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2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

5 hours 36 min ago
Malheur National Forest fire officials are monitoring conditions on the Forest and preparing to implement the fall prescribed fire program. Prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, refer to the planned and controlled use of fire by a team of highly skilled fire managers under specific conditions. During the spring and early summer months, the Forest has a number of planning units, ranging in size from 150 acres up to 4000 acres, scheduled for prescribed fire operations. Prescribed fires are conducted within specific parameters including temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture, and wind speed. Implementation is dependent upon these and other necessary conditions. Should conditions allow, crews may start operations on some smaller units as early as Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Wallowa-Whitman Spring Prescribed Burns (Prescribed Fire)

April 11, 2019 - 11:40am
As warmer and drier weather takes hold in Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is ready to begin spring prescribed burning to reduce hazardous fuels on up to 10,000 acres of the National Forest. National Forest managers have been successfully conducting prescribed burning operations for fuel reduction for more than 35 years, and in the last five years, the forest has increased prescribed burning by 20 percent. Because fire seasons are getting longer and hotter, using prescribed fire during cooler months is increasingly important to reduce the risk of large and destructive wildfires during the hotter months. In addition to reducing wildfire risk, prescribed fire also improves overall forest health and resilience to insects and diseases, and enhances habitat for elk, deer, and other wildlife. “By getting good fire back into the forest, we’re protecting communities while restoring and sustaining the land,” forest Fuels Program Manager Steve Hawkins said. “We...

Miles Fire BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response)

September 14, 2018 - 1:52pm
Miles Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assembled Sept. 10 and began its assessment of the Miles, Columbus, and Snow Shoe fires burn scars. It is under the direction of Joe Blanchard, watershed program manager for the Umpqua National Forest and Claire Campbell, soil scientist for the Lolo National Forest. The team is surveying the burned areas to determine if emergency treatments are warranted. They are looking at potential safety risks to the public and Forest Service personnel as well as natural and cultural resource damage from post-fire rain events. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned area to determine the potential for increased post-fire flooding, debris flows, and rock slides. They will also assess the potential for spread of noxious weeds and public safety along trails and roads. The BAER team will analyze the data they collect during the surveys, to produce a “Soil Burn Severity” map. This is the first step in assessing potential...

Ramsey Canyon (Wildfire)

August 23, 2018 - 11:06am
The Ramsey Canyon Fire started on August 22, 2018. This fire is burning approximately 10 miles northwest of Eagle Point, Oregon. The Ramsey Canyon Fire is burning in steep terrain and dense vegetation, in the same location as the 1994 Hull Mountain Fire. Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2 and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Green Team will be in Unified Command of the incident. The two IMTs will assume command of the incident at 2:00 p.m. on August 23rd.

Jennie's Peak (Wildfire)

August 21, 2018 - 1:39pm
The Jennie’s Peak Fire started on August 17, 2018 after lightning passed through the area. The fire is located 14 miles south of Fossil, OR and is burning on BLM and private lands. Public and firefighter safety is the primary objective. Evacuations of campgrounds and residences along the John Day River are in place. Northwest Incident Management Team 7 has been delegated the authority by Bureau of Land Management, Prineville District and Oregon Department of Forestry to manage the Jennie’s Peak Fire. Smoky conditions may continue to affect communities in the region. For smoke information, go to:

Stubblefield Fires (Wildfire)

August 21, 2018 - 12:42pm
The Stubblefield Fires include three fires surrounding the community of Condon, Oregon. The fires include the Stubblefield, Seale, and Lonerock Fires. The fires were detected after lightning passed through the area on August 16 and 17. The fires are burning on private and BLM managed lands, approximately 50 miles southeast of The Dalles, Oregon. There are numerous structures threatened and, as of today, the fires are being managed under Unified Command with Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team and Northwest Incident Management Team 7. Smoky conditions may continue to affect communities in the region. For information about how to deal with smoky conditions, go to: Fire preparedness is at the highest level, PL 5, both regionally and nationally. Fire resources are shared and limited due to the number of large fire incidents across the western U.S.

