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Prescribed Burn Notice: NFJD Ranger District - Meadowbrook FTQ (2021 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - 3 hours 54 min ago
Fire management officials on the North Fork John Day Ranger District are implementing a 300-acre prescribed burn within the Meadowbrook FTQ burn unit, located approximately 2 miles southeast from Dale, Oregon and 6 miles east of Meadowbrook Summit.   The Meadowbrook prescribed burn is anticipated to take 1-2 days to complete and primarily consists of grass and mixed pine. The objective of the burn is to improve foraging habitat for big game, reduce long-term wildfire risk through reductions in existing fuel loading, to restore the ecological functions of a fire adapted ecosystem to the area, and to kill germinated invasive annual grasses. Hunters and forest visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and avoid the area during prescribed burning activities.   Additional information about this prescribed burn is available by visiting the Umatilla National Forest’s prescribed fire interactive map. This map displays burning activities and the interactive map allows the...

Forest Service Road 4713 to reopen on the Pomeroy Ranger District (Green Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - 10 hours 45 min ago
PENDLETON, Ore. (October 20, 2021) –  Based on assessments of road conditions and slope stability following recent rainfall, Umatilla National Forest officials will reopen Forest Service Road (FSR) 4713 on the Pomeroy Ranger District on Friday, Oct. 22. The remaining road closures are in effect to protect public and firefighter safety. Hazards along the closed roads include burned or dead trees, erosion, unstable road or trail surfaces, uncontained fireline and ongoing suppression operations (such as the presence of firefighting resources or large equipment). Public entry is prohibited on the roads as identified in the closure and described below. Forest Service Roads (FSR) 4712: all vehicles greater than 50-inches in width are prohibited from traveling on any part of FSR 4712. (4.3 miles) All vehicles are prohibited from traveling on portions of or all the following roads: FSR 44 (3.9 miles) FSR 41 (5.6 miles) FSR 4206 (6.7 miles) ...

Prescribed Fire Operations Update (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 20, 2021 - 9:36am
John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (October 15, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily.Emigrant Creek Ranger District has completed 4,300 acres in the Wolf F unit located in the Magpie Table area and approximately 1,100 acres in the Silvies 7 unit located south of the Silvies River and west of National Forest Road 31.  Crews will continue to patrol both units through the weekend.  Potential to continue work on the remaining approximate 1,700 acres on Silvies 7 could continue Tuesday, October 19. Prairie City Ranger District will be monitoring conditions for the potential to continue work within Elk 16 IB.  Conditions permitting, crews may potentially begin ignitions in Elk 16 unit or units in the Dads area.Blue Mountain Ranger District, crews from Grayback Forestry will be working on creating blackline around Murderers Creek 11 and may begin ignitions through the weekend. Fuels have lost moisture over the long, hot summer....

Prescribed Fire Operations Update Week of October 11 (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 20, 2021 - 9:30am
John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (October 12, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily.Emigrant Creek Ranger District – will continue work on Wolf F located in the Magpie Table area. Fire crews will be patrolling Silvies 7, located south of the Silvies River and west of National Forest Road 31. Prairie City Ranger District will be patrolling Elk 16 IB. Blue Mountain Ranger District is continuing to Monitor conditions to begin ignitions. If conditions are favorable fire crews will begin with ignitions on the following units:  Starr 31, 32, & 33  Fuels have lost moisture over the long, hot summer. Burning under dry fuels conditions allows the fuels to potentially consume more completely and produce less smoke.  For the safety of firefighters and the public, roads and areas of prescribed fire activity will be signed. Please avoid these areas so as not to interfere with ongoing operations. For safety, roads, trails and areas...

FS BAER Team Begins Schneider Springs Fire Assessment (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 20, 2021 - 9:20am
FOREST SERVICE BAER TEAM BEGINS POST-FIRE ASSESSMENT OF SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE After a large wildfire, special actions may be necessary to provide for public and community safety and protect critical natural and cultural resources on federal managed lands. For example, loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water runoff may increase and lead to flooding. Sediment may move downstream damaging roads and infrastructure or put endangered species and cultural resources at risk. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program evaluates these situations on federal lands to help guard the safety of National Forest (NF) visitors and employees, protect federal property, and critical natural or cultural resources from further damage. A BAER team has been established by the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF to begin a burned area assessment of the Schneider Springs Fire that recently burned on state, private, and federal lands. The Forest Service BAER team assesses National Forest System (NFS)...

