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Cub Creek Fire Closure Order updated 11-30-2021 (Cub Creek 2 Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - December 1, 2021 - 2:33pm
Cub Creek 2 Fire Updated Closure Order on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

11.30.2021 News Release: Prescribed Fire Operations Update (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - December 1, 2021 - 9:00am
John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (November 30, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily. All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.   Wednesday, December 1, Blue Mountain fire crews will be burning hand piles along Highway 395 that were part of the Oregon Department of Transportation hazard tree removal.  Smoke will be visible near milepost 15.5.  Crews will continue to monitor the piles after ignitions for multiple days.  Please use caution when traveling in the area, watch for increased vehicle traffic.  Slow down in areas of smoke for safety.     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 may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place. Smoky conditions may also reduce visibility to a level that...

11.19.2021: News Release: Prescribed Fire Operations (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 19, 2021 - 11:38am
John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (November 19, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily. All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.  Emigrant Creek Ranger District has completed approximately 3850 acres of grapple piles.  Work was completed on a few landing piles in the Soldier project area this week.  Crews will be burning landing piles in the Soldier, TC, Fly and Wolf project areas for the remainder of this week and into next week.     Prairie City Ranger District has completed approximately 2800 acres of landing piles in Byar’s units. Work will continue for the remainder of the week in the Byar’s and Black Butte Fire areas.  Crews will be monitoring conditions in Elk 16 and Summit Project areas for continuation of pile burning in the upcoming weeks.  Blue Mountain Ranger District have completed 636 acres of hand piles, 398 acres of grapple piles and 4036.7 acres of landing piles for a...

Want to Start Bouldering on DNR Land? These Five Tips Will Help

WA DNR News - November 10, 2021 - 2:28pm

With the arrival of fall, many Washington climbers curse the rain that settles over the crags west of the Cascade Crest — but good climbing can still be had on the odd dry day or two. The cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn foliage make for good friction and a scenic day out.

If you’re looking to sneak in some days on the rock this fall and winter, there are many places to climb on DNR land, including some of the best bouldering western Washington has to offer.

The basics

For those who are brand new to climbing, first things first: what the heck is bouldering, anyway?

Bouldering is a distinct form of climbing. Boulderers don’t use a rope, relying on crash pads to break their falls, and they climb large boulders (shocking, I know) instead of cliffs. Most routes — which boulderers call “problems” — are between 10 ­­­­and 20 feet high.

Every boulder problem has a rating that tells you how difficult it is. In North America, the most common rating system is the V scale, which gets its name from boulderer John Sherman, one of the people who created the scale in the 1980s. Sherman’s friends nicknamed him “Vermin,” and the moniker was immortalized as the “V” that comes before each number grade on the scale. This scale starts at VB (for beginner), then goes from V0 to V17 — the grade for what is currently the hardest problem in the world. 

Bouldering is one of the fastest growing styles of climbing, and if you’re just getting into bouldering outdoors, these five simple tips should help you enjoy a fun and safe day out.

1) Know before you go

Doing a little bit of research before going to a new area will save you from many potential headaches.

Know where to park your vehicle and how to access the boulders, and download a map of the area before you leave home. The Avenza app gives you offline access to maps of DNR land, and the Mountain Project app can provide information on specific boulder problems.

It’s also worth doing some googling to see if where you’re going has cell reception, but when in doubt, it’s safer to assume you won’t have service. Not being able to find the crag because you didn’t do enough research and have no reception to figure out where to go is a real bummer (ask me how I know).

If you’re new to bouldering outdoors, consider going with someone more experienced who can give you pointers on things like pad placement, spotting, how to move on the rock and how to fall safely. There are also many classes and climb nights out there (including programs that are geared towards women and people of color) if you don’t know anyone who could mentor you.

2) Be prepared

While bouldering is one of the most casual kinds of climbing you can do outdoors, you should still be prepared in case things don’t go to plan.

Always bring the 10 essentials and anything else you would pack for a day in the woods.

One vital essential is a first-aid kit and knowing how to use it. Lower limb injuries are the most common way boulderers get hurt, so at the very least it’s a good idea to have the materials and knowledge to deal with a sprained ankle or broken bone.

Tell someone where you’re going and what time you’ll be back so first responders can find you more easily if you have an accident and aren’t able to call for help (a personal locator beacon like an InReach can let you get in touch with authorities in areas with no service).

The 10 essentials will prepare you well for any outdoor activity. 3) Boulder with a buddy

Some problems require a spotter — someone who can help direct your body to a crash pad — to keep you from hitting a rock or anything else that’d hurt to fall on.

Other problems might require multiple crash pads for a safe landing. When you go out with partners, everyone can bring one to create bigger landing zones.

Partners can also call for help, give you first aid if you’re injured and help you get back to your vehicle or the hospital if you need it. Plus, unless they’re total jerks, spending the day outside with your friends is just plain fun.  

Bouldering with a buddy keeps you safe and having fun. 4) Climb with the conditions you find

No one likes having their plans rained out, but given that we live in the Pacific Northwest, you can probably guess what I’m going to say next.

Keep an eye on the forecast and remember that the rock can take time to dry out after a storm. Many boulders are in wooded areas, and the lack of direct sunlight combined with dripping trees can keep things slippery well after the rain has stopped falling.

Overhanging problems may have stayed dry, but if the rock is still damp, use your best judgement in deciding whether to climb or not. Sometimes it’s just too slippery for bouldering to be fun or safe, so it’s good to have some nearby backup activities in mind so you can still enjoy a day outdoors.

5) Minimize your impact

As with any outdoor activity, take care to respect the land and other people’s ability to recreate on it.

Familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace principles if you haven’t already, keep to established trails, and pack out everything you pack in. Be aware of where you park so you’re not blocking roads or gates.