Terwilliger Fire (Wildfire)

August 20, 2018 - 10:13am
Crews Responding to Fire near Terwilliger Hot Springs Blue River, OR, August 19, 2018 – Firefighting resources, including engines and aircraft, from the Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry are responding to a new fire recently reported on the McKenzie River Ranger District, Willamette National Forest. The fire is estimated to be around 110 acres, approximately 4 miles south of Highway 126 on Aufderheide Scenic Highway, Forest Service Road 19, in the area of Terwilliger Hot Springs. Visitors are advised to avoid the area. Conditions are exceptionally dry causing the fire to grow quickly. “Forest conditions are very receptive to fire starts and growth right now,” said Darren Cross, District Ranger. “As a reminder, all campfires outside designated campgrounds within the Willamette National Forest are banned. Please remain vigilant with fire prevention efforts.” Smoke from this fire may be visible from the communities of McKenzie Bridge, Rainbow and...

Watson Creek Fire (Wildfire)

August 18, 2018 - 11:12am
The Watson Creek Fire is currently burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. It was discovered Wednesday, August 15 at 2:15 p.m. The fire is currently burning in heavy fuels, primarily dead and down lodge pole

Miles Fire (Wildfire)

August 8, 2018 - 11:24am
The Miles Fire is the new incident for the former Sugar Pine and South Umpqua Complex Fires. The Sugar Pine and South Umpqua Complex Fires have combined, and those pages will no longer be maintained. The Miles Fire will have all current information.On Sunday July 15, lightning started hundreds of fires across Southwest Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Local Fire Districts, Tribal and Crater Lake National Park firefighting resources have been coordinating efforts to control the fires. Although many fires have already been contained, others continue to be fought.On August 5th, Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team, Doug Turman Incident Commander, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Joe Hessel Incident Commander, and Oregon State Fire Marshal Team Red, Ian YOCUM Incident Commander entered into unified command of the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires, which is now known as the Miles

South Valley Fire (Wildfire)

August 2, 2018 - 12:39pm
The South Valley Fire was reported Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., burning in ponderosa pine, oak, and wheat, southwest of Dufur, Oregon on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands. Dry fuels and steady winds have contributed to the fire’s spread. It is currently estimated at 10,000 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Taylor Creek (Wildfire)

July 29, 2018 - 9:25pm
The Taylor Creek Fire was started by lightning on July 15, 2018 near Grants Pass, Oregon. Transfer of command of the fire from the Incident Management Team from the Oregon Department of Forestry to the Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2 will happen July 30, 2018. Over 2,600 firefighters and support personnel are working to contain the fire and protect structures in the impacted areas.Cooperating agencies include the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Josephine County Sheriff, Jackson County Sheriff, Josephine County Emergency Management, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Umpqua National Forest, and the American Red

Long Hollow (Wildfire)

July 27, 2018 - 9:28am
A grass fire southeast of Dufur, Ore. first reported yesterday around 4:30 pm quickly spread yesterday afternoon and evening. As of 8 am on July 27, the fire size is estimated at 16,000 acres. It’s now called the Long Hollow Fire.BLM and Forest Service firefighters spent yesterday afternoon and evening fighting the fire alongside Wasco County and local rangeland fire protection association firefighters. The effort included 2 single engine air tankers, 3 heavy air tankers, 2 helicopters, and five engines, among other

Wilson Prairie Fire (Wildfire)

July 25, 2018 - 10:27am
The Wilson Prairie Fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon burning on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands within the Morrow County. The fire is located approximately twenty-three miles southwest of Heppner, Oregon. Currently the fire is estimated at 700 acres, burning in grass, brush, and timber within the Umatilla National Forest and on ODF protected lands. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Bull Prairie Reservoir and Campground have been evacuated and are currently

Klondike Fire (Wildfire)

