Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Thursday, August 20, 2015

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)


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.

Formal community meetings connect fire teams, the media, and state leadership with local community members, providing information about the fire situation in their community, and a forum for answering questions and responding to concerns.

Then, there are the not-so-formal meetings with the community. Sisters is just one of many communities where, when a large fire threatens, it’s common for fire agency staff to set up shop on the main street or in a local park with fire maps taped to a large piece of plywood, sharing the latest fire-related information and listening.

And, there are times when it’s not all about the fire.  At an already-scheduled meeting of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association in the Baker City Park, near the Cornet/Windy Ridge Fire, representatives from fire protection agencies and others spoke with ranchers about after-the-fire assistance – land rehabilitation, livestock, livestock forage, and crop disaster assistance – and how to work jointly to support those landowners and permittees suffering losses.

At the Eldorado Fire, there have also been “Meetings on the Hood,” starting from the early days of the fire when nearly 25 Ironside community members gathered the fire team with maps and cookies, around the hood of an ODF truck to share the latest. On the Stouts Creek Fire in Douglas County, numerous community meetings have been held since the fire started on July 30, in Azalea, Milo, and Tiller, and ODF IMT 2 Incident Commander Chris Cline took shared his famous barbequed ribs to a grange potluck in a local park.

When a wildfire threatens everything you’ve built, own, and hold dear, nothing tops getting the latest information. Getting to know the men and women working hard to protect your homes and forests, and having a safe place to discuss concerns and the future is what community and working together is all about.


ODF North Cascade District – Santiam Unit
Kinney Creek Fire | 8/20/15 | 1.6 miles west of Detroit (across Detroit Dam) |12 acres | 75% 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 | 140 acres | 10% contained | 226 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 | 95 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

Jerry’s Draw Fire | 5 miles north of Prairie City | 248 acres | 0% contained | Initial Attack crews from Canyon Creek Complex responded | Under investigation |
More Information: Joint Information Center: 541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633 | www.twitter.com/odf_cod |

Canyon Creek Complex | 8/12/15 | one mile south of John Day and Canyon City | 61,631 acres | 13% contained | 939 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
Grizzly Bear Fire | 8/13/15 | 20 miles SE of Dayton WA – Wenaha-Tucannon Wildernes, south and east | 60,300 acres | 0% contained | 106 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 |50% contained |492 personnel | Under investigation |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 | 8/10/15 | 10 miles east of Unity | 103,887 acres | 75% contained | 482 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 | 8/10/15 | 16 miles northeast of Baker City | 5,525 acres |0% contained | 208 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 |7/30/15 | 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo | 26,188 acres | 80% contained | 764 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

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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