Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 29, 2014


FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF's protection jurisdiction include:

Reeves Creek Fire - The fire was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m. Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire's perimeter. Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire's footprint, but none was burned. Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts. No evacuations were necessary. Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available. The Reeves Creek Fire is burning on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit. The cause is under investigation.

Ferguson Fire - Currently 200 acres in size and 100 percent contained, the fire burned on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 transferred management of the fire back to ODF's Klamath-Lake District this morning, July29. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last update on this fire.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at:
http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

Pumice Flat - Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before). Currently 25 acres, burning in mixed conifer forests, aggressive suppression action being taken; all park facilities remain open.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 80 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Bridge 99 Complex - 5,699 acres, 88 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex - 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained.

Bingham Complex - 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire - 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex - 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire - 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires - 10,440 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire - 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.


Launch Fire - 100 acres, uncontained. 



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.

Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer
General Media Contact
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us

Contact Info:
Jeri Chase
Desk 503-945-7201
Cell 503-931-2721
jchase@odf.state.or.us


This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Reeves Creek Fire – The fire was reported on Monday, July 28, at 6:38 p.m. Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter.  Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire’s footprint, but none was burned. Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts.  No evacuations were necessary. Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available.  The Reeves Creek Fire is burning on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.  The cause is under investigation.

Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 100 percent contained, the fire burned on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 transferred management of the fire back to ODF’s Klamath-Lake District this morning, July29. Unless the situation changes, this will be the last update on this fire.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon

(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

Pumice Flat – Located approximately two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park, this fire reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, July 28 (believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before).  Currently 25 acres, burning in mixed conifer forests, aggressive suppression action being taken; all park facilities remain open.

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 80 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Bridge 99 Complex – 5,699 acres, 88 percent contained, management of this fire has turned back over to the Deschutes National Forest local team.

Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,440 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained; management of this fire has been turned back over to the local unit.

FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes breaking news on wildfires statewide, 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.

 
 

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - July 28, 2014

FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

 Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 75 percent contained, the fire is burning on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. Today crews will continue to reinforce fire lines up to 500 feet into the fire’s interior, extinguish/remove burning material near lines, fell snags and trench logs to prevent rolling. Thunderstorms with dry lightning are possible. Resources assigned to the fire include: four hand crews, 11 fire engines, five water tenders, three bulldozers and one helicopter. Total Personnel at the fire: 144. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 will transfer management of the fire back to ODF’s Klamath-Lake District Tuesday morning. The Ferguson Fire was reported July 25. Cause is under investigation.

 Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. An update will be forthcoming.

 Sunflower Fire – The lightning-caused fire is 7,175 acres and 90 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. Firefighters continue to secure fire lines and complete restoration work. Command was transferred to a Type 3 team on July 26. The smaller organization is securing the remaining fire lines and completing restoration work. This may take some time as large trees and roots continue to burn in the interior of the fire.

 Rye Valley Fire – The lightning-started fire is 1,516 acres and was fully contained July 27. Reported July 24 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands near the community of Huntington, Oregon, near the Idaho border, the fire soon spread to private lands. ODF Incident Management Team 3 led the firefighting effort. Management of the fire has been transferred back to the BLM Vale District. Cooperating agencies included: BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington. Estimated cost of the suppression effort: $911,776.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 60 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex – 5,699 acres, 74 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 79 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 75 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,481 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.

Gumboot Fire – 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

 
FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

 
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
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/.

Rod Nichols
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
503-945-7425 office
503-508-0574 mobile
rnichols@odf.state.or.us

Rye Valley Fire - final update


Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Dan Thorpe, incident commander
Rye Valley Fire final update, July 27, 2014

The Rye Valley Fire was officially declared 100 percent contained at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The final fire size is 1,516 acres with an estimated suppression cost of $1.35 million.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 (IC Dan Thorpe) has transferred the fire back to the BLM Vale District. While many fire crews and equipment begin heading back to their respective home units or their next fire assignment, some fire crews will remain behind to provide patrols and mop up operations over the next several days. Local firefighting crews will periodically monitor the fire area throughout the remainder of the summer.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association, Huntington School District and the City of Huntington.

Fire at a glance:
Size: 1,516 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of the community of Huntington (near border w/ Idaho)
Containment: 100 percent
Cause: Lightning
Estimated cost: $1,350,000
For more information: Bureau of Land Management-Baker Unit, 541-523-1256

 


 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - July 27, 2014

FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 50 percent contained, the fire is burning on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. Two structures have been lost. There are six structures still threatened, but the evacuation status was reduced earlier to Level 1 (“ready”). Hand crews will continue to work at the fire line to bring it to a minimum of 100 feet into the fire’s interior and 300 feet around structures. Thunderstorms are forecast for today and throughout the week. Today’s storm will be dry with moisture increasing through Friday. Resources assigned to the fire include: five hand crews, 15 fire engines, five water tenders, three bulldozers and four helicopters. Total Personnel at the fire: 225. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. The Ferguson Fire was reported July 25. Cause is under investigation.

