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.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Akawana Fire Quick Facts June 11, 2016 9 p.m.

Akawana Fire Quick Facts
June 11, 2016 9 p.m.

Fire Information:                    

Email Address:                      Akawanafireinfo@gmail.com
Facebook:                          facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
Twitter:                              @centralORFire

Type of Incident:                     Wildfire

Cause:                                       Lightning

Date of Origin:                         June 7, 2016

Location:                                  Akawana Butte, 13 miles North of Sisters

Types of Fuel:                         Grass, Brush and Timber

Structures Threatened:              912

Structures Damaged:                0

Residences Destroyed:             0

Current Size:                            2094 acres

Percent Containment:               72%

Number of Personnel:              595               

Hand Crews:                            22

Fire engines                             17

Bulldozers                               6

Water Tenders                         1

Skidgines                                 4 (track equipment with a water tank and pump)

Helicopters                              6

Note: The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Incident Management Team and structural task forces working under the Conflagration Act have been released today to return to their home areas. The threat to structures has decreased significantly and conditions continue to improve. OSFM’s Green IMT will remain on the incident through this morning to help ensure a smooth transition.

Cooperators: Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, US Forest Service, Lake Chinook Fire District, Crooked River National Grasslands, Central Oregon Fire Management Services, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, PGE/Warm Springs Tribes Land Ownership

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