Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fire Restrictions Begin Friday

Industrial Fire Precaution Level III will also be implemented this week

CENTRAL OREGON – With hot and dry conditions expected to continue, increasing numbers of wildfires around the northwest, and fire suppression resources already responding to a high number of human-caused wildfires around Central Oregon, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing campfire restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level III.

Effective 12:01 a.m. July 21, 2017 (Friday), open fires, including charcoal briquette fires and portable campfires, will be prohibited, except in the following designated campgrounds:

Crescent Ranger District: Contorta Flat, Contorta Point, Crescent Lake, Simax Group, Spring, Sunset Cove, Trapper Creek, Whitefish Horse Camp, Windy Group Site, Industrial Mushroom Camp (Little Odell Butte).

Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District: Crane Prairie, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Fall River, Fall River Guard Station, Gull Point, Lava Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Little Fawn, Little Fawn Group, Little Lava Lake, Mallard Marsh, North Twin, Point, Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, Quinn River, Rock Creek, Sheep Bridge, South, South Twin, West South Twin, Big River Group, Bull Bend, Wyeth, Cinder Hill, East Lake, Little Crater, Newberry Group, Ogden Group, Paulina Lake, Prairie.

Sisters Ranger District: Allen Springs, Allingham, Blue Bay, Camp Sherman, Candle Creek, Cold Spring, Driftwood, Gorge, Graham Corral, Indian Ford, Jack Creek, Link Creek, Lower Bridge, Lower Canyon Creek, Perry South, Pine Rest, Pioneer Ford, Riverside, Scout Lake, Sheep Spring, Smiling River, South Shore, Three Creek Lake, Three Creek Meadow, Three Creek Horse Camp, Whispering Pine.

Paulina Ranger District: Sugar Creek, Wolf Creek.

Lookout Mtn. Ranger District: Antelope Flat Reservoir, Deep Creek, Ochoco Divide, Ochoco Forest, Walton Lake and Wildcat.

Crooked River National Grassland: Skull Hollow and Haystack Reservoir.

Prineville BLM: Big Bend, Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte. 

These restrictions do not apply to Wilderness areas on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Prineville BLM.

In addition to campfire restrictions, smoking is restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, in a designated campground, in boats on lakes and rivers, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material. Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.

Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.

Additionally, the Prineville BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland will move to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL). The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands.

IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown” and restricts the use of chainsaws to loading sites on tractor/skidder operations to between the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Only cable yarding systems that use non-motorized systems are allowed. Industrial welding and mechanized loading operations are also restricted to the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Industrial and permitted operations may request a waiver from the Forest Service or BLM depending on land ownership at the activity location. It is the responsibility of all operators to know and follow the requirements of the current fire precaution level.

More information about both IFPL and Public Use Restrictions can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/centraloregon/home/?cid=fsbdev3_035880


Public use restrictions help protect the land, resources, and visitors. Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to implement fire restrictions. Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence only increase the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater burden on already busy firefighters.  Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.  

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

07/09/2017 4:45 p.m. Lone Pine Fire Update


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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 9, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. 
 

Lone Pine Fire Continues to Burn on Crooked River National Grassland


Madras, Ore– The Lone Pine Fire began burning just before noon on the Crooked River National Grassland approximately 2 miles east of Gray Butte. The fire was burning primarily brush and grass when it began.

Visitors to Skull Hollow Campground, which was near the fire, were made aware of the fire, but were not evacuated. However, a portion of Lone Pine Road was closed to allow for fire traffic.

By late afternoon, the fire had burned approximately 1,000 acres, though estimates of its size varied.

Resources dispatched to the fire include 3 single-engine air tankers with retardant, 2 helicopters dropping water, 10 engines, and a water tender. By mid-afternoon the right flank of the fire had a retardant line around it, which helped with suppression efforts.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Crook County Health Department warned that people who have chronic respiratory or heart issues should avoid the area or stay inside to avoid the smoke.  The public needs to be aware that driving or parking on dry grass can easily start a wildfire in Central Oregon’s current fuel conditions.

 

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07/09/2017 1:15 p.m. New Fire on Crooked River National Grassland


 

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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 9, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.

