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Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Mon. August 31, 2015

This is a summary update. More detailed updates on the individual fires as well as other fire-related information are posted to the ODF Wildfire Blog. You can also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.

Light to heavy precipitation occurred on the west side of the Cascades over the weekend, with scattered light precipitation on the east side. The cooler temperatures and higher humidity moderated fire behavior in some areas, but fire danger persists. The public is asked to continue to exercise extreme caution in the forest with any activity that could potentially start a wildfire. Firefighting resources are scarce due to the large fires burning in Oregon and Washington, and any new fires would strain the fire protection system.

OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY FIRE UPDATE - 08-30-15

Mon. August 31, 2015

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry - Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2015 12:35 PM

This is a summary update. More detailed updates on the individual fires as well as other fire-related information are posted to the ODF Wildfire Blog. You can also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.

FIRE FACTS

The 12,504-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 25 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 315 total personnel. Resources include: nine hand crews, 12 fire engines and five helicopters.

The 101,465-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 49 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with759 total personnel. Resources include: 10 hand crews, 67 fire engines and nine helicopters.

FALL ROAD RESTRICTIONS RETURN TO THE TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST

Mon. August 31, 2015

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry - Posted on FlashAlert: August 28th, 2015 2:13 PM

Road restrictions will return to the western side of the Tillamook State Forest this fall to improve deer and elk movement during hunting season. These restrictions are designed to reduce pressure on wildlife during increased hunting periods.

Forestry and wildlife officials say that some area roads will be closed to motorized vehicles during archery and rifle hunting seasons in September, October and November. Selected roads in the Trask, Wilson and Nehalem river areas will be gated and signed.

CAMPFIRE BAN LIFTED IN TILLAMOOK

Mon. August 31, 2015

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry - Posted on FlashAlert: August 28th, 2015 1:48 PM
Campfires are again allowed effective Saturday, August 29, on Tillamook State Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Tillamook County Parks in designated campgrounds and sites only.

Last week, due to high fire danger and extreme dry weather, a ban on campfires was put in place. The weather pattern has shifted to rain starting Friday and will likely continue into Monday.

RECREATIONAL TARGET SHOOTERS ASKED TO PREVENT THE NEXT FIRE: A STATEMENT FROM THE FOREST GROVE DISTRICT FORESTER

Mon. August 31, 2015

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry - Posted on FlashAlert: August 28th, 2015 1:32 PM

Video statement from Mike Cafferata, ODF Forest Grove District Forester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EwLSu2U7LE&;;feature=youtu.be

"In the Forest Grove Area we have had eight fires this year confirmed to have been started by recreational target shooting. These fires prompted evacuations, burned 74 acres of the Tillamook State Forest and other forestland, and cost $500,000 in suppression costs," said Mike Cafferata, Oregon Department of Forestry District Forester in Forest Grove.

The fires ignited when bullets struck the backstops of targets, not by common causes such as cigarettes or campfires that sometimes accompany recreational shooting. Hot fragments of metal jacketing that land in dry grasses or other flammable material can ignite the fuel. The most recent fire was caused by a homeowner shooting at his personal range. He saw the flames start through his scope, and was prepared with two fire extinguishers on hand, but could not get to the fire start soon enough to extinguish the flames. Before Oregon Department of Forestry and Hillsboro Fire Department trucks arrived, the fire required evacuations.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Fri. August 28, 2015

This is a summary update. More detailed updates on the individual fires as well as other fire-related information are posted to the ODF Wildfire Blog.  You can also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.

 It is nearing the end of August, but there could still be a lot of wildfire season left. The precipitation predicted in the days ahead will be welcomed by firefighters. However, forest fuels are extremely dry, and it will take sustained rainfall to reduce fire danger for the long term. Continued fire safety awareness remains the key to preventing new fire starts.

 FIRE FACTS

 The 12,298-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is 25 percent contained. The fires are currently staffed with 323 total personnel. Resources include: seven hand crews, 12 fire engines and four helicopters.

NFFE-IAM Members Battling Devastating Wildfires in West

Fri. August 28, 2015

Dozens of wildfires raging across Washington, California, Oregon, Montana and Idaho have charred over 2.5 million acres of land so far and the rash of blazes throughout the West shows no signs of letting up.

Tens of thousands of firefighters are dealing with dry winds, hot weather and unhealthy air quality as they battle the fires. NFFE-IAM represents the majority of U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service firefighters who are on the front lines.