FIRE UPDATE – Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016
Enjoy celebrating our nation’s 240th birthday over the remainder of this holiday week-end, but please be safe and particularly careful with fireworks.

NEW FIRES (10 acres or larger reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours):

Wassen Pond Fire [The Dalles Unit, Central Oregon District] – The Wassen Pond Fire was reported at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, burning four miles west of The Dalles on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.  The fire, under Unified Command between ODF and MCFR, is currently approximately 180 acres (with most of that acreage on MCFR), and hand- and dozer-lined.  Additional resources from ODF, rural fire departments in the area, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are assisting with this fire.  Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire officials in the Columbia River Gorge urge the public to be extremely cautious and wildfire-safe, particularly with fireworks, as firefighting resources are stretched thin in the area and a Red Flag Warning for high winds and low humidity is in effect.

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.
January 1, 2016, through Today, July 4, 2016:
Lightning-caused fires: 34 fires burned, 2,125 acres
Human-caused fires: 207 fires burned, 335 acres
Total: 241 fires burned 2,460 acres
10-year average (January 1st through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 39 fires burned, 155 acres
Human-caused fires: 179 fires burned, 1,344 acres
Total: 218 fires burned, 1,499 acres

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