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Prescribed Fire operations planned in Chemult area (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 16, 2017 - 8:32am
CHEMULT, Ore. – The Fremont-Winema National Forest Chemult Ranger District plans to begin prescribed burning October 17 through November 1, conditions permitting. Approximately 500 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the Chemult Townsite Project area, located adjacent to the town of Chemult on Highway 97 and 400 acres in the Jack Unit area, located 13 miles east of Chemult, near Tea Table Mountain. An additional 700 acres are scheduled to be burned within the Cub Unit area, which is 25 miles southwest of Chemult, near Lookout Butte south of Highway 138. For more information, please contact Chemult Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ken Gregor at 541-365-7057 or Engine Captain Dave Varon at 559-202-7345. Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels (overgrown vegetation). They can help decrease the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease...

Miller Complex Fire Update 10/15/17 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 15, 2017 - 11:30am
Miller Complex Fire Update October 15, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. Acres: 39,284 Percent Contained: 86% Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 275 Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR. Fire Information: 541-838-0770 Email address: millercomplex2017@gmail.com The northeastern flank of the Abney Fire has continued to exhibit active fire behavior, with moderate flanking, backing, and single tree torching. Crews are utilizing all available options to limit spread and minimize impacts to private property in areas southeast of Elliott Creek Road. The fire has moved towards Forest Service Road 1065 but remains south of it at this time. Fire growth to the south of Dutch Creek has been minimal and remains north of the Pacific Crest Trail. Engine crews are being utilized to patrol roads and provide water to hotspots as they occur, and ground crews are building direct containment lines using the road...

BAER Team Releases Soil Burn Severity Maps (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 15, 2017 - 11:25am
BAER Team Releases Soil Burn Severity for Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain Fires WENATCHEE, WA The Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, led by Forest BAER Coordinator Molly Hanson and Greg Kuyumjian, has completed gathering data and field verifications on National Forest lands within the Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain Fires. The team’s soil burn severity maps for National Forest lands are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5633/# and on the Central Washington BAER website. The BAER team uses the maps to identify potential immediate threats to human life, health and safety, property, and natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands. Soil Burn Severity (SBS) refers to effects of fire on soil characteristics. These include the depth of char (a downward heat pulse into the soil), loss of organic matter through consumption of duff, litter, and fine roots, altered surface color, damage...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 15, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 15, 2017 - 8:47am
The Chetco Bar FaceBook page will no longer be utilized. Information will continue to be posted on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook page, the link can be found below. Fire officials will be flying the fire this afternoon to observe how this warm and dry weather has affected fire activity within the perimeter. Firefighters continue to extinguish hotspots along the FR240 Road where the fire is slowly backing down to the road. Tree fallers are working on the 1376 Road to clear it of all hazard trees that were identified in the Burned Area Emergency Response report. There are currently 4 road graders, with 2 additional in route, working to repair roads within the fire area. Fire officials would like to remind the public that road and area closures are in place for everyone’s safety. Please obey all closure orders and signs, as there are many hazards still in the fire area. The Japanese Bomb site remains closed as well. Weather: Clear skies and east winds are...

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Limitations (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 14, 2017 - 3:14pm
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Limitations While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires result in damage that requires special efforts to reduce impacts afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water run-off may increase and cause flooding, soil and rock may move downstream and damage property or fill reservoirs putting community water supplies and endangered species at-risk. 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 or cultural resources. BAER is an emergency program for stabilization work that involves time-critical activities to be completed before the first damaging storm event to meet program objectives.BAER Objectives: Determine whether imminent...

Three Phases of Wildfire Recovery (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 14, 2017 - 3:05pm
THREE PHASES OF WILDFIRE RECOVERY There are three phases of recovery following wildfires on federal lands: Fire Suppression Repair Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Long-Term Recovery and Restoration Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities and usually begins before the fire is contained, and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions to implement...

Forest Service BAER Program Overview (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 14, 2017 - 1:56pm
Forest Service BAER Program Overview 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 or cultural resources. BAER is an emergency program for stabilization work that involves time-critical activities to be completed before the first damaging storm event to meet program objectives: BAER Objectives: Determine whether imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands exist and take immediate actions, as appropriate, to manage the unacceptable risks. If emergency conditions are identified, mitigate significant threats to health, safety, human life, property and values-at-risk. Prescribe emergency response actions to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to...