July 23, 2018 - 3:55pm
Management of the Klondike and Natchez fires was transferred to Pacific Northwest Team 3 at 6 a.m. this morning. Fire managers will continue to utilize available resources and tactics to suppress both fires while minimizing risk to the public and

Timber Crater 6 Fire (Wildfire)

July 20, 2018 - 6:29pm
The Timber Crater 6 Fire is actively burning in mixed conifer in the remote northeast corner of Crater Lake National Park. This is one of several fires ignited by lightning in and around the Park on Sunday, July 15. Several other fires ignited that day.With the number of new fires in the Northwest this week, firefighting resources are strained. However, the Timber Crater 6 Fire is being aggressively managed for full suppression, commensurate with values at risk and the overriding objective of public and firefighter safety. There are currently no closures in the Park due to this season's fire activity.

Sugar Pine (Wildfire)

July 19, 2018 - 11:21am
On Sunday July 15, lightning started hundreds of fires across Southwest Oregon. They are rapidly being responded to by Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Local Fire Districts, Tribal and Crater Lake National Park firefighting resources. Although many fires have already been contained, as wind and visibility changes, more fires continue to be detected. For efficiency and improved safety, groups of fires are being managed together on specific land divisions. The Northwest Incident Management Team #13 has been given responsibility for managing more than 10 fires on the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest's High Cascades Ranger District west of Crater Lake National Park. There are 8-10 fires west of Hwy 62 and 5-8 fires east of Hwy 62. Hwy 62 itself is not threatened in this area at this time.The major fires are named Sugar Pine, Elk Horn, Round Top, Goodview and Union.

Substation (Wildfire)

July 19, 2018 - 8:31am
The Substation Fire started on private land southeast of The Dalles, Oregon on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and grew quickly. The fire moved more than 18 miles in the first burning period, and crossed multiple agency jurisdictions. The fire has now burned more than 50,000 acres and triggered evacuations in Sherman and Wasco Counties, as well as closing Segments 3, & 4 of the Lower Deschutes River to all access. Suppression efforts will focus on firefighter safety while protecting life and property. Challenges include steep, inaccessible terrain in the Lower Deschutes River canyon, light fuels including cured agricultural fields, wind, low relative humidity and high temperatures. The fire is burning on both sides of the Lower Deschutes River, adding extensive travel times to use the few roads that cross the river to access various points of the

Natchez (Wildfire)

July 18, 2018 - 3:12pm
The Natchez Fire is estimated to be approximately 250 acres in size, and it has spotted over a ridgeline onto the Klamath National Forest in Del Norte County, CA. The fire is located 15 miles southwest of Cave Junction, OR. Air tankers were working the fire Tuesday afternoon, and the Incident Management Team (Lawson) is currently managing the Natchez Fire. Four 20-person had crews are assigned with additional resources on order. Power Line #33, which runs from Cave Junction, OR to Happy Camp, CA is threatened, but currently not impacted.Two fires located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness are also managed by the team. The Klondike Fire is approximately 100 acres and the Granite Fire is approximately 50 acres.Helicopters have been helpful in slowing upslope fire movement, although Tuesday night strong east winds caused the fire to breach containment lines. Fire managers are considering all opportunities for continued direct attack.The Incident Command Post is in process of being set up at...

Cemetery Fire (Wildfire)

July 18, 2018 - 11:44am
The Cemetery Fire started by lightning storms on July 16th and is burning on Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands, Ochoco National Forest, and Post-Paulina Rangeland Fire Protection Association protected

South Umpqua Complex (Wildfire)

July 18, 2018 - 9:22am
The fires in this complex were started from lightning ignitions, that happened around 10:00 AM on Sunday July 15th. There is currently 7 fires with the highest priority being dealt with, while smaller smokes are also being investigated and addressed. NW Incident Management Team #6, with Shawn Sheldon as Incident Commander, took control of this incident at 6:00 AM July 18th.