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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Willamina Creek Fire update - Aug. 20, 2015 evening

Oregon Department of Forestry Team
West Oregon District - Dallas Unit

Fire Information number: (503) 934-8153

August 20, 2015
10:00 p.m.

Current Situation:
Fire managers are feeling optimistic about progress made on the Willamina Creek Fire today. The work the night shift completed last night set the day shift up for a productive day. Crews working by hand, aided by bulldozers and a helicopter, continued to build and strengthen fireline around the fire. Cooler marine air lowered temperatures which helped moderate the fire behavior. A period of higher winds in the early evening challenged containment lines leading to a few hot spots. The night shift crews will be working to contain those hot spots tonight. Mop-up work has begun on portions of the fireline.

The Willamina Creek fire started at approximately 5 p.m. Aug. 19 on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire is currently estimated to be about 120 acres and is burning in heavy fuels on Bureau of Land Management and private timberlands. An infrared flight has been requested for tonight which will provide a better assessment of total acreage.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Tonight's forecasted weather should help to moderate fire activity. Temperatures are forecasted to be 52-55 degrees with 94-98 percent humidity.

Fire Statistics
Location: approx. 9 miles north of Willamina, OR
Percent contained: 10%
Size: 120 acres (estimated)
Cause: under investigation
Start Date: 08/19/15
Wildland resources assigned to the fire for tonight's night shift include: 2 hand crews, 4 fire engines, 2 bulldozers, 2 water tenders, and overhead personnel.
Total personnel assigned to the fire (approximately): 191

Evacuations and closures:
Four cabins along East Creek Road remain under a Level 3 evacuation.
Willamina Creek Road and East Creek Road are closed north of the junction with Coast Creek Road.
Places to get information:
ODF Fire Blog - http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter - www.twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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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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