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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stouts Fire update - Aug. 2, 2015

Aug. 2, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Email: StoutsFire@gmail.com
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
@StoutsFire
www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
#StoutsFire

Firefighters continued to deal with extreme weather conditions on the Stouts Fire yesterday, as high
temperatures, low humidity, and low fuel moistures combined for a difficult day. Wind gusts of 10-20
miles per hour and temperatures over 100 degrees were observed. Growing to over 15,000 acres, the fire pushed east and turned northeast on Saturday. An additional level 2 evacuation notice was issued to the Drew area east of the fire.

 “You’ve heard it already – ‘bring your A-game,’” Incident Commander John Buckman reiterated to the crews at a Saturday evening briefing. “You’re going to need it for at least a few solid days for us to get well-positioned. This is a tough fire and we’ll be at it for a while.”

 Two of the three day shift structure protection task forces continued to work in the Upper Cow Creek
evacuation area yesterday in anticipation of the fire reaching that area. A task force consists of different size engines and water tenders with 3-4 firefighters per engine. Residents’ work on reducing fuels around many of the structures over the last couple of years was evident and will hopefully give them the upper edge if the fire moves through the area. The third task force moved to the Drew community to survey the homes because the fire has been moving that direction. Wildland firefighters continue building control lines between the fire and the community, but the terrain is steep and the heavy fuel load is proving difficult, so contingency plans to protect the community are being developed.

Sunday’s forecast of possible lightning could complicate this already difficult fire. About 400 structural and wildland firefighters are working the day shift with landowners and companies, while another 400 are scheduled for the night shift. A community meeting in Azalea on Saturday night drew an audience of 177 people. Another public meeting is being held at the Milo Fire Department tonight at 6:30 pm.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg
Resources and other landowners, and structural fire protection teams from Clackamas, Lane,
Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. Over 1000 people are currently assigned to the fire.

 Evacuations Levels 1 to 3 have been issued which affect 188 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place near the Galesville Dam up to Snow Creek on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and Trail Highway in Tiller on the east side. Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place for residents in the Azalea area from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Canyonville YMCA.

New contact information for the Stouts Fire is listed at the top of this page.

Cable Crossing Fire morning update - Aug. 2, 2015


Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
8/02/2015

FIREFIGHTERS PRESENTED "OPPORTUNITY"

The word of the day at this morning's Cable Crossing Fire briefing was "opportunity". While Mother Nature has had the upper hand over the first four days of the fire, presenting extreme fire behavior conditions, she will take a break today with lower temperatures, higher humidity and calmer winds. These favorable conditions will allow crews to use a more aggressive approach in efforts to halt the fire spread.

The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon. Crews will seize the break in the weather by using established dozer and hand lines to burn out from in small chunks. Several small burnout operations will take place throughout the fire perimeter to reduce ground fuels and ultimately keep the fire from jumping established containment lines.

"We still have a lot of work in front of us," said ODF Incident Management Team 3 Commander Link Smith. "But with the break in the weather, today will be a day of accomplishment."

The weather, that has routinely provided temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, will bring mid to high level cloud cover that will reduce the active fire behavior firefighters have been challenged with since they arrived.

The fire is currently 1,148 acres and 15 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,148 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1; 39 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 - Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 10
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 1212
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,500,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf

https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire
Contact Info:
For More Information:
541-496-0902

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Conflagration Status Update - Stouts Fire, Aug. 1

General Information:  The Office of State Fire Marshal has deployed structural protection task forces to assist local resources battling the Stouts Fire burning 16 miles east of Canyonville; 1 mile south of Milo.

Resources: The task forces deployed are from the following counties: Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Marion, Lincoln, and Yamhill. On scene to assist with management of the structural protection task forces are 29 members of the OSFM's Green Incident Management Team. The OSFM Green IMT is in Unified Command.  

Current Conditions: The size of this fire is 8,500 acres. Estimated containment is at 0%. The fire gained a couple thousand acres last night. 

