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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stouts Fire Morning Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stouts Fire
Daily Update
August 4, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

On Monday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions by constructing fire lines and conducting burn out operations. The fire increased to 17,166 acres as crews burned out vegetation to help protect a communications site and reinforce dozer and hand lines. Last night, crews were able to put in more miles of line than expected. Fire officials stated that four or five more days as productive as yesterday will make a difference.

“Good progress has been made, we’ve gained a foothold,” said Bill Hahnenberg of the US Forest Service, one of the Incident Commanders with the unified command managing the fire.

The fire is 10% contained with 1,272 people working on this incident representing multiple local, state, and federal natural resource and fire service agencies. The incident has an excellent safety record despite the difficult terrain and extremely hot and dry weekend weather.

The weather forecast projects continued favorable conditions that should help firefighters make gains on containing the fire. Smoke and flames from burn out operations are expected to be visible from Tiller and Drew areas. Structural firefighters are providing “point-protection” as needed around residences adjacent to the fire. The smoke inversion that has been a regular occurrence on this incident is expected to lift by mid-day, allowing additional air support available to firefighters.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, and Marion counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. The Red Cross evacuation shelter in Canyonville has closed, but staff remains on call in case circumstances change. Contingency plans are in place to open a shelter on the eastern or southern end of the fire if necessary.

Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 317 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place 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 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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