This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, August 3, 2015.
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire July 30. The fire, burning on DFPA-protected private and public forestlands six miles east of Glide, is estimated this morning at approximately 1,674 acres and 20 percent contained. While no homes are currently threatened, a precautionary-only Level I (GET READY) evacuation notice is in place for some residents in the area should the need arise to leave. Highway 138 is being managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area.
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Stouts Fire, reported July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo on forestlands protected by DFPA, is currently estimated at slightly more than 15,000 acres and approximately 5 percent contained. The fire is being managed under a joint incident comment between Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1, the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, and the U.S. Forest Service, with approximately 1400 fire personnel fighting the fire. The fire is burning on a mix of private forestlands, Bureau of Land Management Lands, and U.S. National Forest lands – approximately one-third of the total on each type of ownership. Today, there are 317 structures under Evacuation Levels 1 and 2 (Ready, Set); no Level 3 (Go) evacuations are currently in place.
Fire information for the Stouts Fire:
FIRES ON OTHER FORESTLANDS
The Phillips Creek Fire was reported Saturday afternoon, August 1, seven miles northwest of Elgin near Indian Point. The fire has now burned an estimated 800 acres of brush, grass, slash and heavy timber predominantly in the Phillips Creek Drainage on both the Umatilla National Forest and adjacent private lands. The fire is 0% contained and the cause is under investigation. Union County has issued a Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation notice to some residents in the area and road closures are in effect. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett Fillis), will assume management of the fire this afternoon, with an Incident Command Post set up at the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Grounds. Interagency resources on scene Sunday included air attack, multiple helicopter and air tanker support, eight Type 2 Initial Attack crews, 13 engines, seven water tenders, and overhead support. Over 200 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire. Additional resources are on order.
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: 203 fires burned 2480 acres
Human-caused fires: 467 fires burned 964 acres
Total: 670 fires burned 3444 acres
10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 141 fires burned 16,973 acres
Human-caused fires: 351 fires burned 2977 acres
Total: 492 fires burned 19,951 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 Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (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.
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.