Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Sunday, July 31, 2016

Weigh Station Fire: 12 p.m. update 07-31-16

Contact: Jamie Knight, 541-786-2039

The Weigh Station Fire burning near Meacham, Oregon, has consumed approximately 700 acres and is uncontained as of this morning. An Interagency Type 3 Incident Command Team has taken control of the fire and is working to strengthen containment lines today. Fire managers are currently assessing the evacuation areas to determine when residents will be allowed to return to the area.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has opened traffic going westbound. Crews are completing hazard tree removal operations along the eastbound lanes. ODOT hopes to have eastbound traffic moving sometime this afternoon when the area is deemed safe for the public. Check www.tripcheck.com for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.

The fire is burning on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Working on the fire today are three Type 1 hand crews, three Type 2 hand crews, the Umatilla National Forest Veteran's Crew, six Oregon Department of Corrections crews, two bulldozers, 13 fire engines, four water tenders, one air attack and two helicopters, along with miscellaneous overhead. Approximately 282 personnel are battling the blaze.

American Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees. It is located at Sunrise Middle School in Pendleton. The shelter coordinator can be reached at 541-419-4159.

The near-term weather report calls for continued warm temperatures and low relative humidities. The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in northeastern Oregon. Fire managers recommend that recreationists and travelers check the fire regulations before heading out to enjoy the forest.

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is the spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.

Department of Forestry
Northeast Oregon District
611 20th Street
La Grande, OR 97850
Phone: (541) 963-3168
FAX: (541) 962-1058

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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. There are about 30.4 million total 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.