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.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-01-15

This is a summary update; actual fire updates and other fire-related information is posted to the ODF Wildfire Blog.  You can also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.

With the recent weather changes – various amounts of precipitation received across the state (with more precipitation possible during the week), cooler temperatures, and higher humidities, many restrictions on both public and industrial use are changing.  ODF cautions all Oregonians to continue to be mindful of wildfire-safety and not assume that fire season has come to a close.  As just one example, a high number of human-caused fires are still being caused by various types of engines and equipment – whether those are vehicle engines, mowing and maintenance equipment, chain-saws, and other types.  Restrictions may still remain in effect on the times of day that many types of engines and equipment may be used, but using common sense, and being fire-safe and prepared, is still the best action that people can take to prevent human-caused wildfires in Oregon.

FIRE FACTS

ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit:  The lighting-caused Canyon Creek Complex, started on August 12 and located one mile south of John Day and Canyon City, is at 105,687 acres (16,981 ODF-protected acres) and 49 percent contained.  The complex, which destroyed 44 primary residences, has 966 personnel assigned and is under Unified Command of the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 (IC Lund) and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team (IC Walker).

More Information: 541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4495/ | www.facebook.com/CanyonCreekFireOregon | www.twitter.com/canyoncreekfire | #canyoncreekcomplex |

ODF Central Oregon District:  The 280-acre human-caused Cove Fire, started on August 29, three miles northwest of Culver, is in mop-up and patrol of the fire perimeter; it is expected to be fully contained later today.  Unless otherwise needed, this will be the final report on this fire.


ODF Northeast Oregon District – Wallowa Unit: 

The Falls Creek Fire, started on August 22, five miles southwest of Joseph, is 353 acres (79 acres ODF-protected) and 35 percent contained.  The fire has 181 personnel assigned and is being managed by a local team (East Blues Local Type 3 – IC Tyler).  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


The lightning-caused Grizzly Bear Complex, started on August 13, 20 miles southeast of Dayton, WA and near Troy, OR, is 74,471 acres (10,107 of ODF-protected acreage, including 3,299 acres of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife lands) and 20 percent contained.  The complex, which destroyed five primary residences (33 total structures), has 1,056 personnel assigned and is being managed by Washington Incident Management Team 4 (IC Gales).



ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit

The lightning-caused Eldorado Fire, started on August 14, 5 miles southeast of Unity, remains at 20,611 acres (5,448 ODF-protected acres) and is 100 percent contained.  The fire destroyed one primary residence (three total structures).  The fire has been returned to the local unit and, unless needed, this will be the final report on this fire.  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4502/ | www.facebook.com/ElDoradoFire2015 #EldoradoFire |

The lightning-caused Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex, started on August 10, 10 miles east of Unity, remains at 102,089 acres (42,883 ODF-protected acres) and is 85 percent contained. The fire destroyed 8 primary residences (17 total structures).  The fire has been returned to the local units and 32 personnel are assigned to the fire working towards total containment.

More Information:  541-446-3521 | http://inciweb/nwcg.gov/incident/4478/ | www.facebook.com/CornetFire | #CornetFire, #WindyRidgeFire

The lightning caused Eagle Complex, started on August 10, 16 miles northeast of Baker City, is at 12,702 acres (198 ODF-protected acres) and 60 percent contained.  The fire has been turned over to a local smaller fire management organization (East Blues Local Type 3 – IC Crippen), and 327 personnel are currently assigned. 


Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  The human-caused Stouts Fire, started on July 30, 11 miles east of Canyonville, is at 26,452 acres (11,239 ODF-protected acres) and 92 percent contained.  The fire has 324 personnel assigned and is being managed by a smaller fire management organization (Florida Forest Service Type 3 – IC Mike Work).  Crews continue repair work and expanding mop-up operations. 
More information:  541-825-3724 or 206-402-7175 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/ | www.facebook.com/StoutsFire www://twitter.com/StoutsFire | www.flickr.com/photos/stoutsfirephotos | #stoutsfire

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