Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Final update - Dry Gulch Fire

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER

September 18, 2015 Update

Halfway, OR – The Dry Gulch Fire is now 17,823 acres and 75 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team will hand the fire back to local jurisdictions at the end of shift today and travel back to their respective home units tomorrow.

 With little smoke showing, firefighters will use infrared hand held devices to locate hot spots throughout the fire area and perform mop-up to ensure that there is no potential for future flare-ups or escape. This procedure is very similar to putting a campfire completely out by drowning the fire and breaking up the material.  Rehabilitation efforts are also taking place to repair the landscape and infrastructure damaged by fire suppression efforts. Rehab work includes mending fences and constructing water bars along dozer and hand lines to prevent future erosion from heavy rains.

The fire team would like to take this opportunity and thank the residents in Halfway, Richland, New Bridge, Carson and Cornucopia for their hospitality and support during the fire suppression effort.

To stay current on fire information, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/drygulchfire2015 or at www.oregon.gov/odf. To check on this fire and others across the country, visit www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.


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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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