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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 21, 2018

Oregon's 2018 Fire Season continues - ODF Fire Update Sept. 21, 2018

- New Fires -

Cabbage Fire - Northeast Oregon District
Location: 6 miles southeast of Penleton
Ignition date: September 20, 2018
Cause: Human Caused
Acres burned: 125 acres
Containment: 50%
 
Fire resources responded yesterday to a wind-driven wildfire burning in open timber stands and grass, near Interstate 84, 6 miles southeast of Pendleton. Estimated at 125 acres, the fire is now 100% lined and 50% contained.
 
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Fire Department, East Umatilla Rural Fire District, Pendleton Fire Department, USFS, BIA and ODF resources were on scene for initial attack. 10 engines, 2 helicopters, 4 Single Engine Air Tankers, 1 air attack, and 3 dozers responded. Some resources remain on scene today to continue mop-up efforts.

No structures were damaged in the fire. The public is encouraged to use caution when traveling through the area on I-84 and Highway 30, as firefighting equipment will remain at the scene through today.
- Ongoing Fires - 
Klondike Fire West 
Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 143,619 acres
Personnel: 558
Containment: 72%
More information:
 
Firefighters continue to patrol between Game Lake and Saddle Mountain. Due to the vast, steep terrain, extensive use of helicopters including four Type I, one Type II, and two Type III helicopters are being used to minimize fire spread. Fire activity was minimal yesterday with some fire growth reported in the Indigo Creek and Silver Creek drainages. Helicopters were used to keep these areas of growth in check. Small amounts of rain fell over the western portions of the fire area, but not enough to change fire behavior significantly on a long-term basis. A drying trend is forecast for the area and is expected to bring about a rise in fire activity for the next few days.
 
Firefighters are continuing to focus on mopping up and holding the fireline, as well as felling snags and fire-damaged trees along forest roadways. Road graders will continue repair work on the roads and contingency lines west of the fire perimeter. Work on construction of check lines between the North Fork of Indigo Creek and Cedar Mountain, which are in place as potential control lines, should be completed today.
 
Evacuation Information: The evacuation level in the Agness Zone remains at 2 - Be Set.

 
Miles and Columbus fires 
Formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top
Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 54,134 acres
Personnel: 310
Containment: 70%
More information:
 
Work on the Snowshoe Fire is complete. Personnel and equipment are being moved to the Miles fire. Danger tree removal is continuing throughout the fires perimeter to ensure public safety upon re-opening. Firefighters continue to patrol and secure the Miles fire perimeter as well as fire suppression repair to restore control lines to a more natural condition.
 
Firefighters will continue to patrol and secure the fire's perimeter as well as repair lines to a more natural condition. Crews are being reallocated to other areas of the fire as work is completed. Personnel are identifying equipment no longer in use for suppression or repair work and will release it to other incidents as needed.
 
Appropriate hazard reduction for employees, contractors, and the public may be needed. This work includes the identification and mitigation of danger trees next to roads, trails, and firelines which pose a significant threat to firefighters and the public when the area is reopened.


Moderate to extreme fire danger across most of Oregon
Find the latest fire danger levels and restrictions at ODF's Fire Restrictions and Closures web page at
  
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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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