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Eagle Creek Fire Contained, But Not Yet Out (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

November 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Following an official review of Eagle Creek Fire status on November 30, 2017, the fire has been declared 100% contained. The change reflects a determination made that the fire is not expected to grow beyond its perimeter, and is not the same as officially declaring the fire “out.” At this stage of the fire, no further growth is expected, but “fuels” (timber and other flammable natural materials) may still be smoldering within the fire perimeter. An incident commander with the U.S. Forest Service is still assigned to the fire and will continue to apprise the situation. Current personnel on the fire are focused on protecting public safety in the closed areas. The Eagle Creek Fire Closure, which includes numerous recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood National Forest, remains unchanged except for Multnomah Falls Lodge and front plaza, which opened yesterday. More information about the fire closure and post-fire response can be found on the...

Chetco Bar Fire Declared 100% Contained (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

November 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
Contact: Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051 SW Oregon—The Chetco Bar Fire has been declared 100% contained, effective November 2, 2017. The announcement comes as more wet weather moves into the southwest Oregon area, bringing rain and, at higher elevations, snow. Additionally, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has made documents related to the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) effort available to the public via the RRSNF’s website. People can now access both the full BAER report, and the Specialist Reports that informed that document. (The public should be aware that the Specialist Reports document is a 163-page PDF document, and may take some time to download on slower internet connections.) For up-to-date information regarding the Chetco Bar Fire BAER efforts, follow the RRSNF on Twitter and Facebook.

Fire crews continue to take advantage of prescribed burn opportunities (2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

October 30, 2017 - 9:00am
Officials on the northern portion of the Forest, Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts, may continue with prescribed burning operations later this week. Conditions, such as weather and potential smoke impacts will be monitored closely throughout the week. Active project areas include, on the Prairie City Ranger District, Axe, Punch, and Lunch, and Cup (Galena area) on the Blue Mountain Ranger District. Both districts will continue monitoring units ignited over the past couple weeks. On the southern portion of the Forest, Emigrant Creek Ranger District officials will work through prescribed burning of brush piles at campgrounds, and evaluate conditions for broadcast prescribed burning.

This Weekend: Persons Found w/in the Area Closure will be Issued Citations (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

October 27, 2017 - 9:18am
The fire area closure spans across the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood National Forest. There are perilous conditions that greatly compromise public safety within the closure area, such as debris flow, rock fall and land slides.The decision to maintain the area closure was not taken lightly. Forest administrators weighed many factors and concluded that it is necessary to protect the life and safety of the public and of firefighters and emergency responders, as hazards have not yet been mitigated. Our efforts to inform visitors regarding the fire area closure has spanned many weeks, and many warnings and citations have been issued. DUE TO CONTINUED BREACHES WITHIN THE AREA CLOSURE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL ISSUE CITATIONS TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS FOUND WITHIN THE AREA CLOSURE.Many trails no longer exist as we know them, and the possibility of getting lost or injured is very high. Please respect the area closure, and your life and safety as well as the...

Prescribed Fire Information - Chemult Ranger District (Pile Burning) (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

October 24, 2017 - 4:01pm
The Chemult Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of October 25th through December 31st as weather and air conditions permit. Pile Burning – 647 acres of prescribed pile burning planned, located approximately in various locations east of Highway 97, approximately 40 miles from Chemult. 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 and additional Forest Service traffic For more information, please contact Chemult Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ken Gregor at 541-365-7057,...

Prescribed Fire Information - Lakeview Ranger District (WEST DREWS AREA) (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

October 24, 2017 - 12:22pm
The Lakeview Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting October 26, 2017 as weather and air quality conditions permit. West Drews Units 8, 9, 15, 16 – located 5 miles west of Drews Valley in the Secret Valley area. 1,000 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 and additional Forest Service traffic For more information, please contact Lakeview Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Coley Neider at 541-219-2126 or Fire Information Officer Sarah Saarloos at...

Prescribed Fire Information - Chiloquin Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

October 24, 2017 - 12:19pm
The Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting October 26, 2017 as weather and air quality conditions permit. Ninemile Natural Fuels Units 1 & 3 (WUI) – located 5 miles east of Chiloquin south of milepost 5 on Sprague River Road near Corbell Butte. 265 acres of planned accomplishment.Ninemile Natural Fuels Unit 43 (WUI) – located 10-11 miles west of Chiloquin north of Sprague River Road between mileposts 11 and 13. 45 acres of planned accomplishment. Yosshouse Natural Fuels Units 1 & 9 – located 15-20 miles northeast of Chiloquin in the Yoss Ridge area. Unit 1 is adjacent to the “Kirk” or Forest Road 43. Units total approximately 75 acres of planned accomplishment. 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...

