Current situation

Heat returns to much of the state early this week, with air quality alerts from wildfire smoke for northwest Oregon and Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. Lightning sparked a number of wildfires over the weekend, with a chance for more through Monday in eastern Oregon.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016


 
 
FIRES
Weigh Station Fire
Firefighters continued to mop up 300 feet in from the control lines on the Weigh Station Fire near Meacham, Oregon. Afternoon winds were more active than yesterday, but lines held. Goals for the nightshift: Firefighters tonight are to continue to improve control lines and monitor for flare-ups. 
 
A total of 303 personnel are assigned to the fire. There was no fire growth today, however, firefighters were able to map the entire perimeter of the fire, and the fire size is now reported at 688 acres and 35 percent contained.
 
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 1 "READY" notice. A Level 1 "READY" means "Be Ready" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact residents. Emigrant Springs State Park will be opening to campers and travelers Tuesday morning.
 
Travelers along the interstate should remain alert to the fact that firefighting activities are still occurring in the area and to watch out for heavy equipment and firefighters. Please use caution as areas of smoke may still impair vision at times. Check www.tripcheck.com for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.
 
Tuesday's weather forecast for the area calls for maximum temperatures of 70-77 degrees and westerly winds increasing to 8 to 14 mph in the afternoon.
 
Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org
http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is the spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.
 
 

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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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