2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Friday, August 26, 2016

2500 Road Fire update - 08-26-16 a.m.

Yesterday’s weather tested the fire lines as predicted, but all three of the containment lines held. ODF District Forester Mike Totey said “They passed the test.”

And the wind and lower relative humidity actually aided firefighters in locating hot spots inside the perimeter by causing them to heat up and smoke.

Further mop-up of the fires will continue today. The northernmost section of the fire (Division A) has several hot spots inside the containment line. Some fire crews will shift from the other divisions to add capacity to this portion today.

Fire personnel will be gliding down the next two days to have the right-sized crews remaining on the fire to support the objectives. There will be crews working on the fire until it is in a patrol status. The fire team is working on plans to return management of the fire back to the local district.  

Fogarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are using it for fire camp.

Although there has not been a lot of smoke in the area, current smoke information for Oregon can be found on the Oregon Smoke Blog, http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

The Oregon Health Authority recommends that individuals with asthma, other lung disease or heart disease may be more sensitive to health effects from wildfire smoke and should reduce the amount of time spent outdoors, or stay inside.

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FIRE AT A GLANCE

Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel: 364
Hand crews: 16
Helicopters: 2
Engines: 14
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 6
Total acres: 202
Containment: 70%
Estimated cost: $845,000

Information officer:
Tina Young
Oregon Department of Forestry
971-701-7105

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The weather conditions setting up for this summer are ominous: continuing drought, meager winter snowpack, and above-average temperatures forecast through August.

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