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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-16-15


More than 80 residents received good news about the Dry Gulch Fire at a community meeting held at the Halfway Elementary School last night. Fire officials shared that the rain that fell on the fire in the past 24 hours has helped immensely with the fire suppression effort. The fire, now 18,272 acres and 55 percent contained, is not expected to grow much more. Firefighters have started mopping up hot spots near the fire's perimeter to prevent any chance of further spread.

Some 269 personnel are currently assigned to the fire including 10 20-person crews, 24 fire engines and one helicopter.

The 12,763-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 75 percent contained and has burned 463 acres of privately owned land protected by Oregon Department of Forestry
and 12,300 acres of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Helicopter water drops will continue today and for the next several days as needed to keep the fire within the containment area. Currently there are approximately 48 personnel assigned to the fire, including one hand crew, three fire engines, one water tender and two helicopters.This will be the final regular update for the Eagle Complex unless conditions change.

The 110,406-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is now 90 percent contained. Resources include: four crews, six fire engines and two helicopters. There are now 176 personnel staffing the fire.

The 76,475-acre Grizzly Bear Complex burning in grass and timber 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 19,498-acre National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is 70 percent contained. Of total fire size, 13,227 acres are in Crater Lake National Park boundaries, and it is the largest fire in the park's history.

The fire has had minimal growth due to the cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. However, the humidity did not produce any measurable precipitation.The fire is currently staffed with 257 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews, nine fire engines and six helicopters.

Contact Info:
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 / 503-510-7972

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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