The combined structural and wildland firefighting team of over 800 firefighters will split responsibilities based on their expertise. The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Green Team's and ODF Team I are operating under a "unified command" to coordinate the structural and wildland firefighting efforts. While the city or structural firefighters work with homeowners to help prevent harm to their homes if the fire reaches them, the wildland firefighters will continue working to contain the fire to prevent the fire from spreading to the neighborhoods.

All crews are doing an excellent job.  They are currently working day and night operational periods. Coordinated efforts between structural taskforces and wildland taskforces are going extremely well and they are working hard to prep homes in the evacuation zones.

"The Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Umpqua National Forest gave us specific direction to suppress the fire and be safe," said OSFM Green Team's Incident Commander Ted Kunze. "It's great to see the teams partnering with the communities to protect our forests and the people living near them."

Yesterday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 (Go) evacuation for residents in the Azalea area from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East. There is a Level 2 (Set) evacuation for residents near the Galesville Dam up to Snow Creek. For the residents on Ferguson Lane, Stouts Creek, and Conley Lane - the level of evacuation was reduced to Level 2. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Canyonville YMCA. Fire managers and structure protection teams continue evaluating the wildland-urban interface zones and preparing the areas to help blunt the fire if it reaches these areas. This includes the Milo, Tiller, Azalea, and Crew communities, in addition to the homes under Level II and III evacuations.


News contact:
Rich Hoover
Public Information Officer
Office of State Fire Marshal
503-602-0435 mobile




Cable Crossing Fire - Aug. 1 update

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Very high temperatures, erratic winds, dry fuels and steep terrain combined to produce extreme fire behavior on the Cable Crossing Fire Friday afternoon. Although the fire size remained stable throughout the night at 1,110 acres, last night’s smoke column generated a few new spot fires to the south of the main fire that firefighters quickly responded to. The fire remains 15 percent contained.

 

Fire fighters are facing these same conditions today. A Red Flag Warning is in place with the forecast calling for afternoon winds, temperatures near 95, low humidity and a chance of thunderstorms—all of which make for very active fire behavior and hampers the efforts to slow the fire’s advance.

 

Firefighters are utilizing bulldozers, helicopters and retardant dropping air tankers to harden contingency lines with hopes of conducting burnout operations under favorable conditions in the next couple of days. These tactics will eliminate fuels between control lines and the head of the fire, which will take away the fire’s momentum

 

In the Ready, Set, Go or 1, 2, 3 evacuation level system, a Level 1 “Ready” notification remains in place from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head on Little River Road. As indicated, a Level 1 Evacuation notification encourages those affected to be ready should the fire continue to move towards these areas. This making preparations and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, livestock and pets.

 

ODF will be holding a community meeting Saturday evening at the Glide Fire Department at 7:00 p.m. where fire managers will provide information and answer questions. Residents from the local area are encouraged to attend.

 

The fire is burning on private and public lands in the heart of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor six miles east of Glide. While private landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Highway 138 remains open. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area.

 

In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such as campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.

 

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Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,110 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment:  15%
Expected Containment:  unknown
Crews and Equipment: 
Crews:  2 - Type 1
              40 - Type 2
 Air Tankers:  3 Tankers
 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
 Helicopters:   6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
                         5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
                         4 – Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines:   10
Dozers:   4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders:   10
Total personnel: 1191
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,000,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
#cablecrossingfire 
 

Stouts Fire Morning Update – August 1, 2015


Contact: Brian Ballou (541) 621-4156

“This is a tough fire,” ODF Team 1 Incident Commander John Buckman explained this morning. “Because of the challenging terrain and abundant, dry fuel – large standing and downed trees – we have difficult work ahead to suppress this fire but I know these crews can do it.”

Facing difficult weather – historically high temperatures and low relative humidity – and quick growth to about 8,500 acres since its start July 30. The drought created unusually dry forests prone to fast-spreading fires. Between yesterday and last night the fire grew 2,000 acres to the south and east.

The combined structural and wildland firefighting team of over 800 firefighters will split responsibilities based on their expertise. The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Green Team’s and ODF Team I are operating under a “unified command” to coordinate the structural and wildland firefighting efforts. While the city or structural firefighters work with homeowners to help prevent harm to their homes if the fire reaches them, the wildland firefighters will continue working to contain the fire to prevent the fire from spreading to the neighborhoods.