Eagle Creek Fire Video Update 10/24/17 (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

October 24, 2017 - 9:38am
Link: Eagle Creek Fire Update 10/24/17 with Loretta Duke, Incident CommanderTranscript: Hi I’m Loretta Duke. I’m currently the Eagle Creek IC and the last Eagle Creek IC in a long line of them. You know, the fire area, there isn’t a lot of burning going on, there’s some interior burning. There’s a lot of gravity hazards out there. Because it is such a steep hillside we regularly have debris flows that happen even before this fire happened. All the rock was being held together with moss and now that the moss isn’t there, that stuff is sliding down- even without rainfall, it’s sliding down constantly. Just driving through there, one of the crew vehicles last week damaged two tires, one of them completely flat. And the other one scarred the sidewall. Then the hazard trees, a lot of those trees are on a very steep slope and many of them are shallow rooted. They burned deep into the soil and those trees just fall over. And some of them fall over and because it’s on such a...

Prescribed Fire Information - Lakeview District BLM South Warners RX Unit (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

October 23, 2017 - 10:42am
PRESCRIBED FIRE NOTICE The Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management will begin prescribed fire operations starting the final week of October, weather conditions permitting. South Warner Rx – Located 16 miles East of Lakeview in the Big Valley/ Big Lake area. 3000 acres are expected to be treated. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments.Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities.Maintain, repair, and improve the integrity of sage brush steppe/bitterbrush habitats, low sagebrush habitats, and aspen stands.Provide grazing for cattle after treatment.Improve wildlife habitat such as sage grouse, mule deer, big horn sheep and pronghorn antelope. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area.Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads.Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Bureau of Land...

Prescribed Fire Information - Poker Jim Ridge (USFWS Sheldon/Hart) (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

October 23, 2017 - 10:22am
PRESCRIBED FIRE NOTICE The Sheldon/ Hart National Wildlife Refuge Complex will begin prescribed fire operations starting the final week of October, weather conditions permitting. Poker Jim Rx – Located 48 miles Northeast of Lakeview in the Poker Jim Spring/ Snyder Canyon area. 1500 acres are expected to be treated. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments.Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities.Maintain, repair, and improve the integrity of sage brush steppe/bitterbrush habitats, low sagebrush habitats, and aspen stands.Improve wildlife habitat such as sage grouse, mule deer, big horn sheep and pronghorn antelope. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area.Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads.Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional agency traffic. For more information, please...

Crews working to wrap up before winter weather has settled in. (2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

October 23, 2017 - 8:00am
With the weather forecast this week it is unlikely that there will be new ignition of pile units on the northern half of the forest. Emigrant Creek Ranger District is going to attempt ignitions in Curry project area today. You may continue to see smoke from pile units lit over the past couple weeks. If the forest were to proceed with lighting additional units, it would occur in areas where previous ignitions have occurred. This will be weather dependent.

Final Team 6 Update for Miller Complex 10-20-2017 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

October 20, 2017 - 1:59pm
The Miller Complex experienced significant rainfall on Thursday, with amounts ranging from 0.87 inches in Dutch Creek to 1.21 inches just south of the fire in California. Winds that peaked Wednesday night have gradually diminished but the rain is continuing today. Moderate to strong and gusty south winds will begin coming from the west-northwest this evening according to the National Weather Service. Locally heavy precipitation may occur this evening and tonight. Steep areas that have been burned severely could possibly experience debris flows. Snow level will remain around 4500 feet. Freezing temperatures will be experienced at the ridgetops all day; lower elevations will reach 45 degrees. Ridgetop winds will be WSW 10-20 mph with gusts 20-30 mph. Several crews and engines were demobilized today. Others were assigned to maintain a safety standby with a 2-hour call-back requirement as fire supervisors survey the effects of the storm on roads, fire-damaged trees, and the (previously)...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 20, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

October 20, 2017 - 10:53am
This will be the last daily update for the Chetco Bar Fire. Updates will be produced as significant events occur and be available online. The entire fire area received over an inch and a half of rain by the evening of 10/19 with more forecasted through the weekend. The rain will help to extinguish the remaining areas of heat scattered within the perimeter of the fire. However, fire officials will continue to monitor the fire closely as the thick canopy in some areas could shelter heat sources allowing them to pop back up when the area begins to dry out. Firefighters and equipment are returning to the field after a day of standing down for safety concerns due to the weather. They will resume work grading roads, finalizing suppression repair work, removing additional hazard trees brought down by high winds, and implementing Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) projects.Fire personnel will monitor the FR240 Road for any potential hotspots. Traveling through and working in the fire...

Final Summary BAER Findings from 10/10/17 (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

October 19, 2017 - 4:01pm
Please see the PDF attached (to the right) to view the final summary of Burned Area Emergency Response findings.

