News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 18th, 2015 3:06 PM
We’ve changed the look, length and frequency of ODF Daily Fire Updates. Starting today, the Daily Fire Update will provide a high-level snapshot of Oregon fire activity, pointing to additional resources and contact information. The ODF Fire Blog will become home for all updates from individual fires and other-fire related information. Please bookmark the blog page for quick reference. Please also find ODF on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and stories from the front lines.
URGENT FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE
“Your help is critical in preventing the next wildfire.” With resources stretched thin and more than 300,000 acres burning in Oregon alone, State Forester Doug Decker calls on Oregonians to keep the next fire from starting. See the video at
https://youtu.be/evoV67OztLU. Read the State Forester’s statement.
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit: The lightning-caused Canyon Creek Complex, started August 12, is burning one mile south of John Day and Canyon City. The complex is approximately 43,738 acres and 0 percent contained. Evacuation notices have been issued for this fire at all levels, which has destroyed and continues to threaten primary residences in the fire’s area, and an area closure is in effect. A community meeting will be held tonight at 5:00 p.m. [note the updated time] at the Grant Union High School’s old gym. This is the top priority fire in the nation for resources, with additional firefighting resources continuing to arrive from around the state and country, and approximately 561 firefighters currently assigned. The fire is being managed under Unified Command by the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander Lund) and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team (Incident Commander Walker).
Joint Information Center: 541-575-3040
Facebook: Great Basin National Incident Management Team 1 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Basin-National-Incident-Management-Team-1/1395232140691247
Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit: The Eldorado Fire, burning approximately 8 miles southeast of Unity on ODF-protected private lands, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands, is estimated at 20,500 acres and 30 percent contained. ODF Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of the fire on August 15. This morning, all evacuation notices for the fire area have been updated to Level 1 [Get Ready]. Today, 285 personnel are assigned to this fire. The cause remains under investigation.
Baker County, Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC): 541-523-2905
Ready Set Go: www.wildlandfirersg.org
ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit: The lightning-caused Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex, which started on August 10, is burning 10 miles east of Unity, and approximately 99,270 acres and 35 percent contained. The fire is burning on ODF-protected lands, and U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Area and road closures remain in effect on this fire, and evacuation notices at all levels have been issued for this fire which threatens and has destroyed structures. Approximately 628 personnel are assigned to this fire which is being managed under Unified Command by the Southwest Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Ruggiero) and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Green Team (Incident Commander Kunze).
Baker County, Oregon Joint Information Center: 541-523-2905
ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit: The lightning-caused Eagle Complex, which comprises three fires burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Richland (16 miles northeast of Baker city), is approximately 2,518 acres and 0 percent contained. This complex, burning on ODF-protected lands and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is being managed by the Rocky Mountain Interagency Team Black (Incident Commander Greer).
Baker City Joint Information Center (JIC): (541) 523-2905
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Stouts Fire, reported July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo, is 25,076 acres and 72 percent contained. Today the fire released resources – personnel and equipment – to assist with other fires burning in Oregon; currently 1,030 personnel remain on this fire. Approximately 48 percent of the fire has burned on ODF-protected forestlands (private lands and BLM), and about 52 percent on the Umpqua National Forest. The fire is under joint command of ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) and the U.S. Forest Service (Incident Commander Mike Wilde). The fire has been determined to be human-caused.
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Cable Crossing Fire remains at 1,857 acres and 90 percent contained. Today, about 50 firefighters remain assigned to the fire, which is in mop-up status.
WILDFIRES AND ROAD AND HIGHWAY SAFETY, DELAYS, AND CLOSURES
Wildfires can affect the status of Oregon’s roads, including State Highways. Firefighting equipment may be in the area – either on the roadways or in the air above. Smoke may appear suddenly, making travel hazardous. Use caution when driving in the area of any wildfire, traveling at a safe and appropriate speed for the conditions, but do not slow down or stop to watch firefighting operations. And, always, for the latest information on state roads and highways relating to delays and closures, visit www.tripcheck.com.
EVACUATIONS – READY, SET, GO!
Be aware that evacuation levels can change rapidly based on unexpected growth from fire behavior.
* LEVEL ONE – GET READY! Be Prepared. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area and monitor websites, social media, and local media outlets for information.
* LEVEL TWO – GET SET! Be Set. This indicates that there is significant danger to your area, and residents should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
* LEVEL THREE – GO! Leave Immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.
If, at any time, no matter what the level, you feel threatened by fire, do not wait for someone to tell you that it is time to evacuate, just go. For more information on the READY, SET, GO! Evacuation Levels system, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org/.
Smoke may persist where wildfires are burning in in Oregon, including times when burn-out firefighting operations are taking place. Stay up-to-date on smoke density and public health advisories, or view and monitor Oregon’s air quality index. Wildfires and severe smoke can create dangerous conditions for people, especially those with chronic health conditions. Learn what you can do to reduce the risk of health effects of wildfire smoke.
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
January 1, 2015, through today:*
Lightning-caused fires: 249 fires burned 2710 acres
Human-caused fires: 543 fires burned 27,048 acres
Total: 792 fires burned 29,758 acres
10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 237 fires burned 21,523 acres
Human-caused fires: 429 fires burned 3,308 acres
Total: 666 fires burned 24,831 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 may call the Fire Information Duty Officers, who are currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), and Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 (office) or 503-508-0574 (Cell), 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 site.
For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
* the department’s blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
* the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
* the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.
* the Blue Mountain Interagency Wildfire blog for news on wildfires in the Blue Mountains (northeast Oregon)
* the ODF Forest Grove District’s Fire blog with district-specific wildfire information
* the ODF Central Oregon District’s Twitter feed
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. The department also provides 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 efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon’s forests.
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