Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

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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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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