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple lightning-caused fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the complex is now 100 percent contained and in full mop-up. No spread is expected. A total of 400 personnel remain at the complex. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.

Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. The lightning-caused fire is currently 97 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team transferred command to a Type 3 team this morning.

Sunflower Fire – The lightning-caused fire is 7,175 acres and 90 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. Firefighters continue to secure fire lines and complete restoration work. Command was transferred to a Type 3 team on July 26.

Rye Valley Fire – The lightning-started fire is 1,434 acres and 75 percent contained. Reported July 24 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands near the community of Huntington, Oregon, near the Idaho border, the fire soon spread to private lands. ODF Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. Today firefighters will complete direct fire line where possible and burn out unburned fuels where indirect line is constructed. Mop-up and rehabilitation work will continue.

Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

 Kitten Complex - 22,685 acres, 45 percent contained.

 Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Pine Creek Fire 30,245 acres, 97 percent contained.

 Black Rock Fire 35,938 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained.

 Bridge 99 Complex - 5,084 acres, 81 percent contained.

 Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 79 percent contained.

 Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

 Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

 Buzzard Complex 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 75 percent contained.

 Logging Unit Fires 10,480 acres, 80 percent contained.

 Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 90 percent contained.

 Gumboot Fire – 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rye Valley Fire - Update July 26, 2014



Oregon Department of Forestry

Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander
 
Fire crews assigned to the Rye Valley Fire are beginning to prepare for their next assignment as the status of the fire continues to improve. The fire now stands at 1,434 acres and is 75 percent contained.

 
Mop-up objectives are beginning to be realized and suppression rehabilitation efforts are in full swing.

Rehabilitating the landscape from fire suppression activities includes breaking up and smoothing berms back into line, constructing water bars or trenches as needed to prevent future soil erosion and repairing damaged fences.

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 (IC Dan Thorpe) would like to thank everyone in the Huntington community for their tremendous hospitality. Special thanks to the landowners we serve and the many cooperating agencies.

Cooperators include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association, Huntington School District and the City of Huntington.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 1,434 acres
Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington
Containment: 75%
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Personnel: 230
Air Tankers: None
Helicopters: 1
Engines: 10
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3
Estimated Cost: $976,776
For More Information: (503) 983-8897
 

 

 


 

This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for July 26, 2014.

FIRES
Large fires currently burning within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Ferguson Fire – Currently 200 acres in size and 20 percent contained, the fire is burning on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls. Two structures have been lost. There are six structures still threatened, but the Level 3 (“go”) evacuation notice has been dropped to Level 1 (“ready”). Firefighters worked yesterday and through the night to hold fire spread to a minimum. Resources assigned to the fire include: eight hand crews, eight fire engines, two water tenders, two bulldozers and five helicopters. Total Personnel at the fire: 189. The South Central fire Management Partnership Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. The Ferguson Fire was reported July 25. Cause is under investigation.

Waterman Complex – Consists of multiple lightning-caused fires totaling 12,520 acres burning near the community of Mitchell in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Reported July 14, the complex is currently 95 percent contained and in full mop-up. No spread is expected. A total of 708 personnel remain at the complex. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort.

 Pine Creek Fire – Includes 1,954 acres of ODF-protected lands. The lightning-caused fire is currently 88 percent contained. Fire activity has been reduced to hot spots and interior smoldering. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading the firefighting effort.

Sunflower Fire – The lightning-caused fire is 7,175 acres and 90 percent contained. It is burning on Umatilla National Forest, and on Bureau of Land Management-Prineville lands protected by ODF. The fire has also burned 250 acres of private land. Firefighters continue to secure completed fire lines, mop-up hot spots, and perform suppression damage repair.

Rye Valley Fire – The lightning-started fire is 1,392 acres and 35 percent contained. Reported July 24 burning on Bureau of Land Management lands near the community of Huntington, Oregon, near the Idaho border, the fire soon spread to private lands. ODF Incident Management Team 3 is leading the firefighting effort. Yesterday firefighters worked on tightening fire lines, as well as mop-up and rehabilitation work.

 Fires on other jurisdictions in Oregon
(More information on the following fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.)

 Kitten Complex - 22,428 acres, 30 percent contained.

 Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 90 percent contained.

 Pine Creek Fire 30,245 acres, 97 percent contained.

 Black Rock Fire 35,938 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Donnybrook Fire – 22,763 acres, 97 percent contained.

 Bridge 99 Complex - 5,699 acres, 74 percent contained.

 Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 69 percent contained.

 Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

 Hurricane Creek Fire – 645 acres, 20 percent contained.

 Buzzard Complex 395,747 acres, 95 percent contained.

 Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 50 percent contained.

 Logging Unit Fires 10,488 acres, 75 percent contained.

 Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.

 Gumboot Fire – 4,420 acres, 90 percent contained.

 
FIRE STATISTICS
Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current.

 
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
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.

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