News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: September 1st, 2015 3:18 PM
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY (ODF) FIRE UPDATE – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
This is a summary update; actual fire updates and other fire-related information is posted to the ODF Wildfire Blog. You can also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.
With the recent weather changes – various amounts of precipitation received across the state (with more precipitation possible during the week), cooler temperatures, and higher humidities, many restrictions on both public and industrial use are changing. ODF cautions all Oregonians to continue to be mindful of wildfire-safety and not assume that fire season has come to a close. As just one example, a high number of human-caused fires are still being caused by various types of engines and equipment – whether those are vehicle engines, mowing and maintenance equipment, chain-saws, and other types. Restrictions may still remain in effect on the times of day that many types of engines and equipment may be used, but using common sense, and being fire-safe and prepared, is still the best action that people can take to prevent human-caused wildfires in Oregon.
ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit: The lighting-caused Canyon Creek Complex, started on August 12 and located one mile south of John Day and Canyon City, is at 105,687 acres (16,981 ODF-protected acres) and 49 percent contained. The complex, which destroyed 44 primary residences, has 966 personnel assigned and is under Unified Command of the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 (IC Lund) and the Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team (IC Walker).
More Information: 541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4495/ | www.facebook.com/CanyonCreekFireOregon | www.twitter.com/canyoncreekfire | #canyoncreekcomplex |
ODF Central Oregon District: The 280-acre human-caused Cove Fire, started on August 29, three miles northwest of Culver, is in mop-up and patrol of the fire perimeter; it is expected to be fully contained later today. Unless otherwise needed, this will be the final report on this fire.
More Information: www.twitter.com/ODF_COD | www.twitter.com/CentralORFire |
ODF Northeast Oregon District – Wallowa Unit:
The Falls Creek Fire, started on August 22, five miles southwest of Joseph, is 353 acres (79 acres ODF-protected) and 35 percent contained. The fire has 181 personnel assigned and is being managed by a local team (East Blues Local Type 3 – IC Tyler). The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
More Information: 541-426-5633 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4561/ | www.bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ |
The lightning-caused Grizzly Bear Complex, started on August 13, 20 miles southeast of Dayton, WA and near Troy, OR, is 74,471 acres (10,107 of ODF-protected acreage, including 3,299 acres of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife lands) and 20 percent contained. The complex, which destroyed five primary residences (33 total structures), has 1,056 personnel assigned and is being managed by Washington Incident Management Team 4 (IC Gales).
More Information: 541-437-0138 | http://inciweb.nwcg.giv/incident/4511 | www.facebook.com/pages/Grizzly-Bear-Complex-Fire/1152633018086248 | www.twitter.com/2015grizzlyfire | www.bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com | #grizzlybearcomplex
ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit
The lightning-caused Eldorado Fire, started on August 14, 5 miles southeast of Unity, remains at 20,611 acres (5,448 ODF-protected acres) and is 100 percent contained. The fire destroyed one primary residence (three total structures). The fire has been returned to the local unit and, unless needed, this will be the final report on this fire. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4502/ | www.facebook.com/ElDoradoFire2015 #EldoradoFire |
The lightning-caused Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex, started on August 10, 10 miles east of Unity, remains at 102,089 acres (42,883 ODF-protected acres) and is 85 percent contained. The fire destroyed 8 primary residences (17 total structures). The fire has been returned to the local units and 32 personnel are assigned to the fire working towards total containment.
More Information: 541-446-3521 | http://inciweb/nwcg.gov/incident/4478/ | www.facebook.com/CornetFire | #CornetFire, #WindyRidgeFire
The lightning caused Eagle Complex, started on August 10, 16 miles northeast of Baker City, is at 12,702 acres (198 ODF-protected acres) and 60 percent contained. The fire has been turned over to a local smaller fire management organization (East Blues Local Type 3 – IC Crippen), and 327 personnel are currently assigned.
More information: 541-406-0201 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4481/ | www.facebook.com/EagleComplex2015
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The human-caused Stouts Fire, started on July 30, 11 miles east of Canyonville, is at 26,452 acres (11,239 ODF-protected acres) and 92 percent contained. The fire has 324 personnel assigned and is being managed by a smaller fire management organization (Florida Forest Service Type 3 – IC Mike Work). Crews continue repair work and expanding mop-up operations. “We are working with our agency administrators for a smooth transition back to the local authorities,” said Rickey Britt, Planning Chief with the Florida Forest Service Team. “We believe we have a solid plan to seamlessly changeover the operations once we reach 100% containment [of the Stouts Creek Fire].”
More information: 541-825-3724 or 206-402-7175 | http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/ | www.facebook.com/StoutsFire www://twitter.com/StoutsFire | www.flickr.com/photos/stoutsfirephotos | #stoutsfire |
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.
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland, and Bureau of Land Management forestlands west of the Cascades, and also works closely with partner firefighting agencies.
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