FIRE UPDATE – Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through Saturday.
The 3,422-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 40 percent contained. This human-caused fire is under investigation. Evacuation notices in effect. For more information click here.
Fires on Other Jurisdictions
For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
The 28,209-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 25 percent contained.
The 200-acre Sheridan Fire burning 13 miles north of La Pine is 25 percent contained. Evacuation notices in effect.
Rim Reservoir Fire
The 669-acre Rim Reservoir Fire burning 23 miles east of Burns Junction is 40 percent contained.
The 250-acre Aspen Fire burning 20 miles southeast of Frenchglen is 80 percent contained.
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.
January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 60 fires burned 2,218 acres
Human-caused fires: 483 fires burned 560 acres
Total: 543 fires burned 2,778 acres
10-year average (for this period of the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 256 fires burned 28,234 acres
Human-caused fires: 449 fires burned 4,393 acres
Total: 705 fires burned 32,627 acres
For info on breaking fires, go to the department’s wildfire blog.