Prescribed Fire Update (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 18, 2021 - 9:39am
 John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (October 18, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations

Bull Complex Final Update: Oct. 14, 2021 (Bull Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 14, 2021 - 8:20am
The past two days brought moderate rain and snow showers over the fire area. Fire behavior is now observed only in isolated and well sheltered stump holes. Our IMT3 team continues management of the Bull Complex and will transfer command to local Mt. Hood National Forest fire resources at 7:00 a.m., Monday, October 18.  Incident command complexity at that time will drop to a Type 4. Repair to damage caused during suppression operations is ongoing. Mechanized brush debris chipping and fuels reduction via the use of a curtain burner are the primary operational focuses. Road grading of forest roads affected during the incident are also being accomplished. All these activities will be pursued until fall weather makes work impractical. Structure protection wrap has been removed from Bagby Hot springs, Hawk Mountain Cabin and Gold Butte Lookout. No further structures remain wrapped. BAER personnel began preparations for conducting their operations in the fire area. This work will be...

Engagement from stakeholders (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 13, 2021 - 2:43pm
Many people have expressed an interest in the BAER assessment process for the Schneider Springs Fire. The BAER team leadership recently met with a few dozen stakeholders and shared information about what the Forest Service BAER process is, what it isn't, and how they can provide input and engage with the local Ranger District office on longer-term restoration projects. That meeting was recorded and is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKEzyb0DyZsAs part of that discussion, we provided a link to a survey (Microsoft Forms) asking for input from non-Forest Service stakeholders. This form asks about items you consider critical values that you think the BAER team (if appropriate) or the local District should consider in its recovery plans. Visit the survey

An Overview of the BAER Program (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 11, 2021 - 12:17pm
 See the linked PDF (below) for an overview of the Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

Most Current Closure Info (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 11, 2021 - 12:12pm
The closure area has been reduced to the perimeter of the fire.  Please see links below that will take you to the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF's website for more

Weather Safety Near Burned Areas (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 11, 2021 - 12:09pm
For their safety, communities need to monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow local county and city advisories, and act accordingly. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service (NWS), Pendleton (PDT) (https://www.weather.gov/pdt/) website. Use a weather radio or smart phone weather app that monitors all hazards alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service. Prepare for rainstorms by practicing evacuations prior to real events. Be prepared to evacuate if county or city emergency officials determine that flooding and debris flows are expected which could pose an increased threat to human life, safety, and property. Know and be alert to environmental signs of dangerous weather conditions and be prepared to take action that can save lives. Understand that all drainages within and downstream of burned areas can produce flash flooding. If you find...

BAER Teams Release Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire Soil Burn Severity Map (Jack Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 11, 2021 - 10:33am
Forest ServiceUmpqua National Forest2900 Northwest Stewart ParkwayRoseburg, OR 97471(541) 957-3200https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNat ionalForestTwitter @UmpquaNF     News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2021Umpqua National Forest BAER Info: Joe BlanchardEmail: Joseph.blanchard@usda.govBAER teams working on post-fire assessment of the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob Complex release Soil Burn Severity maps.Roseburg, OR – Two Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams have been established to assess the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob Complex for post-fire changed watershed conditions and threats to USFS critical values.   The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. ...

BAER Teams Release Soil Burns Severity Maps (Rough Patch Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 11, 2021 - 10:23am
Forest Service Umpqua National Forest 2900 Northwest Stewart Parkway Roseburg, OR 97471 (541) 957-3200 https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNat ionalForest Twitter @UmpquaNF       News Release  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2021 Umpqua National Forest BAER Info: Joe Blanchard Email: Joseph.blanchard@usda.gov BAER teams working on post-fire assessment of the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob Complex release Soil Burn Severity maps. Roseburg, OR – Two Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams have been established to assess the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob Complex for post-fire changed watershed conditions and threats to USFS critical values.    The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural and...

Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire Daily Fact Sheet Oct. 9, 2021 (Jack Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 9, 2021 - 9:12am
 Acres: 24,165 Containment: 83% Personnel: 4Current SituationYesterday, the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests released a revised closure order allowing access to some parts of the Forest that were previously closed. A link to the new order and maps is below.The fire is displaying minimal activity, however there are still safety concerns with the crews, trucks, large equipment, and damaged roadways. The Blue Team and the Forest Service are working together to clean things up so life can return to normal.There will continue to be a decrease of firefighter presence as deconstruction of the Incident Command Post will occurs over the next few days. However, there will be an influx of personnel working in and around the fires’ perimeter. Many of the heavy equipment operators, drivers, and contractors are local and their work is critical in helping restore the Forest.Workers are making great progress in suppression repair operations. But heavier traffic continues on Highway 138 as...

Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire Daily Fact Sheet Oct. 9, 2021 (Rough Patch Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 9, 2021 - 9:03am
Acres: 50,409Containment: 74%Personnel: 378 Current Situation Yesterday, the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests released a revised closure order allowing access to some parts of the Forest that were previously closed. A link to the new order and maps is below.The fire is displaying minimal activity, however there are still safety concerns with the crews, trucks, large equipment, and damaged roadways. The Blue Team and the Forest Service are working together to clean things up so life can return to normal.There will continue to be a decrease of firefighter presence as deconstruction of the Incident Command Post will occurs over the next few days. However, there will be an influx of personnel working in and around the fires’ perimeter. Many of the heavy equipment operators, drivers, and contractors are local and their work is critical in helping restore the Forest. Workers are making great progress in suppression repair operations. But heavier traffic continues on Highway 138 as...