Miller Complex Fire Update 10/14/17 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 14, 2017 - 12:43pm
Miller Complex Fire Update October 14, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. Acres: 39,284 Percent Contained: 86% Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 279 Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR. Fire Information: 541-838-0770 Email address: millercomplex2017@gmail.com A return to summer-like conditions is expected over the weekend and into next week. Eastern winds will contribute to a drying trend, producing much lower humidity recoveries overall. Warmer daytime temperatures, coupled with wind and poor overnight humidity recoveries, will lead to an increase in active fire behavior. Smoke production is also expected to increase as the Abney Fire responds to these trends over the next several days. Fire managers have made the decision to bring in a Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) due to the current warming and drying trend, the complexity of terrain in the fire area, and the unreliability of...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 14, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 14, 2017 - 11:28am
Today will be the last day the Chetco Bar FaceBook page will be utilized. Information will continue to be posted on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook page, the link can be found below. The fire continues to slowly back down to the FR240 Road. Firefighters are working to extinguish all hotspots along the road and remove any hazard trees in the area. Suppression repair is nearly complete while grading operations continue. Groups of specially trained tree fallers have begun work that was identified in the Burned Area Emergency Response report. Fire officials would like to remind the public that road and area closures are in place for everyone’s safety. Please obey all closure orders and signs as there are many hazards still in the fire area. The Japanese Bomb site remains closed as well. Weather: Clear skies and winds out of the east are expected to return to the fire area today. The strongest winds are expected today aiding in the low humidity’s that are predicted...

Forest Closure Order No. 06-15-00-17-384 dated Oct. 13, 2017 (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 6:17pm
The intent of this memorandum is to describe the need for a temporary closure of National Forest System (NFS) Roads, Trails, and Developed Recreation Sites and Areas on multiple districts. This Order supersedes Order No. 06-15-00-17-383 due to changing fire conditions and threats to public health and safety. AREA CLOSURE DESCRIPTIONS: Cougar Bluffs Closure: Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 138 and NFS Rd. No. 4711 (T26S, RI W, Sec 10); heading South on NFS Rd. No. 4711 to the junction of NFS Rd. No. 4711-550; heading West on NFS Rd. No. 4711-550 to the junction of the National Forest Boundary; following the National Forest Boundary North to the junction with Hwy 138; heading East on the Southern edge Hwy 138 to the junction with NFS Rd. No. 4711. All roads and trails within the closure boundary are closed. NFS Rd. No. 4711 and 4711-550 are open. Steamboat Closure: Beginning at the junction with NFS Rd. No. 38 (Steamboat Creek Rd.) and NFS Rd. No. 4760 (T25S, R l E, Section 26);...

Reduced Closure Area for Umpqua National Forest (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 6:15pm
Diminished Fire Activity Results in Forest Service Reopening Recreation Sites, Roads and Areas ROSEBURG, OR - October 13, 2017 – Just in time for predicted sunny weather, Forest Service officials are reopening several areas, roads, and recreation sites on the Umpqua National Forest. The areas remaining closed to public entry are essentially the footprint of the summer’s wildfires. The Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness is now open. All trails into the Wilderness are open except for two in the northeast portion: the Rattlesnake Way Trail #1497 and the short trail (#1453) to Mosquito Lake. Five trailheads remain closed: Rocky Ridge, Beaver Swamp, Fish Lake, Cougar Butte, and Abbott Butte. Forest Road 3702-500 at the northern tip of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness also remains closed. All roads on the Tiller Ranger District are now open for travel except Forest Road 68 and Forest Road 2840. Those two roads will remain closed until further notice. Boulder Flat and Island...

Umpqua National Forest Fire Closure -06-15-00-17-384 (Falcon Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 6:02pm
The intent of this memorandum is to describe the need for a temporary closure of National Forest System (NFS) Roads, Trails, and Developed Recreation Sites and Areas on multiple districts. This Order supersedes Order No. 06-15-00-17-383 due to changing fire conditions and threats to public health and safety. AREA CLOSURE DESCRIPTIONS: Cougar Bluffs Closure: Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 138 and NFS Rd. No. 4711 (T26S, RI W, Sec 10); heading South on NFS Rd. No. 4711 to the junction of NFS Rd. No. 4711-550; heading West on NFS Rd. No. 4711-550 to the junction of the National Forest Boundary; following the National Forest Boundary North to the junction with Hwy 138; heading East on the Southern edge Hwy 138 to the junction with NFS Rd. No. 4711. All roads and trails within the closure boundary are closed. NFS Rd. No. 4711 and 4711-550 are open. Steamboat Closure: Beginning at the junction with NFS Rd. No. 38 (Steamboat Creek Rd.) and NFS Rd. No. 4760 (T25S, R l E, Section 26);...

