Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Currently 19 uncontained large wildfires are burning across Oregon and Washington, with 12 of the fires in Oregon. Large fires within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:
Donnybrook – Deschutes National Forest, 22,763 acres, 70 percent contained.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Temperatures have cooled down in the region on the heels of triple digit heat, providing much-needed relief for the thousands of firefighters trying to keep the flames at bay, but unfortunately changing weather conditions in the coming days won't provide much certainty for containment efforts, according to weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen.
"The good news is that the cool down will last for several more days," said Wiltgen. "And by Wednesday, thunderstorms may develop in the area, bringing welcome rainfall."
"However, the bad news is that those thunderstorms will also bring severe weather and lightning strikes that could spark additional fires. Not only that, but by next weekend the Northwest should see temperatures soar back into the 90s to near 100."
Fire at a glance
Start date: July 12, 2014
Size: 11,989 acres
Containment: 60 percent
Hand crews: 23
Fire engines: 37
Water tenders: 24
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Start date: July 11-12, 2014
Size: 7,865 acres
Containment: 35 percent
Hand crews: 23
Fire engines: 24
Water tenders: 10
Total personnel: 723
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1
WHITE RIVER FIRE FULLY CONTAINED
Most of the firefighters who have been mopping up the 652-acre White River Fire this week are hitting the road this morning. The fire was declared 100 percent contained today by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team, which took supervisory control of the fire's suppression on Sunday, July 13.
The direction of further mop-up operations on the White River Fire has been returned to The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Several crews, engines and other equipment remain to ensure the fire stays inside its containment line.
But one hundred percent contained does not mean the fire is 100 percent out.
The incident management team's objectives were to complete a fire line around the blaze's perimeter, then mop-up (fully extinguish) all hot spots within 500 feet of the fire line (300 feet inside the White River Canyon, a wilderness area).
The cost of containing the White River Fire is $2 million. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Some of the incident management team's members have already been assigned to other wildfires, as have many of the crews that helped to contain the White River Fire. Dozens of blazes east of the Cascade Range in Oregon are scrambling for fire suppression resources - crews, engines, bulldozers, helicopters - and an unwritten objective of the incident management team on the White River Fire was to complete its tasks quickly and completely so much-needed help could be sent to fire managers in other parts of the state.
For further information about the White River Fire, please contact:
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
The Dalles Unit, (541) 296-4626
Comments and questions
Current wildfire info
While lightning often ignites the largest wildfires, human carelessness accounts for 69 percent of all fire starts on the 16 million acres of forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
What we do
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state- and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. There are about 30.4 million total acres of forest in Oregon.
Fire suppression policy
The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. Suppression of large fires can run into millions of dollars.