2015 another severe fire season

A cool, wet winter and heavy snowpack delayed the start of fire season in much of western and northeastern Oregon. However, the onset of hotter, drier weather is quickly drying out forests and rangeland, making it easier for fires to start. More than half of ODF-protected lands are in districts that have declared the start of fire season this month. It's especially important as summer approaches to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.







Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2500 Road Fire update, 08-24-16

Incident at a Glance (08/24/16)


Cause: Under investigation

Total personnel: 276

Hand crews: 16

Helicopters: 2

Engines: 16

Dozers: 2

Water Tenders: 6

Total acres: 222

Containment: 0%

Estimated cost: $175,000

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Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue-
www.depoebayfire.com


Lincoln County Emergency Management-
http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement


Information officer:

Tina Young

Oregon Department of Forestry

971-701-7105

Update: 

Crews continued to make good progress yesterday, and through the night. Clearing conditions allowed aircraft to work the fire into the evening.

Today crews will work to establish containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. They will focus on mop up efforts for areas of the fireline that have been constructed either by hand or dozer. Crews continue to patrol for spot fires throughout the fire area.

The weather today will be different compared to yesterday. The fog is expected to lift earlier, and temperatures will be higher. The wind is expected to shift to the NW by this afternoon, with gusts up to 10 mph. When the fog lifts there will be a good opportunity to use aircraft on the fire. The fire could also become more active as temperatures rise. Smoke may become more visible to the public.

Over the next 24 hours the objective will be to establish containment lines around the fire while continuing to mop up inside the fire perimeter. “Mop up” -Extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke.This will prepare the fire to be tested by higher temperatures and east winds that are predicted to be here tomorrow.

During the morning briefing for the firefighters the agency administrator Mike Totey said “It’s different at the coast” several times while he was explaining to them that the vegetation is different than what they are used to when fighting fires. The mop up efforts will be different, and fighting fire is different than what fire crews are used to.  

Citizens are encouraged to be mindful of the heavy traffic in and around Depoe Bay.

Fogarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are utilizing it for fire camp. The incident command post is located at the Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue station.

There are no evacuations in effect.

Evacuation levels are explained as:

Level 1 indicates that residents should be “ready” for potential evacuations. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 indicates that residents should be “set” for a potential evacuation. Residents must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Level 3 evacuation means “GO” evacuate now leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.

                          

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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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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.



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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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