Reduced Closure Areas on Umpqua National Forest (Falcon Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
Diminished Fire Activity Results in Forest Service Reopening Recreation Sites, Roads and Areas ROSEBURG, OR - October 13, 2017 – Just in time for predicted sunny weather, Forest Service officials are reopening several areas, roads, and recreation sites on the Umpqua National Forest. The areas remaining closed to public entry are essentially the footprint of the summer’s wildfires. The Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness is now open. All trails into the Wilderness are open except for two in the northeast portion: the Rattlesnake Way Trail #1497 and the short trail (#1453) to Mosquito Lake. Five trailheads remain closed: Rocky Ridge, Beaver Swamp, Fish Lake, Cougar Butte, and Abbott Butte. Forest Road 3702-500 at the northern tip of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness also remains closed. All roads on the Tiller Ranger District are now open for travel except Forest Road 68 and Forest Road 2840. Those two roads will remain closed until further notice. Boulder Flat and Island...

BAER Assessment Presentation Now Available (Chetco Bar Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
On Thursday, October 12 the Burned Area Emergency Response team presented their assessment findings and recommendations at a public meeting held at the Chetco Community Library in Brookings. A PDF copy of the presentation is available here and a videotaped recording of the meeting will soon be available. Follow the U.S. Forest Service-Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Facebook page for future news and alerts regarding BAER implementation within the Chetco Bar Fire

Fall Prescribed Fires planned in Bly and Winter Rim Area (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 1:05pm
BLY, Ore. – Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed burning October 15 on the Bly, Paisley and Silver Lake Ranger Districts. Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels (overgrown vegetation). They can help decrease the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreak; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife habitat.Area residents and visitors may notice smoke on public lands in various areas during the next few months as part of the continued commitment to protect communities and natural resources from wildfires. Bly Ranger District: Approximately 500 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the West Spodue Project area, located 12 miles north of Beatty and just west of Spodue Mountain. An additional 300 acres are scheduled to be burned within the Long Project area, which is 15 miles east of the Bly, in the...

Eagle Creek Fire Information Hours Now 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 1:00pm
Effective Friday, October 13, 2017 Office hours for Eagle Creek Fire Information are now 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The fire information phone number remains the same and is 541-392-1632.

Prescribed Fire Information for Bly Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 10:16am
The Bly Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of October 8, 2017 as weather and air quality conditions permit. West Spodue – 500 acres of prescribed burning planned in this project, located approximately 12 miles north of Beatty, just west of Spodue Mountain. Long – 300 acres of prescribed burning is planned in this project, located 15 miles east of Bly in the Coleman Rim area. The prescribed fire activities will: Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forestsRemove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brushImprove firefighter safety during future wildfires For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the areaBe aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roadsBe mindful of fire personnel and increased vehicle traffic in the area For more information, please contact Bly Ranger District...

Prescribed Fire Information for Winter Rim Zone (Silver Lake and Paisley) (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 10:12am
The Winter Rim Zone of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of October 8, 2017 as weather conditions permit. Silver Lake Ranger District Coyote Units 10,11,13 – located west of Forest Service Road 27 near Coyote Creek, 25 miles southwest of Silver Lake; 800 acres of planned accomplishment. Paisley Ranger District Deuce Units 8,9,13 – located west of Forest Service Road 33 near Coffee Pot Flat, 14 miles southwest of Paisley; 500 acres of planned accomplishment The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush.Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities.Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the areaBe aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roadsIncreased fire personnel and vehicles in the area...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 13, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 13, 2017 - 8:25am
Wetting rain has dampened fire activity throughout the Chetco Bar Fire perimeter. Suppression repair has transitioned to a grading operation. Hand crews have finished seeding operations and placement of water bars along Forest Road 060, and chipping operations are complete along Forest Road 240. Funding has been approved for the Type 3 team, in conjunction with the Burned Area Emergency Response team assigned to the incident, to conduct emergency hazard tree removal within the fire perimeter. Forest Road 1376 (North Bank Chetco) has been designated as a priority for this removal, in order to provide for the safety of residents and private logging operations along this road. These operations will commence within the week. Firefighters continue to patrol, mop up, and complete suppression repair operations as needed throughout the perimeter. Weather and Fire Behavior: Rain showers will continue today through early Friday morning. Another round of showers is expected Friday evening....

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