Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Sunday, July 31, 2016

Weigh Station Fire update: 9:30 p.m. 07-31-16

Contact: Jamie Knight, 541-786-2039

Firefighters had a productive day on the Weigh Station Fire near Meacham, Oregon. Weather conditions moderated some, providing firefighters the opportunity to work on strengthening fire lines. Helicopters supported crews on the ground by delivering bucket drops to cool hotspots along the lines and support burning operations to remove unburnt islands of fuel. Due to more accurate mapping, the reported fire size has decreased and is approximately 500 acres. The fire is 25 percent contained.

Meacham has been removed from any evacuation notice. The lands north and south of Interstate 84 from the Weigh Station on Deadman Pass to Emigrant Springs State Park are currently at a Level 2 "SET." Residents seeking shelter assistance from American Red Cross can call the Red Cross Dispatch phone, 888-680-1455.

After nearly 24 hours of closure, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has opened the freeway to all traffic. Travelers are advised that firefighting activity continues directly adjacent to the freeway and to use caution when traveling in the fire area. Check www.tripcheck.com for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.

Ongoing efforts to protect cultural resources in the area have been coordinated with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).
This week's weather forecast calls for slightly cooler temperatures and the potential for low relative humidity. High winds are forecast across the region on Tuesday. Firefighters will continue to work over the next two days on strengthening control lines in preparation for the possibility of that event.

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, 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. 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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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.