Current situation

Sunny and dry conditions again prevail across Oregon this week. Mild temperatures will give way to warmer conditions, melting snow and drying fuels faster. This will raise fire risk across the state. There have already been twice as many wildfires on ODF-protected land compared to the same time last year, with more than twice as many acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.








Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 09-02-15

Stouts Creek Fire

Update September 2 2015
 
Crews continue to work to contain the Stouts Creek Fire conducting repair work and expanding mop-up operations.  Chance of rain throughout the day today winds will be out of the NW at 5- 10 mph today. Crews have been and will continue to be replaced, as necessary. Fire size remains at 26,452 acres and is 94 percent contained. 

The Level 1 evacuation notice has been lifted for the Stouts Creek fire. The State of Oregon Department of Forestry released a new statement for “Regulated Closure Proclamation” Number 10. This proclamation was effective on August 29, 2015. Please visit the Douglas Forest Protection Association web site for more information
http://www.dfpa.net/.

There are 331 personnel assigned to the fire with six crews, 12 fire engines, one bulldozer and one helicopter. To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $37.6 million.

The Incident Management Team is protecting lands that are about 46 percent on state-protected lands, which include BLM and private lands and 54% on the Umpqua National Forest.

FIRE FACTS

● 26,452 acres
● 94% contained
● Personnel:331
● Helicopters: 1
● Hand crews: 6
● Engines: 12
● Dozers: 1
● Water tenders: 0
● Evacuations:None at this time
 



FIRE INFORMATION
Phone: 
541-825-3724
Cell: 206-402-7175
stoutsfire@gmail.com

 

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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 mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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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.

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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