Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. This late in the fall, a key source of ignitions is fire escaping when piles of woody debris are burned. Care is required with that activity at any time of year.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Akawana Fire update - Thursday, June 9, 2016 evening

Fire Information:   503-983-8897                 

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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:                            1,930 acres

Percent Containment:               44%

Number of Personnel:              561               

Types of resources:                 20 hand crews, 6 helicopters, 5 air tankers, 20 fire engines, 9 bulldozers, 8 water tenders.

The evacuation level for Three Rivers has been lowered to a level 1 (Be Ready), Forest Park, Air Park, Rim Park and outlying properties remain in level 2. A total of 262 structures remain at evacuation level 2 (Be Set).

Akawana Fire Recent Activities:

   Fire crews made solid progress as cooler conditions moderated fire activity, allowing crews to gain direct access to the edge of the fire.

   Spot fires occurred in a few areas, but crews were able to quickly contain them. 

   Air resources (planes and helicopters) played a major role in expanding control lines.

   Tomorrow’s objectives include mopping up hot spots from containment lines into the interior and strengthening lines along the northeast corner of the fire.

   Structural Task Forces protecting homes under the Conflagration Act will continue prepare and safeguard homes until the danger has abated.


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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, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these 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.

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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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