Thursday, May 21, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Final fire size is 148 acres. There was no growth in the fire since the last update. The increase in acreage is due to more accurate GPS mapping of the fire.
The Peavine Creek fire was declared fully contained 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7.
Firefighters and industrial forestry representatives will remain on scene for several more days patrolling the fire trails and extinguishing hot spots within the interior of the fire.
DFPA will monitor the fire area throughout the summer to check for rekindling.
Cause of the Peavine Creek Fire remains under investigation.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
On Wednesday evening, firefighters continued to strengthen containment lines around the Peavine Creek Fire north of Glendale in Douglas County. Higher humidity due to fog aided their efforts. Priority has now shifted from strengthening containment lines to mopping up hot spots. Firefighters will start from the outside of the fire and work in, with the goal of extinguishing 100 percent of the heat and smoke within the entire fire. On scene at the fire today are three hand crews, five water tenders, one bulldozer and various industrial forest landowner representatives.
Reported: around 5 p.m. May 5 Situation: burning in heavy fuels on steep, rugged terrain Size: about 123 acres Status: 100 percent trailed with either dozer line or hand line Cause: under investigation.
Reported: around 5 p.m. May 5
Situation: burning in heavy fuels on steep, rugged terrain
Size: about 123 acres
Status: 100 percent trailed with either dozer line or hand line
Cause: under investigation.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Douglas Forest Protective Association
(541) 672-6507 X 136
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
These are just two of several escaped debris burns fire agencies have been responding to in Northern California and Southern Oregon since the above average warmer weather has returned following a record breaking dry winter the geographic area has experienced. A debris fire is the burning organic material, such as yard trimmings, tree limbs, needle build-up, or forest litter. What are some common denominators for these escaped fires?
One may be the idea that if you lit a debris fire last fall, or even last week, and are not seeing smoke or flames; your debris fire may not be out. Piles can and have retained burning material through even a cold and very wet winters, even more so thru this very dry winter and spring.
What can a landowner do to help eliminate this potential problem? If you burned debris piles last fall or earlier this spring, physically check them. To physically check a pile, use a shovel or other equipment to dig through the ashes until you hit the soil underneath. Touch the burned fuels. Is there warmth? Warmth is a sign that burning materials still exist. Mix the ash and soil until all of the material is cold. Recheck the pile(s) later.
Another is the lack of clearing all burnable material down to a mineral soil line [at least 2 ft wide] around the debris piles or burn area.
Not appropriately monitoring a burn site from ignition to “dead out” is another denominator. People should monitor a fire’s activity and be prepared to take control actions as necessary. Weather conditions can change rapidly. A calm, controlled fire can be racing across your property onto another’s in a matter of minutes. Don’t be surprised by sudden changes in weather.
Check with your local rural fire department for a burn permit. Permits contain requirements to help you burn safely, such as under what weather conditions you may burn, what equipment and tools are needed to burn, what time of day to burn, and having someone with the fire until it is dead out.
The Department of Forestry-Klamath-Lake District, responded to 27 escaped debris burn fires in the last three years, with over half of those occurring in the middle of spring. Planning and taking preventative measures could have prevented these fires. Please, help us help you have a fire-safe spring cleanup.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
By Dylan J. Darling The Bulletin Mar 20, 2015
The Deschutes/Crooked River Basin snowpack was only 9 percent of normal for this time of year as of Wednesday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Many of the automated snow sites monitored by the federal agency report no snow for the first time in three decades of recording data. A year ago the basin had 54 percent of the normal snowpack on March 20.
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What we do
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.
Fire suppression policy
The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.