Oregon Department of Forestry fire update for Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.

This is an Oregon Department of Forestry fire update for Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.

Fire Information Duty Officer:  Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 (office), 503-508-0574 (Cell), rod.l.nichols@oregon.gov

[This is a summary update. More detailed updates on the individual fires as well as other fire-related information are posted to the ODF Wildfire Blog.  You can also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.]


ODF Forest Grove District
August Fire | 08-22-15 | 10 miles west of Banks, near MP 42-43 on Highway 26 | 26 acres | 100 percent lined, mop-up in progress; Hwy 26 to reopen later today | Human-caused | ODF Forest Grove District and local fire agencies partnered to fight the fire |
More Information:  http://www.fgdfire.com | http:// http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/ | www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry | www.twitter.com/ORDeptForestry |

ODF West Oregon District – Dallas Unit
Willamina Creek Fire | 08-19-15 | 9 miles north of Willamina | 230 acres | in mop-up | Under investigation | ODF local mgmt. team |
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 | 08-12-15 | one mile south of John Day and Canyon City | 73,210 acres | 29% contained | 665 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 – Wallowa Unit
Falls Creek Fire | 08-22-15 |4 miles southwest of Joseph, OR | 200+ acres | 0% contained | Local IMT (IC Tyler) |
More Information: 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1208 | www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman | www.twitter.com/WallowaWhitman
Grizzly Bear Complex | 08-13-15 | 20 miles SE of Dayton WA – Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, south and east | 65,000 acres | 0% contained | 613 personnel | Lightning | WA IMT 4 (IC Gales) / OSFM Green Team (IC Kunze)
More Information: 541-612-0059 | http://inciweb.nwcg.giv/incident/4511 | http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/

ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit
Eldorado Fire | 08-14-15 | 5 miles southeast of Unity | 20,611 acres |70% contained |315 personnel | Lightning Hold-over |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 | eldoradofire2015@gmail.com |#EldoradoFire |

Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex | 08-10-15 | 10 miles east of Unity | 103,887 acres | 80% contained | 321 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 | bakerjointinfo@gmail.com |

Eagle Complex | 08-10-15 | 16 miles northeast of Baker City | 8,129 acres |5% contained | 323 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 | bakerjointinfo@gmail.com |

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)
Stouts Fire |07-30-15 | 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo | 26,367 acres | 86% contained | 610 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 |

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.

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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Why does ODF fight fire at night?
Oregon Dept. of Forestry and partner crews jump on opportunities to make sure fires are out. When you see ODF firefighting operations online, you might notice images of night firefighting. Doing anything in the dark can be difficult, and considering safety above all else, we minimize risk so that crews can take full advantage of working at night, providing some very special situational advantages, including slowing the fire down quickly.

Less heat from the sun, and often higher humidity provide ideal conditions for getting a leg up on suppression. John Flannigan, Coos Forest Protective Association and Night Operations Chief with ODF’s Incident Management Team 1 from last year’s Haystack Complex, said that in his experience of working at night, he has seen “many times when the fire lies down, allowing crews to make great progress.” This includes spraying those areas with water and digging fire line to contain it quickly and efficiently.

Fighting fires at night is just one of the many strategies that ODF and our partners employ to protect Oregon’s forests and communities.


Rod Nichols
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
2600 State St.
Salem, OR 97304
503-945-7425 office
503-508-0574 mobile

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