This is the Oregon Department of Forestry Daily Fire Update for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.
Currently in Oregon, more than 300,000 acre of forest and rangeland are burning. The good news is, firefighters are making steady progress to contain these fires. Cooler weather and higher humidity have helped.
Temperatures are forecasted to creep upward in the days ahead, so please be careful with any activity that could start a fire.
The Dry Gulch Fire burning east of Baker City and 7 miles northwest of Richland, OR is estimated at 17,536 acres and is now 20 percent contained.
Governor Kate Brown enacted the Conflagration Act on September 14 authorizing resources from around the state to mobilize and respond. Based on early situational reports from ODF's Incident Management Team, the national weather service and local fire chief, an Incident Management Team from the Office of State Fire Marshal and four task forces were mobilized to the fire.
Upon arrival on Monday night, the change in weather prompted a reduction in response to two task forces to assist ODF crews in triage and prep work. Remaining OSFM personnel will spend the morning patrolling and triaging structures along the perimeter of the fire to ensure there is no remaining threat to structures before making a decision to demobilize the incident.
Some 274 personnel are currently assigned to the fire including 8 20-person crews, however, over the next few days many firefighters will begin the process of returning to their home units.
The 12,763-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 75 percent contained. Minimal fire behavior, creeping and smoldering. The fires are currently staffed with 78 total personnel. Resources include: two hand crews, four fire engines and two helicopters.
The 110,406-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is now 90 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 186 total personnel. Resources include: 4 crews, nine fire engines, 2 bulldozers, 3 water tenders and two helicopters.
The 75,478-acre Grizzly Bear Complex 20 miles SE of Dayton, Wash., and near Troy, Ore., in the Northeast Oregon District is 44 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 332 total personnel. Resources include: five hand crews and 16 fire engines.
The 16,744-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 70 percent contained. The fire is currently staffed with 257 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews, nine fire engines and six helicopters. Fire now smoldering and creeping along the ground due to drop in temperature and rise in humidity.
About this Update
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands west of the Cascades, and also works closely with partner firefighting agencies.