Firefighting costs

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has expended a net of $33.6 million for large fires through Sept. 7, 2014. With more wildfire activity possible in the weeks ahead, large-fire costs could grow before season's end.

Friday, September 19, 2014

36 Pit Fire Public Meeting to Be Held

Washington IMT 2 Incident Commander – Bruce Holloway
ODF Incident Commander – Ross Holloway
                


36 Pit Fire Information Center:  503-630-1711 or 360-280-4352
News Media Release
September 19, 2014

Estacada, Oregon-  A public meeting will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Estacada First Baptist Church.  Members of the Incident Management Team and other local officials will be present to provide information and answer questions related to the 36 Pit Fire.  The Estacada First Baptist Church is located at 29101 SE Eagle Creek Road in Estacada. 

36 Pit Fire Update for Friday, September 19, 2014

Washington IMT 2 Incident Commander – Bruce Holloway
ODF Incident Commander – Ross Holloway
                
36 Pit Fire Update
September 19, 2014 – 9:00 AM


FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE:   http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/  
INFO PHONE:   360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711
EMAIL:
36pitfire@gmail.com  
Fire Information Office Hours:  8:00 am -8:00 pm
Yesterday, fire suppression efforts progressed to such an extent that the Clackamas County Sheriff reduced the evacuation level for the Silver Fox RV Park from Level 3 (immediate evacuation) to Level 2 (prepare for possible evacuation).  The residents of Silver Fox RV Park have been allowed to return to their homes.  The fire is estimated to be 4104 acres in size and is now 35% contained. The fire has not moved appreciably in any direction since its initial spread last Sunday and Monday.  The 55 acre spot fire located to the northwest of the main fire will be completely mopped up by the end of today’s day shift.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Russ Lane transferred command to Ross Holloway of the Oregon Department of Forestry due to a personal commitment.   

The fire is burning in extremely steep terrain on slopes in excess of 60 degrees presenting crews with footing hazards, rolling debris, and fire weakened trees.  Heavy deep fuels also present challenges to contain the fire.

Crews are working aggressively to complete fire line along the northwestern and northern flanks of the fire closest to any homes or structures Mop up of hot spots near the fire line is also progressing well and will continue today.  A small burn out operation of approximately ten acres in the area of Carter Bridge was conducted yesterday afternoon to reinforce the southeast flank of the fire adjacent to Highway 224.  Today, elite hot shot crews are building fire line up a steep slope directly adjacent to the fire at its southern perimeter south of Highway 224.  At the southern perimeter of the fire, crews continue to build line to contain the ground fire.  South of Highway 224 and at the northwest portion of the fire, good ground locations have been identified where crews can safely build fire line and use natural features to the South Fork of the Clackamas River to corral the fire.

Today, weather is still expected to remain favorable for firefighters as they attack the fire. However, tomorrow and Sunday, weather conditions are expected to change to dryer and warmer conditions with east winds.  A Haines Index 5 is also predicted for tomorrow and indicates a drier and more unstable atmosphere.  These predicted weather conditions are expected to create more active fire behavior.  Fire managers have implemented fire suppression tactics the last few days in anticipation of this weather change.  The weekend weather may be the first test of firefighters’ containment lines. 

Local resource advisors have also been an integral component of the fire suppression team.  Resource Advisors collaborate with fire managers to fight fire aggressively while protecting resources such as fisheries, cultural resources and wilderness values.  A portion of the fire is located in congressionally designated wilderness where minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) are being implemented.

The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads and to drive defensively.  For information related to evacuations, please go to:  http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224.  Information related to smoke can be found at:  www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com   For more information, please use the contact information listed above.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 19, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

NEW FIRES

Souley RidgeThis 38 acre fire about 45 miles southwest of John Day started yesterday afternoon. Immediate response using a few crews, five engines, a few dozers, 2 helicopters, and four airplanes stopped the fire growth overnight at 38 acres.  Crews will continue working to contain the fire today.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit:  This 4,104 acre fire is about 35% contained.  It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  The crews have turned their focus to secure the southwest line to work toward containment.  Silver Fox RV Park residents have been allowed back to their homes. 

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

The fire contact information is: 360-280-4352, 503-630-1711, 36pitfire@gmail.com

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Cell   (503) 910-4311

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310
Desk   (503) 945-7425
Cell     (503) 508-4478


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

36 Pit Fire Update

Washington IMT 2 Incident Commander – Bruce Holloway
ODF Incident Commander – Russ Lane
Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team Incident Commander – Scott Magers

