Current situation

Widespread rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in Oregon have dampened existing fires and prevented new ones, easing the strain on firefighting resources. At the same time, wet conditions are making it harder on firefighters trying to remove equipment and repair the impacts from suppression efforts. In steep areas that burned earlier this summer, mudflows, rockslides and fire-weakened trees falling are concerns.






















Monday, September 21, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 09-21-15

Fire activity should remain at low levels through the week under the influence of a stable and mostly dry W-SW flow aloft. Storm track stays just north of the region until next potential rain producer moves onshore on Friday. 

Initial-attack activity: Light with the normal dose of daily human-caused starts. Conditions are expected warm and dry today and tomorrow, so please continue to be vigilant with any activity that could start a fire.

FIRE FACTS

The Dry Gulch fire that started Saturday, Sept. 12, is now estimated at 17,823 acres and 85 percent containment. Management of the Dry Gulch fire transitioned from Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team 3 to a smaller, local Northeast Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team on Friday. Crews have been securing the fire line and mopping up hot spots along the fire's northern perimeter. There will be some smoke visible in the interior of the fire in the coming days as weather warms and dries. Excavators are repairing the effects of fire suppression and water bars are being installed along dozer fire lines to divert water runoff along steep slopes. 

The Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is now estimated at 110,442-acres and 95 percent contained. Current fire behavior: minimal with creeping and single tree torching. There are still 150 personnel staffing this fire. Updates now issued every other day.

The National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is now estimated at 20,945 acres and is 90 percent contained. Minimal fire behavior with some smoldering. The Crater Lake National Park North Entrance road and the PCT trail remain open. The fire is currently staffed with 127 total personnel.
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4463/#

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Current wildfire info

Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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Protection jurisdiction

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.



Fire suppression policy

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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Oregon Dept. of Forestry's public information officers in Salem, Ore., maintain this blog. During the wildfire season, we spend much of our time reporting on fires and firefighting to news media and the public.