OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY FIRE UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: July 8th, 2015 10:36 AM
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the last 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

North Cascade District – Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is 55 percent contained. There has been no increase in actual fire size in the past 24 hours, but due to more accurate mapping the size is now estimated at approximately 79 acres. The fire is in mop-up, moving towards being fully extinguished, and, with improved containment, firefighters will begin to be released for rest or to other fire assignments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

Note: The following fire was reported on Monday, July 6, but mistakenly not included in the July 7 morning fire update:
Central Oregon District – John Day Unit: The Baker Gardens Fire was reported at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, burning on ODF-protected forestlands 11 miles east of Lonerock in grass and light timber. The fire was 100 percent dozer-lined by the morning on Tuesday, July 7. The cause of the fire is under investigation. This will be the only report on this fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Corner Creek Fire – The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire, burning approximately 11 miles south of Dayville, is now approximately 28,766 acres and 40 percent contained. Private lands in the fire area are protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. ODF’s Incident Management Team 1 transitioned management of this fire over to the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (IC: Brett Fillis), this morning, July 8. With the release of the ODF incident management team, and information available from the interagency team, there will be no further reports on this fire in these updates unless warranted. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4349.

FIRE STATISTICS*
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 8, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 110 fires burned 1,011 acres
Human-caused fires: 317 fires burned 661 acres
Total: 427 fires burned 1,682 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 8):
Lightning-caused fires: 48 fires burned 419 acres
Human-caused fires: 213 fires burned 1,426 acres
Total: 261 fires burned 1,845 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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 (Inciweb) website.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF proves fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.