Tuesday, June 21, 2016
A wildfire ignited Monday afternoon burning approximately 45 acres, five miles west of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District.
The Chenoweth Fire began around 5:20 p.m. on state-protected land and burned through the night before crews could extinguish all visible flames.
Alongside the crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, a private contractor, Steelhead Enterprises, pitched in fighting this fire.
Firefighters will continue to strengthen the trails creating a containment buffer. They expect to have the fire fully contained within a few hours, and will work on hot spots the rest of the day.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
As we head into this week, the Fire Danger Level is Low to Moderate throughout the state.
The Fire Forecast shows windy, dry weather will last for one more day throughout several regions. But temperatures look to remain around average as more showers are anticipated in the middle of the week. Summer weather is expected to return this weekend. It’s a reminder to know the changing conditions before enjoying the outdoors!
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, June 21, 2016:
Lightning-caused fires: 32 fires burned, 2,125 acres
Human-caused fires: 154 fires burned, 177 acres
Total: 186 fires burned 2,302 acres
10-year average (January 1st through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 29 fires burned, 34 acres
Human-caused fires: 145 fires burned, 1,300 acres
Total: 174 fires burned, 1,334 acres
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