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Chetco Bar Fire Update October 9th, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 9, 2017 - 8:26am
Two twenty person hand crews, support engines, and a chipper have been deployed along the 240 and 1205 roads to mop up the remaining fire within the Wheeler Creek area. Data from an infrared flight late Saturday night revealed a pocket of dispersed heat in this area, caused by a low intensity ground fire that has been creeping and smoldering in the thick leaf litter on the forest floor. The flight also revealed that the remaining instances of isolated heat are all located well within the interior of the fire area. Grading, repair, and seeding operations are ongoing throughout the perimeter. Chipping operations have finished along the 1205 Road. Seeding, mulching, and mop up continues along the 240 Road near Mt. Emily. Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mopping up any areas of concern and completing suppression repair as needed. Weather and Fire Behavior: Winds shifted from north to northeast and then east through Sunday night, with humidities dropping throughout the...

Daily Update For Monday Oct 9th 2017 (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 9, 2017 - 6:56am
Umpqua North Complex Fact Sheet Update October 9th, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. Fire Information: 541-378-6944 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) Inciweb address: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov Start Date: August 11, 2017 Cause: Lightning Fuels: Timber, forest litter, grass & shrubs Acres: 43,158 Percent Completed: 79% Current Situation: The mitigation of snags and hazard trees along HWY 138 in between MP 46-51 (Illahee Flats) is scheduled to resume today and be completed at the end of shift on Tuesday October 10th, 2017. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will provide traffic control and pilot car escort along the corridor from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm each day. Fire suppression repair continues with hazard tree mitigation within the Fall Creek Fire area. On the 4711/550, 4770, 4760 and the 28 Roads snagging/hazard tree falling and clearing efforts continue. Last Saturday members of the Umpqua National Forest Fire Crew entered the area and began flagging hazard trees in advance of a team of...

Eagle Creak Fire Daily Update 10/08/17 (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2017 - 12:22pm
Daily UpdateEagle Creek Fire October 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com Approximate Fire Size: 48,831 acres Approximate Fire Containment: 50% Summary: Fire suppression repair continues today, with most of the work concentrated on the west side of the fire. This work includes road grading and repair, chipping, and fire line repair. The Oregon Department of Transportation is ramping up repair work on Historic Highway 30, addressing road slumps, small slides, and many trees that have burned and are prone to falling on the highway. A large amount of work needs to be completed before the highway is safe to open. There is no estimated timeline for reopening Highway 30 and lifting the area closure. Rain showers will taper off today, giving way to warmer and dryer conditions in the fire area. Another cold front will arrive by Tuesday, bringing cooler weather and increased precipitation, which will persist into next week...

Miller Complex Fire Update 10/8/17 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2017 - 11:50am
Miller Complex Fire Update October 8, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. Acres: 37,908 Percent Contained: 87% Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 220 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 Abney Fire remained active Saturday evening through Sunday morning, igniting a spot fire near the main fire’s eastern flank. Crews today will focus on lining the isolated spot, while continuing to work on limiting overall growth in the Dutch Creek area. The fire has exhibited backing, smoldering, and single-tree torching in a mixed conifer understory with a predominance of Shasta Red Fir and a large number of snags. Fire managers are using all available resources to prevent additional spread. As air quality allows, helicopters will drop water on the spot fire and monitor for additional hotspots along the fire’s eastern edge....

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 8th, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2017 - 9:23am
Over the next several days, two twenty person hand crews, support engines, and a chipper will be working along the 240 and 1205 roads to mop up the remaining fire in the Wheeler Creek area, where a low intensity ground fire has been creeping and smoldering in the thick leaf litter on the forest floor. Data from an infrared flight late last night revealed a small pocket of dispersed heat in this area. The flight also revealed that the remaining instances of isolated heat are all located well within the interior of the fire area. Grading, repair, and seeding operations are ongoing throughout the perimeter. Crews have completed grading operations along Forest Road 070 near Mt. Emily, and firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mopping up any areas of concern and completing suppression repair as needed. Weather and Fire Behavior: Humidity recovery Sunday evening will be moderate with a period of gusting northerly winds, which will lower relative humidity overnight. Winds...

Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire Update for Sunday, Oct. 8 (Horse Creek Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2017 - 8:47am
Update for Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, 9 a.m. Fire Information: (541) 719-8371 Online: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5523/ https://www.facebook.com/WillametteWildfires2017/ Willamettewildfires2017@gmail.com Current Situation: Saturday saw a transition from the McKenzie River Type 3 Team managing the Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire to a smaller organization overseen by the McKenzie River Ranger District. The last of the suppression repair work for the Separation, Avenue, and Rebel fires is nearly complete. Seeding is being done on repaired dozer and hand lines on the fires. Grading work continues on Forest Roads. Repair work is being completed on control lines in the Foley Springs area. Crews continue repair work on the Rebel Fire. Attention: Visitors to reopened lands may encounter areas burned by recent and past wildfires and need to be aware of their surroundings as trees can fall without warning. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious on all Forest Roads because of ongoing...

Daily update for Sunday Oct 8th 2017 (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 8, 2017 - 6:55am
Umpqua North Complex Fact Sheet Update October 8th, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. Fire Information: 541-378-6944 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) Inciweb address: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov Start Date: August 11, 2017 Cause: Lightning Fuels: Timber, forest litter, grass & shrubs Acres: 43,158 Percent Completed: 79% Current Situation: Fire suppression repair continues with hazard tree mitigation within the Fall Creek Fire area. On the 4711/550, 4770, 4760 and the 28 Roads snagging/hazard tree falling and clearing efforts continue. Last Saturday members of the Umpqua National Forest Fire Crew entered the area and began flagging hazard trees in advance of a team of now 23 local area contract Fallers under the supervision of a Falling Boss and a Safety Officer. The Task Force which includes a Fire-Line Paramedic for crew safety along with a Skidder to clear the dropped trees off of the road is making slow but steady progress. On Forest Road 3811 & 3817, the Horizontal Grinder (Tub Grinder) has been...

Burned Area Emergency Response Update - Eagle Creek Fire 2017 (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 6:22pm
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA Burned Area Emergency Response Update – Eagle Creek Fire Final Eagle Creek BAER Update October 7, 2017 Hood River, Oregon – On October 5 and 6 the BAER Team made presentations to local and regional US Forest Service staff, cooperating agencies, and the news media about the preliminary recommendations for the Eagle Creek Fire emergency treatments. They explained the processes used to collect data about the burn severity, modeling results, and likely hazards to “Values at Risk”. The collection of field data was limited due to the lack of access to large parts of the burned area due to hazardous conditions including falling trees and rocks. While the Columbia River Gorge has many areas that are naturally unstable, with a long history of repeated debris flows and rock falls, modeling results show that the Eagle Creek Fire has increased these risks. A main threat from the fire is debris flows. About fifteen percent of the fire...

Miller Complex Fire Update 10/7/17 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 11:53am
Miller Complex Fire UpdateOctober 7, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. Acres: 37,702 Percent Contained: 87% Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 220 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 Abney Fire has continued to respond to warm and dry weather, remaining active in the Dutch Creek area over the past week. Fire managers are focused on limiting fire growth east of Dutch Creek using direct and indirect tactics. Yesterday, multiple crews were involved in firing operations in order to eliminate unburnt fuels between the eastern flank of the fire and existing roads. Two helicopters are currently assigned to the fire and are coordinating with crews to drop water on hot spots and limit further growth to the north and east. Fire managers are utilizing daily reconnaissance flights to monitor fire behavior and growth in real...

Closure Orders for the McKenzie River Ranger District effective Oct. 6 (Horse Creek Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 9:36am
McKenzie River Ranger District, Horse Creek Complex Fires The Willamette National Forest has issued a new Closure Order Effective Oct. 6, 2017. The official order and map are attached to the this article and can be read by clicking on the link. (Avenue, Rebel, Olallie Lookout, Separation, Roney, and Nash Fires) The following modifications to the Horse Creek closure area will be effective Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m. · Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) will reopen from Highway 126 south to Cougar Crossing Campground at the south end of Cougar Reservoir. From there the road will remain closed south to Frissell Crossing Campground. The public will have access to Terwilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs; however, recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of Road 19 will remain inaccessible. · The following Forest Service Roads (FSR) will reopen: FSR 2638 (Horse Creek) and FSR 1993 (East Fork And Wapiti) · Trails in the southern portion of the...