Umpqua National Forest Amends Area Closure for Devils Knob Complex (Devils Knob Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2021 - 5:55pm
    EMERGENCY FIRE AREA CLOSURE ORDER AMENDED ON UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST AS WEATHER DECREASES FIRE ACTIVITY ROSEBURG, OR. – October 8th, 2021 – Closure areas within the Umpqua National Forest and neighboring Willamette National Forest have been diminished in size due to progress made by Incident Management Teams assigned to local fires, as well as recent precipitation, lower temperatures and higher humidity. Order No. 06-15-00-21-453 replaces Order No. 06-15-00-21-449 and is effective October 8, 2021 and ending May 9, 2022 unless rescinded sooner. Prohibiting public access to areas still closed is required for public safety as firefighters utilize direct and indirect suppression tactics on the Jack Fire, Rough Patch Complex and Devil’s Knob Complex. This amendment supersedes Order No. 06-15-06-21-449. PROHIBITIONS: 1. Being upon a closed road. [36 CFR § 261.54 (e)] 2. Going into or being upon an area closed for the protection of public health or ...

Oct 8 Reduced Forest Closure (Jack Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2021 - 4:54pm
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREFOREST SERVICEUMPQUA & WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FORESTSRoseburg and Springfield, ORORDER NO. 06-15-00-21-453EMERGENCY FIRE AREA CLOSUREROUGH PATCH, JACK, ARCHIE CREEK, DEVIL’S KNOB FIRE AREASPursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited upon roads, trails, and general forest areas within the Umpqua National Forest and Willamette National Forest as described below and shown in Exhibit A. This Order will be effective beginning October 8, 2021, and ending May 9, 2022, unless rescinded sooner.PROHIBITIONS:1. Being on the road. [36 CFR § 261.54(e)]2. Going into or being upon an area closed for the protection of public health or safety. [36 CFR § 261.52(e)]3. Being on a trail. [36 CFR § 261.55(a)]CLOSURE AREA:Starting at the confluence of Highway 138E and Rattlesnake Creek in T26S R2E Section 13, then following Rattlesnake Creek to its northernmost headwaters in T25 1/2 S R2E Section 35, then Northwest...

Oct 8 Umpqua and Willamette National Forest Closure Order #06-15-00-21-453 (Rough Patch Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2021 - 4:40pm
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE UMPQUA & WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FORESTS Roseburg and Springfield, OR ORDER NO. 06-15-00-21-453 EMERGENCY FIRE AREA CLOSURE ROUGH PATCH, JACK, ARCHIE CREEK, DEVIL’S KNOB FIRE AREAS Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited upon roads, trails, and general forest areas within the Umpqua National Forest and Willamette National Forest as described below and shown in Exhibit A. This Order will be effective beginning October 8, 2021, and ending May 9, 2022, unless rescinded sooner. PROHIBITIONS: 1. Being on the road. [36 CFR § 261.54(e)] 2. Going into or being upon an area closed for the protection of public health or safety. [36 CFR § 261.52(e)] 3. Being on a trail. [36 CFR § 261.55(a)] CLOSURE AREA: Starting at the confluence of Highway 138E and Rattlesnake Creek in T26S R2E Section 13, then following Rattlesnake Creek to its northernmost headwaters in T25 1/2 S R2E Section 35,...

Burned Area Report Summary Completed (Twentyfive Mile BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 8, 2021 - 4:22pm
The summary of the 2500-8, Burned Area Report, is complete and posted here. This summary is meant to inform the public of the results of the science assessment performed by the BAER team, the threats observed to critical values, and a brief discussion of potential

Twentyfive Mile Fire Closure Order #06-17-02-21-41 effective Oct.8, 2021 (Twentyfive Mile BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 8, 2021 - 4:20pm
 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE OKANOGAN-WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST CHELAN, WA  TWENTYFIVE MILE FIRE CLOSURE ORDER NO. 06-17-02-21-41 Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Chelan and Entiat Ranger Districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This Order supersedes Order #06-17-02-21-28, signed on September 8, 2021 by Kristin Bail, and is effective October 8 through December 31, 2021, unless rescinded earlier. PROHIBITIONS: 1.     Entering into or being upon National Forest System Lands, as described below and displayed on the attached map, Exhibit A [36 CFR § 261.53(e)]. 2.     Being on any National Forest System Road as described below and displayed on the attached map, Exhibit A [36 CFR § 261.54(e)]. 3.Being on any National Forest System Trail, as described below and displayed on the attached map, Exhibit A [36 CFR § 261.55(a)]. FIRE...

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