Current situation

Fire Season continues as drier and warmer weather persists through most of Oregon. Easterly winds early today over and west of the Cascades will
weaken through the day as the thermal trough moves over the Cascades, but are expected to pick up again over the weekend.

Fire danger has been raised in some districts with increased fire danger. Fire restrictions vary across the state. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Friday, September 14, 2018

ODF Fire Update for Friday, Sept. 14

Ongoing fires

Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest
Northwest Incident Management Team 8 (NWIMT8), Incident Commander, Doug Johnson, assumed management of the Terwilliger Fire on Wednesday morning. 

Scattered precipitation was received over the fire area Wednesday resulting in minimal fire activity. Fire continues to creep slowly east into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Fire crews are monitoring fire activity from the air and ground. Firefighters are remaining vigilant as moisture hasn't soaked through the forest canopy and dry receptive fuels remain. Fire resources patrolled and mopped-up heat on the west flank near the private lands. The burning intensity was scattered and a "dirty burn" resulted where various fuels remain and could be subject to re-burn. Therefore, emphasis on locating and cooling hotspots is of the utmost importance. Suppression repair work is also being identified.

Tree fallen on Forest Service Road (FR) 19 taken on Sept. 7.
Local officials have decided to close Forest Service Road (FR) 19 to all traffic, including to firefighters, due to unsafe conditions. From its intersection with FR 1900-408 south to, and including, Box Canyon hazardous debris, such as car-sized boulders and very large trees, continue to create very high risk situations and near-miss incidents. The number one objective of any incident managers is to keep all firefighters and the public safe by limiting exposure. Only emergency vehicles, in case there is a need for rapid evacuation of injured personnel, will be allowed. 

Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 10,948
Personnel: 421
Containment: 66%
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Klondike Fire West
Helicopter crews performed tactical firing along 150 road to reinforce containment lines. Today, cool and damp weather conditions are expected to result in smoldering and creeping fire spread with limited perimeter growth. Today's burning period will shorten while winds out of the west-northwest will assist with tactical firing operations. Crews will continue mop-up between Game Lake and Saddle Mtn. On the north side of the fire, crews will hold the fire along the 150 Road down toward Indigo Creek and East along the 2308 Road toward Bear Camp Road. At Silver Mine, hose lays and structure protection are in place should the fire advance onto private land.

Evacuation Information: The evacuation level in the Agness Zone remains at 2 - Be Set.

Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 138,212 acres
Personnel: 1,015
Containment: 64%
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Miles and Columbus fires 
(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)
Firefighters continue to patrol and secure the fire's perimeter as well as repair lines to a more natural. Crews are being reallocated to other areas of the fire as work is completed. Personnel are locating and evaluating equipment no longer in use for suppression or repair work and will release it to other incidents if needed.

Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 54,068 acres
Personnel: 301
Containment: 65%
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