2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







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
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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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