36 Pit Fire Update
September 18, 2014 – 9:00 AM

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711
EMAIL:
36pitfire@gmail.com Fire Information Office Hours: 8:00 am -8:00 pm
Excellent progress continues to be made by firefighters to contain the 36 Pit Fire. The northwestern portion of the fire which is closest to any homes or structures is becoming more secure. The northwestern and northern flanks of the fire are nearly completely lined. Firefighters are mopping up and putting out hot spots adjacent to the firelines, making the lines more secure. Last night, crews continued to mop up hot spots and secure the area of the fire closest to the Silver Fox RV Park.
Yesterday, residents of the RV Park were escorted by Estacada Fire District and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s IMT Blue Team personnel allowing residents to obtain necessities from their homes.
The fire is burning in extremely steep terrain presenting crews with hazards such as rolling debris. However, elite hot shot crews are building hand line at the fire’s southern perimeter from the ridge tops to the highway and Clackamas River. Today, crews also plan to build hand line directly adjacent to the southern perimeter of the fire located south of Highway 224. In addition, contingency containment lines are being “prepped” along roads located near the southern perimeter of the fire. “Prepping” of these roads consists of removing smaller understory trees and brush resulting in the roads becoming more defensible should the fire approach these roads.
Fire managers are evaluating whether the South Fork of the Clackamas River would serve as a good barrier to the fire. However, contingency plans are being developed to contain the fire should the fire move west of the South Fork. The fire has not moved appreciably in any direction since its initial spread last Sunday and Monday.
Due to the decreased threat to structures, the Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team will be demobilizing at end of today’s shift. The Unified Command Team has been greatly appreciative of the team’s contribution to the suppression of this fire.
Weather conditions continue to assist firefighters in their efforts to suppress the fire. Cooler temperatures, light winds, and high humidity including some measureable rain are predicted through tomorrow. Fire managers intend to take advantage of the favorable weather to suppress the fire before the expected warm and dry weather on Saturday.
Local resource advisors have also been an integral component of the fire suppression team. Resource Advisors collaborate with fire managers to fight fire aggressively while protecting resources such as fisheries, cultural resources and wilderness values. If the fire moves into a congressionally designated wilderness area, minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) will be implemented.
The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads and to drive defensively. For information related to evacuations, please go to: http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224. Information related to smoke can be found at: www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com For more information, please use the contact information listed above.
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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 18, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

 

NEW FIRES

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

 

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit:  This 4,100 acre fire is about 30% contained.  It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  The northwestern portion of the fire which is closest to any homes or structures is becoming more secure.  Due to the decreased threat to structures, the Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team will be demobilizing today.

 

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

 

The fire contact information is: 360-280-4352, 503-630-1711, 36pitfire@gmail.com

 

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

 

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

 

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

 

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

 

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Cell   (503) 910-4311

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Desk   (503) 945-7425

Cell     (503) 508-4478

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Connect with us:

www.oregon.gov/ODF |  social media | State Forests Online Community

 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

36 Pit Fire Update, Setpember 17, 2014


Washington IMT 2 Incident Commander – Bruce Holloway
ODF Incident Commander – Russ Lane
Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team Incident Commander – Scott Magers
36 Pit Fire Update
September 17, 2014 – 1:00 PM
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711
EMAIL:
36pitfire@gmail.com
Fire Information Office Hours: 8:00 am -8:00 pm
Excellent progress to contain the 36 Pit Fire occurred yesterday along the northern and western perimeters of the fire. Dozer and hand lines were constructed to contain portions of the fire’s northern perimeter. Natural features and Road 4610 are also being used to contain the fire on the northern flank. The highest priority is to continue to hold and contain the western and northern portions of the fire since these locations are closest to any structures, industrial forest land, and other resource values.
Yesterday, burn out operations went well in the vicinity of the Silver Fox RV Park creating a smoke plume that was visible to many residents of the Estacada area. Yesterday afternoon and through part of last night’s shift, fire crews burned out fuel located between Road 4610 and Highway 224 near the Silver Fox RV Park. However, last night, increased humidity caused burn out operations to be suspended. Today, as temperatures increase and relative humidities decrease, firefighters intend to complete the burn out near the Silver Fox RV Park. Burn out will continue to happen at the north and the northwest portions of the fire. Burn out of fuels is a fire suppression tactic used to reinforce fire lines and to consume fuels adjacent to structures. Residents of the Estacada area may see visible smoke as burn out operations proceed.
Along the southern perimeter of the fire, firefighters continue to identify roads and other locations where they can safely contain the fire. However, there may be opportunities to build containment directly adjacent to the fire dependent on favorable weather conditions. Firefighters are contending with very steep terrain and are evaluating locations where fire line can be safely constructed.
A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon State Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team are leading the fire suppression effort. The local Estacada fire District 69 has been heavily involved in the fire suppression efforts. Structure protection task forces and Blue Team management personnel mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act continue to work on the north and west side of the fire, assisting with protection and mop up operations around those affected homes, including the Silver Fox RV Park. Structure protection resource needs will continue to be evaluated throughout today and will likely begin to demobilize over the next couple of days as the threat to those structures lessen.
The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads, and to drive safely. For information related to evacuations instituted by the Clackamas County Sheriff, please go to their web site at:http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224.
The public may also obtain information on smoke by going to: www.oregonsmokeblogspot.com

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 17, 2014

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

 

NEW FIRES

No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

 

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit:  The fire has grown to about 4,000 acres and is about 7% contained.  It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada.  The fire was human caused and remains under investigation. 

 

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

 

The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

 

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF’s major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF’s fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

 

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

 

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Cell   (503) 910-4311

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer

Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry

2600 State Street, Salem, OR  97310

Desk   (503) 945-7425

Cell     (503) 508-4478

nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

 

 

Connect with us:

www.oregon.gov/ODF |  social media | State Forests Online Community

 

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The purpose of this blog is to provide breaking news about wildfire activity on the forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. We invite you to post questions or comments you have about current wildfires. Please keep your posts civil and free of profanity. You are also welcome to contact us by email at: information@odf.state.or.us.

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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. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.

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