Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.
































Thursday, August 20, 2015

Willamina Creek Fire Update - August 20, 2015 @ 10 a.m.


Willamina Creek Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team
West Oregon District – Dallas Unit

Fire Information number:  (503) 934-8153

August 20, 2015
10:00 am                     

Special Message: 
The Oregon Department of Forestry would like to urge everyone to be extremely careful with fire during this period of critical fire danger. Know the fire restrictions where you live and where you recreate and exercise extreme caution when you’re in the forest. Everyone has a role in preventing the next fire.

Current Situation: 
The Willamina Creek fire started at approximately 5:00 pm on August 19 on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire is currently estimated to be about 100 acres and is burning in heavy fuels on private and BLM timberland. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s West Oregon District were assisted last night by resources from Sheridan, Amity, West Valley, Dundee, Dayton and McMinnville. Two helicopters and 3 SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers) also assisted ground operations. Today crews will work to continue building line with bulldozers and by hand working towards building line around the fire’s perimeter.

Weather and Fire Behavior: 
Today’s weather is predicted to be cooler with higher humidity than yesterday which fire managers hope will assist crews with making progress on the fire. The forecast calls for temperatures to be 74-81 degrees and 36-50% humidity today.

Fire Statistics

Location:  approx. 9 miles north of Willamina, OR                    
Percent contained: 5%                       
Size:  100 acres (estimated)                                                         
Cause:  under investigation                                   
Start Date: 8/19/15                              

Wildland resources assigned to the fire include: 7 hand crews, 5 engines, 4 dozers, 16 water tenders, and overhead personnel. 

Air resources:  1 Type 2 helicopter
Total personnel:  191

Evacuations and closures:
Four cabins along East Creek Road are 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 - wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter - twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

 

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Current wildfire info

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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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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