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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lobster Creek Fire Update: July 4, 2018

Gold Beach, OR -- Firefighters on the Lobster Creek Fire and fires across the nation wish everyone a happy 4th of July. On this anniversary of independence, firefighters are encouraging everyone to act responsibly with fireworks and other spark emitting activities that could to lead to another devastating wildland fire. Wildland firefighters cherish our country’s beauty and work hard every day to preserve it. Their message is simple, “only you can prevent wildfires”.
Firefighters on Lobster Creek Fire are working 
to eliminate hot spots like this burning stump.
Acres burned on the Lobster Creek Fire remain unchanged at 446. Containment has reached 15 percent. Personnel on the fire has grown to over 700, which typically means that the fire is growing. In this fire’s case, with much of the fire season still remaining, reinforcements were brought in to eliminate any chance of the fire rekindling and escaping in the future. Crews are transitioning from building containment lines to mop-up operations. The objective will be to seek out and destroy any hot spots near containment lines that pose a risk of escape. Sawyers will also fall hazard trees (snags) that could potentially fall across containment lines and start new fires. In addition, several “islands” of unburned vegetation still remain within the perimeter of the fire’s footprint. So again, with much of the fire season remaining, fire crews will construct additional control lines around these islands to prevent any future escape.

The Lobster Creek Fire started Sunday afternoon within a Curry County park and subsequently spread to private industrial timberlands. It quickly grew to an estimated 446 acres by Monday morning and required the support of an Incident Management Team from the Oregon Department of Forestry.
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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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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. In total there are about 30.4 million 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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