 “The Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Umpqua National Forest gave us specific direction to suppress the fire and be safe,” said OSFM Green Team’s Incident Commander Ted Kunze. “It’s great to see the teams partnering with the communities to protect our forests and the people living near them.”

Yesterday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 (Go) evacuation for residents in the Azalea area from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East. There is a Level 2 (Set) evacuation for residents near the Galesville Dam up to Snow Creek. For the residents on Ferguson Lane, Stouts Creek, and Conley Lane - the level of evacuation was reduced to Level 2. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Canyonville YMCA. Fire managers and structure protection teams continue evaluating the wildland-urban interface zones and preparing the areas to help blunt the fire if it reaches these areas. This includes the Milo, Tiller, Azalea, and Crew communities, in addition to the homes under Level II and III evacuations.

Governor Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act to bring structural firefighters in from around the state to help protect the neighborhoods close to the fire. The OSFM Office quickly mobilized statewide resources including task force teams from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties to work with the Green Team.

More Information: (541) 621-4156 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)     #StoutsFire       StoutsFire@gmail.com http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/                                                    www.dfpa.net                           
www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry                                    www.twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation                       www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fire danger prompts Western Lane, So. Cascade districts to tighten restrictions

July 31, 2015

Contacts:

Greg Wagenblast, South Cascade District

Phil Hunter, Western Lane District
(541) 935-2283 x225, phil.m.hunter@oregon.gov

High temperatures and low humidity have set the stage for any new wildfires to burn hot and spread fast. In response, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s South Cascade and Western Lane districts today further tightened fire safety restrictions in the forest. The changes include:

§  Campfires are now banned completely in the two districts. Previously they were allowed in designated campgrounds but no longer. Campstove that use bottled fuels are allowed.

§  Mowing of dry, cured grasses is prohibited at any time.

§  Some other fire safety rules already in place include: bans on smoking except in a closed vehicle or building, grinding and welding of metal, driving/riding motorized vehicles off of established roads.

Firefighting personnel and equipment have become scarce due to the Cable Crossing and Stouts fires in Douglas County, and local fire managers are concerned that any new fires in South Cascade or Western Lane would stretch resources thin.

“Given the rapid growth of those fires south of us and the resulting drawdown of resources, we decided to increase restrictions here,” said Phil Hunter, protection unit forester with the Western Lane District.

South Cascade District Forester Greg Wagenblast concurred, noting that all industrial activity in the forest has been shut down due to the extreme fire danger.

“These stepped-up rules for recreational activity aim for the same result: Reduce the chance of human-caused fire starts,” he said.

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Ready, Set, Go explained

When a wildfire potentially threatens a community, emergency services agencies may announce "Ready, Set, Go." This slogan refers to three levels of evacuation.

Be Ready: Level 1

Evacuation Plan
  • Make a plan, and be sure everyone in your family understands it.
  • Assign tasks to each family member for what to do during Level 1 (Ready), Level 2 (Set) and Level 3
  • (GO!) evacuations.
  • Have an evacuation plan for your pets and livestock. If it isn’t safe for you, its not safe for them.
  • Designate a meeting place – this could be a friend or family member’s house, or an evacuation shelter.
  • Choose an out-of-the-area contact person to relay information about your welfare to family and friends and to keep your phone lines open.
House Preparation
  • Make sure house numbers are visible from the street.
  • Make sure driveways are wide enough for emergency vehicles to enter (10-12 feet wide).
  • Prepare your defensible space.
  • Emergency Kits - Keep them ready at all times in your home and vehicle.
  • Include supplies for you and everyone who lives in your home or visits regularly.
  • Include supplies for your pets.
  • Include copies of important documents, phone contact lists, family photos, household inventory lists, and any portable valuables.
  • Keep your vehicles filled with gas.

Be Set: Level 2

  • Keep pets and livestock ready to go in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Be sure to have your photo ID or something showing your current address in case you need to access an evacuated area.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations for updates.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures (during wildfires).

Go!: Level 3

  • Leave house lights on and windows closed.
  • Let your emergency contact and/or family members know where you are going.
 
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