With the increasing popularity of climbing, more and more people are getting outside, so expect to make some new friends, especially on a nice day. Many bouldering areas are also near other outdoor recreation opportunities, and being courteous with other land users will go a long way toward improving everyone’s experiences.

Remember to pack out all your trash. Get out there

If you like to climb, bouldering can be a great way to take advantage of some dry weather during the fall and winter, and with the right know-how, you can be confident that you’ll enjoy a great day out on the rock.

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11.08.2021: Prescribed Fire Operations Update (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 8, 2021 - 10:30am
 John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (November 8, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily. All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.  Emigrant Creek Ranger District has completed over 3000 acres of grapple and hand pile burning in the MD, Mud, Tarzan, Wolf, Upper Pine and Dove units.  Approximately 2000 acres of landing piles have been completed in the Wolf and W2_URU units. This week crews will continue work on hand and grapple piles in MD, Wolf, Upper Pine, Dove and Flat units and landing piles in Wolf, Fly, Soldier and TC units. Prairie City Ranger District has completed 981 acres of grapple and hand piles in the Summit project area (Summit Prairie) and 346 acres of grapple and hand piles in the Elk 16 (Crane Prairie) project area.  Pile burning will continue this week in both project areas, along with landing piles and pile clean up in the Black Butte Fire.   Blue Mountain Ranger District has...

11.02.2021 News Release: Prescribed Fire Operations Update (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 2, 2021 - 10:07am
John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (November 2, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily. All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.  Emigrant Creek Ranger District will continue pile and landing pile burning through this week in Wolf, Upper Pine, Dove, Marshall Devine and Flat project areas. Prairie City Ranger District will be burning hand piles in the Elk 16 project area (Crane Prairie) and Summit project area (Summit Prairie) this week. Blue Mountain Ranger District will be burning grapple and landing piles in the Big Creek Mosquito project area in the Big Creek area for the remainder of the week.   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 may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place. Smoky conditions...

10.29.2021 Prescribed Fire Operations Update (Prescribed Fire Projects 2021 Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 29, 2021 - 1:58pm
 John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – (October 29, 2021) Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily. All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.   Emigrant Creek Ranger District completed approximately 1000 acres of hand and grapple piles in the Wolf and Tarzan Project areas with an estimated total of 1500 acres by the end of the week.  Approximately 1800 acres of landing piles completed in Wolf and W2_URU project areas with an estimated total 2400 acres completed by the end of the week.  Crews will be burning both grapple and landing piles in the Wolf, Mud, Dry, Upper Pine, Flat and possibly Marshal Devine units for the remainder of this week and into the coming week.     Prairie City Ranger District has completed about 200 acres of hand piles in the Dad’s Project Area and will continue to finish the remaining 40 acres before moving into the Summit Project area (Summit Prairie) and Elk 16 project area (Crane...

KMZ Data File Available for TwentyFive Mile Fire Soil Burn Severity (Twentyfive Mile BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 28, 2021 - 5:20pm
KMZ Data File Available for TwentyFive Mile Fire Soil Burn Severity: http://www.centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/2021/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/TwentyFiveMile_BurnSeverity-kmz-1.zip Reports Twentyfive Mile Fire Burned Area Summary [8-page PDF] Maps TwentyFive Mile Soil Burn Severity Map: Map available in JPG and PDF format   A KMZ file is also available to view the map in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ zip file, then double-click it to extract the KMZ file and save to your computer. Open the Google Earth program. [If you don’t already have Google Earth, you can download and install it for free HERE.]  Drag the KMZ file onto the Google Earth program icon or main screen (or in Google Earth, click File, Import and select the KMZ file). After the KMZ file loads,  you can zoom way in for more detail, change the angle of view, show or hide each burn severity level, and adjust transparency of levels. ...

KMZ Data File Available for Schneider Springs Fire Soil Burn Severity (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 28, 2021 - 4:59pm
KMZ Data File Available for Schneider Springs Fire Soil Burn Severity: ·       http://www.centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/2021/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/SchneiderSprings-SoilBurnSeverity-kmz.zip Map: Available in JPG and PDF format. A KMZ file is also available to view the map in greater detail in Google Earth  (and many other mapping programs):  Download the KMZ zip file, then double-click it to extract the KMZ file and save to your computer. Open the Google Earth program. [If you don’t already have Google Earth, you can download and install it for free HERE.]  Drag the KMZ file onto the Google Earth program icon or main screen (or in Google Earth, click File, Import and select the KMZ file). After the KMZ file loads, you can zoom way in for more detail, change the angle of view, show, or hide each burn severity level, and adjust transparency of levels.  Additional Information on Soil Burn Severity Levels: Low severity- These zones where...

Schneider Springs Post-Fire BAER Soil Burn Severity Map Released (Schneider Springs BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

InciWeb Articles WA - October 26, 2021 - 6:30pm
SCHNEIDER SPRINGS POST-FIRE BAER SOIL BURN SEVERITY MAP RELEASED       USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a multi-disciplinary team that assesses post-fire impacts on federal lands following significant wildfires. The role of the assessment team is to characterize fire effects within the burned area to identify imminent post-fire threats to human life, safety, property, infrastructure, and critical natural and cultural resources on National Forest System (NFS) lands and recommend emergency response actions designed to mitigate identified risks. After the assessment, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest land managers establish an organization to implement protective and stabilization treatments that will be approved by the Forest Service Regional and National offices.   The BAER team began their assessment immediately after the fire threat passed. Their focus was on direct effects to the burned landscape caused by the fire, rather than from fire...

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

Inciweb Articles OR - October 21, 2021 - 3:39pm
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 - October 21, 2021 - 8:48am
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...

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