You may be aware of the line-of-duty deaths of three wildland firefighters late yesterday in northeast Washington. Yesterday’s fatalities make all of us pause and look inward. I’ve asked all of our employees to take a moment today to translate that pause into specific actions that elevate safety in all we do, whether on a fire or supporting the agency in other ways.
We’re pleased training is now underway for an additional 125 firefighters from the Oregon National Guard, and grateful for the assistance we are receiving from more than 30 states across the country. Progress continues to be made on containing Oregon’s major fires, and new fires continue to emerge and be controlled on a daily basis. Firefighting resources are spread thin here in Oregon and across the West.
Over the next 48 hours, weather forecasts call for the kind of conditions we saw last week that led to multiple blow-ups in eastern Oregon. High temperatures and low humidities are pervasive. Our fire managers statewide—working with landowners and cooperators—are preparing local firefighting resources to be ready.
The latest fire updates are as follows:
ODF West Oregon District – Dallas Unit
Willamina Creek Fire | 8/19/15 | 9 miles north of Willamina | 100 acres | 5% contained | 191 personnel | Under investigation | ODF Local IMT |
More Information: 503-934-8153 | http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com | www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry | www.twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit
Canyon Creek Complex | 8/12/15 | one mile south of John Day and Canyon City | 53,876 acres | 10% contained | 915 personnel | Lightning | Great Basin IMT 1 (IC Lund/Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team (IC Walker) |
More Information: Joint Information Center: 541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4495/ | www.facebook.com/CanyonCreekFireOregon | www.twitter.com/canyoncreekfire | #canyoncreekcomplex |
ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit
Eldorado Fire | 8/14/15 | 5 miles southeast of Unity | 20,611 acres |40% contained |435 personnel | Under investigation |ODF IMT 3 (IC Smith) |
More information: Baker County, Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC): 541-523-2905 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4502/ | www.facebook.com/ElDoradoFire2015 | firstname.lastname@example.org |#EldoradoFire |
Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex | 8/10/15 | 10 miles east of Unity | 103,540 acres | 45% contained | 675 personnel | Lightning | Southwest IMT (IC Ruggiero)
More Information: Baker County, Oregon Joint Information Center: 541-523-2905 | http://inciweb/nwcg.gov/incident/4478/ | www.facebook.com/CornetFire | email@example.com
Eagle Complex | 8/10/15 | 16 miles northeast of Baker City | 3,055 acres |0% contained | 204 personnel | Lightning | Rocky Mountain Black IMT (IC Greer).
More information: Baker City Joint Information Center (JIC): (541) 523-2905 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4481/ | www.facebook.com/pages/Rocky-Mountain-Area-Incident-Management-Team-Black/341078999367545 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)
Stouts Fire |7/30/15 | 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo | 25,806 acres | 76% contained | 920 personnel | Human | ODF IMT 2 (IC Cline) / U.S. Forest Service (IC Mike Wilde) |
More information: Phone: 541-825-3724 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/ | www.facebook.com/StoutsFire www://twitter.com/StoutsFire | #StoutsFire
Cable Crossing Fire | 7/28/15 | 6 miles east of Glide | 1,857 acres | 90% contained | 50 personnel | Under investigation | DFPA
More information: Phone: 541-817-7186 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/ | www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation |www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
• the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
• the national Incident Information System site.
Online and social media resources:
• department’s web site
• department’s blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
• Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
• Douglas Forest Protective Association website, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.
• Blue Mountain Interagency Wildfire blog for news on wildfires in the Blue Mountains (northeast Oregon)
• ODF Forest Grove District’s Fire blog with district-specific wildfire information
• ODF Central Oregon District’s Twitter feed
• Keep Oregon Green website, Facebook page and Twitter feed
• ODOT Tripcheck
• Evacuation – Ready, Set, Go!
• Wildfire Smoke
Fire statistics can be accessed from the ODF Wildfire Blog and the ODF website. When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.
Doug Decker, Oregon State Forester
Director, Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem OR 97301