands and 52% on the Umpqua National Forest.

Quick facts
● 24,471 acres
● 70% contained
● 158 residences threatened
● Personnel: 1,144
● Helos:
   o Type I- 3
   o Type II- 3
   o Type III- 3
● Handcrews: 24
● Engines: 24
● Dozers: 19
● Water Tenders: 29
● Evacuations: Level 1
● Monday Weather
   o Max Temp: 76-80
   o Min Humidity: around 25%
   o Winds:  Terrain driven 4-8 upslope
Phone:  541-825-3724
Cell: 206-402-7175

Our mailing address is:

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
11286 Tiller Trail Highway
Days Creek, OR 97429


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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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Protection jurisdiction

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.

Fire suppression policy

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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