Eagle Creek Fire Daily Update 10/07/17 (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 9:33am
Daily Update Eagle Creek Fire October 7, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com Approximate Fire Size: 48,831 acres Approximate Fire Containment: 47% Summary:Fire suppression repair continues today. Crews and heavy equipment are involved in chipping operations taking place primarily on the western side of the fire and grading and repairing roads. A cold front entered the area today, bringing precipitation and within the fire area. Gusty west winds and intermittent showers are expected through Saturday before giving way once again to a warmer, dryer start to next week. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has released the Eagle Creek Fire Burned Soil Severity map and preliminary findings. BAER Team members and other fire personnel have continued to report falling rocks and debris dislodging within the fire closure area. The area closure is in place in order to protect firefighters, the public, and emergency responders from...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 7th, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 9:32am
The Chetco Bar Fire remains 98% contained with a few isolated areas of light to moderate fire activity. The recent warming and drying trend has caused backing, creeping, and smoldering in an area of concern within the Wheeler Creek drainage. Fire personnel scouted the area yesterday and observed minimal fire behavior but heavy smoke due to thick leaf litter on the forest floor. This area is currently well within the containment line but with hot and dry weather fire personnel are developing plans for taking action both in the air and on the ground. Crews have finished chipping operations along the northwest perimeter and south of the Chetco River. Grading and seeding operations along Forest Road 070 near Mt. Emily will continue for the next few days.Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mop-up any potential areas of heat, and work on suppression repair.Weather and Fire Behavior: A weak cold front will push through the area, bringing increased winds and scattered showers...

Horse Creek Complex and Rebel Fire Update for Saturday, Oct. 7 (Horse Creek Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 8:56am
Update for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 9 a.m. Fire Information: (541) 719-8371 Online: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5523/ https://www.facebook.com/WillametteWildfires2017/ Willamettewildfires2017@gmail.com Attention: The removal of hazardous trees on Forest Service Road 19 is complete and there is no longer a need to keep the northern portion of the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (FSR 19) closed. This will allow access to Tewilliger “Cougar” Hot Springs. FSR 19 will remain closed from Cougar Crossing to Frissell Crossing as crews complete repair work in that area of the Rebel Fire. Recreation sites and trailheads along the closed portion of FSR 19 will remain inaccessible. Areas, roads and trails in the McKenzie River Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest are open. The trails in the southern portion of the Mount Washington Wilderness have reopened. Horse Creek Road, FSR 2638 is open along with East Fork and Wapiti, FSR 1993. The Three Sisters Wilderness area in the...

Revised Closure Order (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 7:31am
A revised set of closures for the Umpqua National Forest has been released and is effective immediately. Forest Road 38 (Steamboat Road) is open to public travel. Forest Roads 3816 and 3810 are also reopened to the public. The burned area between Forest Road 38 and Highway 138 remains closed to entry....Forest Road 4720 (Panther Creek Road) is open from its junction with Forest Road 4714 about a half-mile southwest of Apple Creek Campground and State Highway 138 (milepost 43.6).Forest Road 34 (Toketee Road) and Forest Roads 3400-100 and 3400-072 are open to the public.The area east of the Boulder Creek Trail No. 1552 within the Boulder Creek Wilderness is open to public entry with the exception of the Bradley Trail No. 1491 and the Soda Springs Trail No. 1493, which remain closed.Two well-known roads through the burned area remain closed: Forest Road 4750 (Calf Road) and northern portion of Forest Road 28 (Copeland Creek Road). Roads along Rough Creek and around Skookum Lake in the...

Daily update for Saturday Oct 7th 2017 (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 7, 2017 - 7:21am
Umpqua North Complex Fact Sheet Update October 7th, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. Fire Information: 541-378-6944 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) Inciweb address: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov Start Date: August 11, 2017 Cause: Lightning Fuels: Timber, forest litter, grass & shrubs Acres: 43,158 Percent Completed: 79% Current Situation: Fire suppression repair continues with hazard tree mitigation within the Fall Creek Fire area. On the 4711/550, 4770, 4760 and the 28 Roads snagging/hazard tree falling and clearing efforts continue. Last Saturday members of the Umpqua National Forest Fire Crew entered the area and began flagging hazard trees in advance of a team of now 11 local area contract Fallers under the supervision of a Falling Boss and a Safety Officer. The Task Force which includes a Fire-Line Paramedic for crew safety along with a Skidder to clear the dropped trees off of the road is making slow but steady progress. On Forest Road 3811 & 3817, the Horizontal Grinder (Tub Grinder) has been...

