Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, Aug. 27, 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.]

Fall may be in the air, but the Canyon Creek Complex fires are still burning as if it’s mid-summer. Yesterday in the Pine Creek area, fire activity intensified, prompting deployment of all available air tankers to the scene. Level 3 (Go!) evacuations have been reinstituted. All resources and residents are out of harm as far as is known.

Regular fall hunting seasons are going forward in Oregon as planned. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has partnered with ODF, federal resource agencies, sportsmen’s organizations and private forest landowners to advise hunters to exercise extra caution in the forest due to the extreme fire danger.


The 11,908-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is seven percent contained. The lightning-caused fires are currently staffed with 328 total personnel. Resources include: nine hand crews, 14 fire engines, four water tenders, seven bulldozers and five helicopters.

The 85,960-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 44 percent contained. The lightning-caused fires are located one mile south of John Day and Canyon City. Afternoon winds Wednesday coupled with hot, dry conditions caused expansion and triggered evacuations in the Pine Creek area.

The Eldorado Fire and Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex – The Eldorado Fire five miles SE of Unity is 20,635 acres and 80 percent contained. The Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex 16 miles south of Baker City is 103,887 acres and 85 percent contained.

Mop-up continues on the 26-acre August Fire in the Forest Grove District. The fire lines appear to be secure, But ODF will continue to manage the fire for the possibility of dry easterly winds in September. Cause is under investigation.

The 71,959-acre Grizzly Bear Complex is 10 percent contained. The lightning-caused fires are burning 20 miles SE of Dayton, Wash., and near Troy, Ore., in the Northeast Oregon District.

The 24,452-acre Stouts Creek Fire is 86 percent contained. The human-caused fire is burning 16 miles east of Canyonville. No perimeter growth is expected.

The 337-acre Falls Creek Fire is uncontained. It is burning five miles south of Joseph.

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
www.oregon.gov/pages/wildfire.aspx   for fire prevention, response and recovery links  
•         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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