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, 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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