News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 23rd, 2015 3:40 PM
Fire Information Duty Officers: Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), and Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 (office) or 503-508-0574 (Cell)
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY (ODF) FIRE UPDATE – SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 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.
Wildfire smoke from the large fires in the intermountain west reached the Willamette Valley and the coast yesterday, serving as a vivid reminder of the intensity of this fire season. While the smoke is a nuisance and a health risk to those residents, it pales in comparison to the homes, livelihoods, and lives lost to those immense wildfires. We remain aware of the harsh reality of this extreme fire season. Our thoughts are with those affected by fire, here at home and across the west.
It also serves as a bold reminder to all Oregonians of the importance of preventing any new human-caused fires, and as an opportunity to learn about the brave men and women who are doing the work to help prevent future loss – loss of property, homes, and natural resources. You can see, hear, and learn more about these firefighters, and those supporting them, on ODF’s various social media channels, and the other online sites that are listed below for each fire in the “Fire Facts” section of this update. Take a moment today and reflect on how you and your own actions can help prevent the next human-caused wildfire. Know the local restrictions where you will be working and playing – they may change suddenly. And thank those who are here and who have come from across the nation and other countries to help with the current large fires burning across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
ODF Forest Grove District
August Fire | 8/22/15 | 10 miles west of Banks, near MP 42-43 on Highway 26 | 12-14 acres | 10% contained | Human-caused | 60 personnel; Local ODF Forest Grove District and local fire agencies assisted |
More Information: http://www.fgdfire.com | http:// http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/ | www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry | www.twitter.com/ORDeptForestry |
ODF North Cascade District – Santiam Unit
Kinney Creek Fire | 8/20/15 | 1.6 miles west of Detroit (across Detroit Dam) |12 acres | 95% contained |Under investigation | Local ODF unit assisting USFS – Willamette NF due to threat to ODF-protected lands |
More Information: 503-569-2200 | www.fs.usda.gov/willamette | www.twitter.com/willametteNF |
ODF West Oregon District – Dallas Unit
Willamina Creek Fire | 8/19/15 | 9 miles north of Willamina | 230 acres | 20% contained | 266 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 – The Dalles Unit
Wamic Grade Fire | 8/20/15 | 7 miles northwest of Maupin | 100 acres | Mop-up | Human-caused | Local ODF Unit; USFS assisting |
More Information: 541-296-4626 | www.twitter.com/odf_cod |
ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit
Canyon Creek Complex | 8/12/15 | one mile south of John Day and Canyon City | 68,545 acres | 23% contained | 832 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 | 8/22/15 |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 | 8/13/15 | 20 miles SE of Dayton WA – Wenaha-Tucannon Wildernes, south and east | 61,150 acres | 0% contained | 395 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 | 8/14/15 | 5 miles southeast of Unity | 20,611 acres |65% contained |358 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org |#EldoradoFire |
Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex | 8/10/15 | 10 miles east of Unity | 103,887 acres | 80% contained | 351 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 | 6,540 acres |5% contained | 326 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 | 26,368 acres | 84% contained | 694 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.
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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