Miller Complex Update 10-19-2017 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

October 19, 2017 - 12:09pm
Limited suppression action will be taken on the Abney Fire today as heavy winds and rain are anticipated. The ridgetops of the Siskiyou Mountains were buffeted by winds of 55 mph during the night, and fire officials decided to send resources only to areas where there is quick access to paved roads at lower elevations to avoid falling trees and rain-slickened roads. Some quick winterization projects will be taken care of early this morning at higher elevations to beat the snow, such as temporarily draining and covering or removing pumps. Though winds have diminished this morning, helicopters have been unable to complete missions due to atmospheric turbulence. Weather forecasters call for rain beginning by about 1:00 pm this afternoon with nearly 8/10’s of an inch falling in the first 12 hours and up to 3 inches of snow beginning to fall at the 4000-foot level and higher during the night. On Wednesday, after days of keeping the fire above the 1065 Road at the eastern edge of the...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 19, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

October 19, 2017 - 9:25am
Today’s forecast is calling for up to .5 inches of rain an hour and strong gusty winds over the entire fire area. For safety reasons, firefighters and equipment will not be going into the field unless absolutely necessary. All personnel will be on call in case the storm does not develop or produce what is predicted, however, the peak of the storm is forecasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traveling through and working in the fire area during periods of high winds and heavy rains is especially dangerous with the weakened and potentially burnt tree root systems. There is also an increased possibility for land or mud slides where hillsides were burnt and the dirt is no longer secured by vegetation. Fire officials urge the public to stay out of all areas within the Forest closure, many hazards still exist and more will likely be created by the incoming weather. A link to the full closure order and map is below. An infrared flight was flown over the fire area late Tuesday night, which...

Weather and Safety Advisory for 10/18 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

October 18, 2017 - 7:15pm
Due to tomorrows forecast of up too .5 inches of rain an hour and strong gusty winds over the #ChetcoBarFire area, firefighters and equipment will not be going into the field. All personnel will be on call in case the storm does not develop or produce what is predicted, however, the peak of the storm is forecasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traveling through and working in the fire area during periods of high winds and heavy rains is especially dangerous with the weakened and potentially burnt tree root systems. There is also an increased possibility for land or mud slides where hillsides were burnt and the dirt is no longer secured by vegetation. Fire officials urge the public to stay out of all areas within the Forest closure, many hazards still exist and more may be created by the incoming weather. For the full closure order and map, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.

Miller Complex 10-18-2017 Update (Miller Complex Wildfire)

October 18, 2017 - 11:55am
Rain is coming; but first the Abney Fire area will experience some strong southwest winds. The Medford office of the National Weather Service said that today will be the last dry, warm day before the coming wet weather. It also said ridges in the fire area will experience south to southwest winds increasing to 8-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon. Ridge winds after midnight tonight will be from the southwest at 10-20 mph with gusts to 35-40 mph. Possibly more than an inch of accumulated rainfall will begin falling around noon on Thursday and continue on and off into the weekend. The forecast calls for a warming and drying trend to begin Sunday or Monday. Firefighters are continuing the suppression effort today while making plans to avoid dangerous areas when the wind and rain commence. Fire-weakened trees may fall, debris slides may occur, a low-water crossing used by most of the fire-fighting resources may become unusable. Roads will be extra slippery because of the mica...

Chetco Bar Fire Update October 18, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

October 18, 2017 - 9:16am
The Chetco Bar Fire transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 organization this morning at 7:00 a.m. After a day of working closely together to ensure a smooth transition, Type 3 Incident Commander, Kris Schroeder, handed command of the fire to Type 4 Incident Commander, Rich Reneau. All pertinent field personnel and equipment will remain in place and continue to mop up and monitor the fire closely, work on the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) identified projects, grade roads, and finalize any remaining suppression repair work. Fire officials flew the fire yesterday and observed minimal fire behavior. The Wheeler Creek drainage was producing some smoke from leaf fueled smoldering ground fire and one small smoke in the Mt. Emily area was seen. Today, firefighters will work to extinguish areas of heat and remove hazard trees in the Wheeler Creek drainage, along the FR240 Road. Six road graders continue working to repair roads within the fire area. Safety Fire officials would...

Miller Complex Update 10-17-2017 (Miller Complex Wildfire)

October 17, 2017 - 12:22pm
Firefighters held the fire in check at the 1065 Road on the east end of the Abney Fire on Monday despite rocks and other debris falling across the roadbed at times. The fire in this area is lined, hose is in place, and pumps are operating. A burnout operation will possibly be conducted today in order to fully tie the fire into the 1065 Road. Crews are beginning installation of a debris fence in critical locations along the road. Contingency plans are being made for preparing backup fire breaks in the event the 1065 Road doesn’t hold. Also on the eastern end of the Abney Fire on Monday, crews worked with a dozer on private land to construct a line that would hold the fire west of Scraggy Mountain. Work will proceed today to add portable tanks and hoses to the line to improve its effectiveness. Further to the east, near White Mountain on the southern flank, the fire remained active, yet fire spread was minimal. Air resources will be utilized today to keep the fire in check in the...

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