Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Canyon Creek Complex update - Sept. 10, 2015

A warming and drying trend will continue to strengthen through Saturday. Sunday and Monday should see the return of cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Today’s high temperatures in the valleys are expected to climb into the 90s. Ridge tops should see temperatures in the 80s.  Minimum humidity will be dipping into the teens with the possibility of reaching single digits.  Winds will be 3-7 mph with gusts to 15 mph. 
On the fire
• Although the perimeter of the fire has not changed for several days, all areas of the fire remain staffed. Firefighters are monitoring areas of fire activity and responding appropriately.

• Increased interior fire activity is expected into the weekend as temperatures climb and humidity drops. Expect to see more smoke from the fire as well as more aircraft working, specifically on the east flank and Dog Creek area.

• On the east flank, firefighters continue to secure line.

• In the wilderness, personnel continue to work on the spot fire at Strawberry Lake. Firefighters will do a final check of the Slide Lake spot fire, utilizing a handheld InfraRed camera as well as systematically checking for heat by touch, smell, sight and hearing (gridding). If no heat is found they will hike out today.

• The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team continues to assess damage from the fire. They are evaluating emergency stabilization to prevent resource damage such as erosion and water runoff.
Canyon Creek Complex Facts
Type, cause, date started:  This wildfire began August 12, 2015.  Cause was lightning. 
Location: One mile south of the towns of John Day and Canyon Creek.
Fuels: Timber, brush and grass understory and medium density logging slash
Structures Damaged: 50, Destroyed: 43
Size: 110,406 acres. Containment: 85%
Personnel: 513
Resources: 12 hand crews, four helicopters, 13 fire engines, seven bulldozers, seven water tenders, four skidgines.
Open and closed
• The Grant County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuation levels.
• Malheur National Forest changed restrictions to IFPL III and Public Use Restrictions B regulating campfires, use of combustion engines, chainsaws, smoking and off-road and off-trail vehicle travel. Forest area and road closures are being reviewed daily and remain in effect for firefighter and public safety.
• Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT):  Highway 395 is open for two-way travel.  A pilot car may be on site to lead traffic in specific areas between 6 am and 4:30 pm.
• Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to be respectful of private property and to remain on the road unless invited.  Trespassing is punishable by law and violators will be prosecuted.

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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 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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