  

New Fire on Crooked River National Grassland


Madras, Ore– A new fire (#496) is burning approximately ¾ of a mile from milepost 14 on Hwy 26 near Lone Pine Road on the Crooked River National Grassland.

The fire burning in brush and grass was reported just before noon. It has quickly grown to 150 acres and is putting up a very visible column of smoke.

Resources currently at the fire include 3 single-engine air tankers, 2 helicopters dropping water, 7 engines, and 1 water tender and other firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The public should be aware of continued drying of fuels throughout Central Oregon and the current High Fire Danger and take precautions with campfires and driving and parking on dry grass.

  

 

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07/09/2017 9:45 a.m. New Fire near Sisters


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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 9, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.
 

New Fire near Sisters

 

Sisters, Ore– A fire was reported before 1 a.m. this morning burning just off of Forest Service Road 11 (Indian Ford), west of Sisters.

The fire is approximately 5 acres and has a hose lay and line around it at this time. Currently fire crews are mopping up the fire with 3 engines, 2 fire crews and 2 water tenders. Forward progression of the fire was stopped early through line construction as well as conducting burnout operations between the fire and Forest Service Road 11.  Early on the fire had active fire behavior, including group torching, due to downslope winds.

Mop up and patrol of the fire will continue throughout the day and into tomorrow. The public should avoid the area if possible due to slowdowns on Forest Service Road 11, east of Black Butte due to fire engines and crews working on the road.

Response to the fire included Sisters-Camp Sherman, Cloverdale and Black Butte Ranch Fire Districts as well as Forest Service firefighters.

The public should be aware of continued drying of fuels throughout Central Oregon and the current High Fire Danger and take precautions with campfires and driving and parking on dry grass.

 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crews Keep Up Efforts as Grizzly Fire Command Transitions to Local Unit


As high temperatures, low humidity and a red flag warning continue today, crews remain diligent with patrolling and mop up throughout the Grizzly Fire area. The 195-acre fire area was reported at 75% containment last night with firefighters targeting 95% containment by the end of the day. The COFMS Type 3 Incident Management Team is planning to transition command back to the local unit, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District, this evening. Through the weekend, firefighters will continue monitoring and extinguishing any final hot spots.


The Grizzly Fire was reported on Monday July 3rd in the afternoon, burning near Grizzly Mountain Road approximately nine miles northwest of Prineville.  The fire area is on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Crook County Fire and Rescue, and the Crooked River National Grassland.  The fire is human caused and under investigation.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Firefighters Continue Mop Up on Grizzly Fire Prineville

Crews will continue extinguishing hot spots and smoldering areas throughout the Grizzly Fire. As they work towards full mop up of the fire area, firefighters will continue today focusing on the perimeter and areas around private residences and structures. Yesterday, firefighters were successful at getting water to the southwest section and further securing the fire line. The fire area is estimated at 195 acres and is currently at 50 % containment.


The COFMS Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire Tuesday morning with joint delegation from Crook County Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Forestry. The Grizzly Fire was reported around 2 pm Monday afternoon, burning near Grizzly Mountain Road approximately nine miles northwest of Prineville. The fire area is on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Crook County Fire and Rescue, and the Crooked River National Grassland. The fire is human caused and under investigation. All evacuation notices have been lifted by the Crook County Sherriff.


Contact: Lauren DuRocher,
Public Information Officer 541-728-3854

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Crews Make Progress on the Grizzly Fire As Wind Subsides

Winds subsided last night allowing crews to gain ground on the Grizzly Fire. Firefighting efforts were successful yesterday and no structures have been lost. Crews will continue work today to further secure the containment lines particularly in the southwest section where steep terrain has created some challenges. The fire is approximately 200 acres with interior pockets still burning. All evacuation notices have been lifted by Crook County.

The COFMS Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire this morning with joint delegation from Crook County Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Forestry. Additional resources are arriving today to help with continued suppression work and mop up activities. Aerial support is available if needed.

The Grizzly Fire was reported around 2 pm Monday afternoon, burning near Grizzly Mountain Road approximately nine miles northwest of Prineville.  The fire is burning on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Crook County Fire and Rescue, and the Crooked River National Grassland.  The fire is human caused and under investigation.
 
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Contact: Lauren DuRocher, Grizzly Fire, Public Information Officer
                 541-728-3854