Closure Order 06-15-00-17-383 Umpqua National Forest (Falcon Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 6, 2017 - 8:01pm
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREFOREST SERVICEUMPQUA NATIONAL FORESTRoseburg, ORORDER NO. 06-15-00-17-383Emergency Fire ClosurePursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited upon roads, trails, developed recreation sites, rivers and general forest areas in the Umpqua National Forest as described below and shown in Exhibit A. This Order will be effective beginning onOctober 6, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017.PROHIBITIONS:1. Being upon a closed road. [36 CFR § 261.54 (e)]2. Going into or being upon a closed area. [36 CFR § 261.52 (e)]3. Being on a trail. [36 CFR § 261.55(a)]4. Entering or using a developed recreation site or portion thereof. [36 CFR § 261.58(b)]AREA CLOSURE DESCRIPTIONS:Cougar Bluffs Closure:Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 138 and Trail No. 1507 (T26S, R1W, Sec 10); heading South on Trail No. 1507 to the junction of Trail No. 1525; heading South on 1525 to the junction of NFS Rd. 4711-630; heading South on...

Closures Reduced on the Umpqua National Forest (Falcon Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 6, 2017 - 7:32pm
Fire-Related Closures Reduced on the Umpqua National ForestMultiple Roads and Areas Formerly Closed for Fire Suppression are Now OpenROSEBURG, OR- October 6, 2017 – A revised set of closures for the Umpqua National Forest was released, effective October 6, 2017.Forest Road 38 (Steamboat Road) is open to public travel. Forest Roads 3816 and 3810 are also reopened to the public. The burned area between Forest Road 38 and Highway 138 remains closed to entry.Forest Road 4720 (Panther Creek Road) is open from its junction with Forest Road 4714 about a half-mile southwest of Apple Creek Campground and State Highway 138 (milepost 43.6).Forest Road 34 (Toketee Road) and Forest Roads 3400-100 and 3400-072 are open to the public.The area east of the Boulder Creek Trail No. 1552 within the Boulder Creek Wilderness is open to public entry with the exception of the Bradley Trail No. 1491 and the Soda Springs Trail No. 1493, which remain closed.Two well-known roads through the burned area remain...

New Closure ORDER NO. 06-15-00-17-383 (Umpqua North Complex Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 6, 2017 - 6:45pm
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST Roseburg, OR ORDER NO. 06-15-00-17-383 Emergency Fire Closure Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited upon roads, trails, developed recreation sites, rivers and general forest areas in the Umpqua National Forest as described below and shown in Exhibit A. This Order will be effective beginning on October 6, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017. PROHIBITIONS: 1. Being upon a closed road. [36 CFR § 261.54 (e)] 2. Going into or being upon a closed area. [36 CFR § 261.52 (e)] 3. Being on a trail. [36 CFR § 261.55(a)] 4. Entering or using a developed recreation site or portion thereof. [36 CFR § 261.58(b)] AREA CLOSURE DESCRIPTIONS: Cougar Bluffs Closure: Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 138 and Trail No. 1507 (T26S, R1W, Sec 10); heading South on Trail No. 1507 to the junction of Trail No. 1525; heading South on 1525 to the junction of NFS Rd. 4711- 630;...

Willamette Fire Closures Update October 6, 2017 (Jones Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 6, 2017 - 5:40pm
Willamette National Forest Fire Closure Update for October 6, 2017Some Trails, Roads to Reopen (Springfield, OR) As fire crews transition from active fire suppression, firefighters are working diligently to repair impacts to the land and mitigate hazards to make roads and trails safe again. Recent successes with ongoing suppression repair work have enabled several closures to be modified, providing greater public access to forest lands. Visitors to reopened lands may encounter areas burned by recent and past wildfires and are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings as trees can fall without warning. Detroit Ranger District, Whitewater Complex FiresThe closure areas for Whitewater and Scorpion Fires have been replaced with specific road and trail closures. Some trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness have reopened. However, the following trails and roads will likely remain closed until spring due to repair needs and public safety concerns:Trails Closed• Cheat Creek Trail...

Willamette National Forest Fire Closure Update for October 6, 2017 (Jones Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 6, 2017 - 5:32pm
Willamette National Forest Fire Closure Update for October 6, 2017Some Trails, Roads to Reopen (Springfield, OR) As fire crews transition from active fire suppression, firefighters are working diligently to repair impacts to the land and mitigate hazards to make roads and trails safe again. Recent successes with ongoing suppression repair work have enabled several closures to be modified, providing greater public access to forest lands. Visitors to reopened lands may encounter areas burned by recent and past wildfires and are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings as trees can fall without warning. Detroit Ranger District, Whitewater Complex FiresThe closure areas for Whitewater and Scorpion Fires have been replaced with specific road and trail closures. Some trails in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness have reopened. However, the following trails and roads will likely remain closed until spring due to repair needs and public safety concerns:Trails Closed• Cheat Creek Trail...

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