Sunday, May 28, 2017

               
Cougar Butte Wildfire Now At 40% Containment
Firefighters hold wildfire north of Skyliners Road to 170 acres

 BEND – As of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, firefighters have held the Cougar Butte Fire at approximately 170 acres with 40% containment. Fire crews have completed hand line along the eastern and western borders of the fire, while continuing to hold the north and south portions of the fire with roads. During today’s operational period, firefighters will continue working on securing the northwest corner of the fire, while installing hose lays and beginning to transition into mop up.

Resources assigned to the fire at the beginning of shift this morning included 4 wildland fire engines, 2 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 hand crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead and support positions. 
The closure of Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls remains in effect. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to institute a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision. Fire officials hope to lift the closure and evacuation order tomorrow.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, firefighters responded to the Cougar Butte Fire, approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. Initially reported at 10 acres, the fire spread to 125 acres by that night. Firefighting resources worked through the night to construct hand line up the eastern edge of the fire. With the arrival of additional resources to the fire on Saturday, as well as, favorable weather conditions, firefighters were able to make good progress.

On Saturday, firefighters responded to Incident #217 approximately 1 mile north of Hwy 31 and south of Hole-In-The-Ground. Firefighters held the fire at 9.5 acres.

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The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cougar Butte Fire Map - May 27, 2017

Cougar Butte Fire Map 5/27/2017

Rogue River-Siskiyou Interagency Hotshot Crew constructs fire line on the west flank

Firefighters Work to Contain Cougar Butte Wildfire


Fire estimated at 140 acres; Tumalo Falls Day Use remains closed for public and firefighter safety

 BEND – At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, firefighters responded to a fire approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. The Cougar Butte Fire, formerly Incident #215, has been estimated at approximately 140 acres as of this morning, and remains at 10% containment. Fire crews continue to construct hand line along the eastern border of the fire, while holding the north and south portions of the fire with roads.

Several engines, crews and one helicopter responded to the fire yesterday. Resources assigned to the fire at the beginning of shift this morning included 3 wildland fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 hand crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead positions. Additional ground and air resources have been ordered and have started to arrive on scene.

The closure of Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls remains in effect. Tumalo Falls will be closed to the public for the duration of the incident. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to institute a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision. 

At 7:00 a.m. a Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Travis Moyer and Incident Commander Trainee, Mike Aizpitarte, assumed command of the incident.

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The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Firefighters Quickly Respond to Wildfire North of Skyliners Road

Tumalo Falls and Forest Road 4601 Are Closed To Ensure Firefighter and Public Safety

BEND – At approximately 3:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. Initially reported at 10 acres, the Cougar Butte fire grew to the west and as of tonight it is estimated to be 125 acres.

Several engines, crews and one helicopter responded to the fire, partly burning in the scar of the Bridge Creek Fire, and it is 10% contained as of 8:00 p.m. Several crews will continue working through the night on the fire to build and secure fire lines.

A closure has been put in effect for Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls. Tumalo Falls will be closed to the public for the duration of the incident. Additionally, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision.

At 7:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27, a Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of Incident 215, led by Incident Commander Travis Moyer and Incident Commander Trainee, Mike Aizpitarte. Several resources are assigned to the fire beginning tomorrow and will include 3 wildland fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead positions managing the blaze.

US Forest Service, Bend Fire and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office resources have responded.

For up-to-the-minute wildfire information, follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire.  


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The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Plans to burn 80 acres of slash piles in the Ochocos this week

The Ochoco National Forest plans to burn around 80 acres of downed wood debris this week in the area of Rush Spring, 25 miles northeast of Prineville, and about 2 miles south of Highway 26 and the Mark’s Creek subdivision along Forest Service Road 2620.

Weather conditions permitting, the ignitions would start tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, in the morning, and last one or two days. Smoke is expected to be visible along the Highway 26 corridor, but no other impacts to traffic or nearby residences are expected.

The slash is left over from previous thinning treatments. Fire managers plan to burn the material this week in order to reduce the heavy fuel loading and prepare the area for a previously-planned prescribed burn at some point in the future.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Juniper jackpot burning takes place today and tomorrow near Rager RS on Ochoco NF

Juniper jackpot burning will take place today and tomorrow on around 175 acres near Rager Ranger Station.

Jackpot burning addresses high concentrations of naturally-occurring or thinning-related downed woody debris (not piled).

The units are located approximately 15 miles northeast of Paulina, in the vicinity of Rager Ranger Station and Bear Butte.

The burning of this juniper will provide better connectivity of sage grouse habitat, improve critical winter range for big game and simultaneously reduce hazardous fuel loading to lower the risk of large scale wildfire across the landscape.

Ignitions will last 3 to 5 days with smoke being visible in the area for several days following. Smoke will be visible from Forest Service Road 58 and the Post/Paulina Highway. Roads will have signs posted, but no delays are expected.

This burning project is made possible by funding from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pile burning planned for the National Grassland and Ochocos

 With the onset of recent precipitation across Central Oregon, fire managers on the Crooked River National Grassland and the Ochoco National Forest will begin pile burning this week, and will continue seeking opportunities throughout the fall and into the winter.

Tomorrow, (Friday, October 21) firefighters will ignite 68 acres of hand piles located at the base of Grizzly Mountain along Highway 26 between Madras and Prineville.

The juniper slash is left over from a thinning project and commercial firewood sale along the southern boundary of the Grassland, near Mile Post 16, about 8 miles northwest of Prineville.

Objectives for the burn are simply to remove leftover juniper slash material so land managers can reseed the area with native grasses.

Light smoke will be visible for one day during active ignitions, but is not expected to impact the highway or passing motorists.

Following this burn, managers will seek an opportunity to burn slash piles within the Bailey Butte fire salvage area, near Ochoco Divide, just east of Highway 26.

Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Smoke Management Plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

Fire managers are planning these pile burns in coordination with Crook County Fire and Rescue and in observance of the weather and applicable air quality advisories.


The Forest and Grassland appreciate public tolerance of temporary smoke conditions in support of this work.