2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

The August Fire is burning on the south side of Highway 26 - HIGHWAY (BOTH LANES) ARE CLOSED


There is a four-acre fire burning near Milepost 43, on the south side of Highway 26 that has caused ODOT to CLOSE the highway (both lanes).  Visit www.tripcheck.org for details on the highway closure, delays, or detours.

The fire, reported at about 3 p.m., is named the August Fire, and is burning about 10 miles west of Banks.  Four ODF engines out of the Forest Grove District have responded, as well as five engines from Banks and Elsie-Vine Maple RFDs, and Washington County Fire District 2 and the Forest Grove Fire District.  Air resources on the fire are one helicopter and two single-engine-air-tankers.  There are approximately 60 total personnel working the fire.  Weather conditions:  Winds are calm and the temperature is 75 degrees. 
 
The fire has been determined to be human-caused.
 
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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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