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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stouts Fire Morning Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stouts Fire
Daily Update
August 4, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
Email:
StoutsFire@gmail.com
@StoutsFire
#StoutsFire


On Monday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions by constructing fire lines and conducting burn out operations. The fire increased to 17,166 acres as crews burned out vegetation to help protect a communications site and reinforce dozer and hand lines. Last night, crews were able to put in more miles of line than expected. Fire officials stated that four or five more days as productive as yesterday will make a difference.

“Good progress has been made, we’ve gained a foothold,” said Bill Hahnenberg of the US Forest Service, one of the Incident Commanders with the unified command managing the fire.

The fire is 10% contained with 1,272 people working on this incident representing multiple local, state, and federal natural resource and fire service agencies. The incident has an excellent safety record despite the difficult terrain and extremely hot and dry weekend weather.

The weather forecast projects continued favorable conditions that should help firefighters make gains on containing the fire. Smoke and flames from burn out operations are expected to be visible from Tiller and Drew areas. Structural firefighters are providing “point-protection” as needed around residences adjacent to the fire. The smoke inversion that has been a regular occurrence on this incident is expected to lift by mid-day, allowing additional air support available to firefighters.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, and Marion counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. The Red Cross evacuation shelter in Canyonville has closed, but staff remains on call in case circumstances change. Contingency plans are in place to open a shelter on the eastern or southern end of the fire if necessary.

Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 317 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
8/03/2015


MAKING STEADY PROGRESS FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN MOP UP


With the Cable Crossing Fire completely lined, firefighters are turning their attention to mop up operations and completing the last of the burnout operations. Mop is up a methodical process to completely extinguish a wildfire. Fire crews put water on the fire, fall snags, dig out smoldering stumps, and move logs so they won’t roll downhill. Mop up is like putting your camp fire dead out, only on a monumental scale.

Mop up operations present new hazards for firefighters. Fire crews entering burned stands can face hot spots, falling snags and stump holes. Operations Section Chief Matt Howard encouraged the fire crews to remain vigilant as, “this fire has yet to be tested.”
Just as firefighter face risks, so do community residents. Wildfires put up a lot of smoke which can negatively impact health. Specifically, fine particles can irritate eyes and lungs and lead to illnesses such as bronchitis. Older adults, children and those with respiratory illnesses are more likely to be affected by smoke. Visit http://tinyurl.com/moj4wna to learn more.
The forecasted weather presents favorable conditions for successful mop up with highs in the mid-80s and moderate humidity.
Firefighters on the Cable Crossing Fire continued to gain ground on the fire. The fire is now completely trailed and estimated at 1,750 acres and 30 percent contained. As a precautionary measure, the level one evacuation notice remains in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1750 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  30%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:  2 - Type 1
              44 - Type 2
 Air Tankers:  2 Tankers
 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
 Helicopters:   6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 - Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 – Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers:   10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders:   12
Total personnel: 1355
Estimated Cost to Date: $3,200,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index
#cablecrossingfire 

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For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index
#cablecrossingfire 

Stouts Fire Evening Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m. PDT


The Stouts Fire evening update for August 3, 2015 is in video form:


https://www.periscope.tv/w/aJAHjDQ3MzI5ODZ8NTM0MjkzNjIMEzAhDsUALSzXxq90fmaEgvQPgnqVd8-XNdKu8ubM5A==


Stouts Fire Information Office
Phone 541-825-3724
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoutsFire

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Monday, August 3, 2015


This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, August 3, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire July 30. The fire, burning on DFPA-protected private and public forestlands six miles east of Glide, is estimated this morning at approximately 1,674 acres and 20 percent contained.   While no homes are currently threatened, a precautionary-only Level I (GET READY) evacuation notice is in place for some residents in the area should the need arise to leave.  Highway 138 is being managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing Fire:
PH:  541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire 

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA):  The Stouts Fire, reported July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo on forestlands protected by DFPA, is currently estimated at slightly more than 15,000 acres and approximately 5 percent contained.  The fire is being managed under a joint incident comment between Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1, the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, and the U.S. Forest Service, with approximately 1400 fire personnel fighting the fire.  The fire is burning on a mix of private forestlands, Bureau of Land Management Lands, and U.S. National Forest lands – approximately one-third of the total on each type of ownership.  Today, there are 317 structures under Evacuation Levels 1 and 2 (Ready, Set); no Level 3 (Go) evacuations are currently in place.

Fire information for the Stouts Fire:
PH: 541-825-3724
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/StoutsFire

E-mail: StoutsFire@gmail.com
#StoutsFire

FIRES ON OTHER FORESTLANDS

The Phillips Creek Fire was reported Saturday afternoon, August 1, seven miles northwest of Elgin near Indian Point.  The fire has now burned an estimated 800 acres of brush, grass, slash and heavy timber predominantly in the Phillips Creek Drainage on both the Umatilla National Forest and adjacent private lands. The fire is 0% contained and the cause is under investigation.  Union County has issued a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation notice to some residents in the area and road closures are in effect.  Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett Fillis), will assume management of the fire this afternoon, with an Incident Command Post set up at the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Grounds.  Interagency resources on scene Sunday included air attack, multiple helicopter and air tanker support, eight Type 2 Initial Attack crews, 13 engines, seven water tenders, and overhead support.  Over 200 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire.  Additional resources are on order.

Fire Information for the Phillips Creek Fire:

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.

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Stouts Fire Morning Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 10 a.m. PDT

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
8/03/2015


OLID GAINS YESTERDAY, CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC TODAY


Firefighters on the Cable Crossing Fire took advantage of yesterday’s break in hot, dry weather to gain ground on the fire. The fire is now completely trailed and estimated at 1,674 acres and 20 percent contained. As a precautionary measure, the level one evacuation notice remains in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

“Crew bosses are hopeful they took the fight out of the fire,” said Incident Commander Link Smith. “We’re confident we’ll continue to make great strides toward containing the fire,” continued Smith.
The optimism is not without its precaution, however. Crews plan to be flexible today as the weather shifts to warmer temperatures and dryer conditions. Temperatures may reach the 90s and there is a chance of thunderstorms.

Mindful of this cautionary note, firefighters paused during the morning briefing to honor fallen comrade David Ruhl, who was recently killed in a wildfire in Northern California.

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.

Fire At A Glance
Size: 1,674 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  20%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:  2 - Type 1
              44 - Type 2
Air Tankers:  2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters:   6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
                         5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
                         4 – Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers:   10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders:   12
Total personnel: 1250
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,500,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire 
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Stouts Fire Morning Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 9 a.m. PDT

Stouts Fire
Morning Update
August 3, 2015
 
Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/                      
#StoutsFire
 
 
 
Firefighters had a good day Sunday, as moderating weather conditions created calmer fire behavior on the Stouts Fire. Crews took advantage of the lower temperatures, higher humidity, cloud cover, and smoke inversion to build additional fire line, prepare contingency lines, and assess the areas around structures that need clearing and starting work to help protect them if the fire moves that way. The fire grew slightly but remains just over 15,000 acres, and is estimated at 5% containment. About 1400 firefighters continue fighting the Stouts Fire around the clock. Over 160 community members turned out to last night’s meeting at the Milo fire hall.

Working together protecting homes, the wildland firefighters will start clearing road systems and constructing line along the east side of the fire today, while the structural firefighters keep working around homes clearing the areas to help prevent a wildfire from harming homes. Smoke remains heavy and may start lifting around noon. The crews are using the weather to their advantage to make some gains on the fire.

“The crews are doing an excellent job,” said Roseburg Resources Forestry Manager Mark Wall. “They are literally working night and day to get this thing under control. No doubt, this is a difficult job, but I’m confident it’ll get done as quickly as possible and most importantly, safely.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the USDA Forest Service Stouts Fire continue managing this fire under unified command. The Incident Management Teams representing these agencies train together, work together, and cooperate together under the Incident Command System (or ICS). The fire is burning approximately 1/3 on private land, 1/3 on Bureau of Land Management land, and 1/3 on National Forest land.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, dozens of private contract crews, and structural firefighters from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties continue fighting the Stouts Fire.

The number of structures threatened is 317. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time. The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.

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Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
8/02/2015


COOLER WEATHER HELPS FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS

After days of playing defense on the Cable Crossing Fire, today firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity to go on the offensive. In this case, playing offense meant building and strengthening containment lines, getting water to the fire, and conducting burnout operations on small patches.

Local landowner cooperator/representative Jake Gibbs of Lone Rock Timber remarked, "ODF always has good plans and today they actually had the chance to implement those plans and took it."

If the theme of the day shift was seize the day, the theme of the night shift was be flexible. The lower temperatures and higher humidities may stymie burn out plans but these condition are ideal for conducting mop up operations and getting more water to the fire.
The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon.
Today's cloudy cooler weather of will give way to higher temperatures tomorrow. With forecasted temperatures in the 90s and variable winds expect an uptick in fire activity tomorrow.

The fire is currently 1613 acres and 20 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,613 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1
44 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers: 10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 12
Total personnel: 1250
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,500,000

 

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