Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire Update, 9/2

Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 2, 2014                         8:00 a.m.
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039



Current Situation:

The big news at the 5:30 am briefing today was about the predicted cold front that will pass over the fire today.  Dennis Parelli, fire behavior analyst, advised the crews to expect the cold front to reach the fire between noon and 3:00 pm today.  This change in weather will bring increased winds that will intensify fire behavior.  He stated that “these winds without any moisture will test the firelines.  If an ember crosses the fireline, expect spotting up to half a mile.”

All fire fighters are taught L.C.E.S. which stands for Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones.  Each day fire fighters apply this acronym to stay safe while working.  When weather conditions change it is especially important for them to be aware of their surroundings.

Safety officers are on the fireline and in fire camp on every shift to ensure that fire fighters are working safely and to be there should an emergency arise.  Paramedics are stationed on the fireline to give immediate first aid to injured fire fighters.  Safety plans are part of every incident action plan that are prepared for every shift.  Part of the safety plan includes identified air and ground transportation resources to transport to the closest medical facilities.

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters

“Today the wind will challenge our fireline, we have prepared, are set up and ready to meet that challenge” said Joe Hessel, day operations chief.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.


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Fire at a Glance (09/02/14)

Size:   2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment:  40%
Expected Containment Date:  9-6-14
Crews and Equipment:
 Crews:                  21
  Air Tankers:          0
  Helicopters:          6
  Engines:                19
  Dozers:                   5
  Water Tenders:      9
 Total personnel:  622
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.71 M


For More Information:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry<http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry>
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog:
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire Update - Sept. 1, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

September 1, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:


Hand crews and dozers will continue the hard work of completing a line around the fire perimeter today. There is approximately 2.25 of the 14.25 miles of line left to construct.

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. Other fire fighters used hand held palm IR (infra-red) units that detect heat buried deep in the ground. Heat spots are marked for day fire fighters to dig out and extinguish.

On the east side of the fire, fire fighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves fire fighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Crews are working toward extinguishing 100% of all smokes in a 100 ft. zone in the grass/brush, 300 ft in the timber and fall all snags within 500 ft. At morning briefing, Day Operations Chief Joe Hessel directed the crews to “Dig deep and do thorough mop-up the first time”. Once hot spots are dug out, the spot is marked to be rechecked at least twice.

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.

Fire at a Glance (09/01/14)

Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 25%
Expected Containment Date: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 512
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 M

For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost Hubcab Wildfire Morning Update - August 31, 2014

Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
August 31, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039
(Please Note: We are experiencing phone problems at this time. Please refer to websites for latest information.)

Current Situation:
Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. The mapping unit mapped the fire at 2,984 acres. There was minimal growth in the fire size since Saturday night. The fire perimeter is mapped at 14.23 miles. To put this another way imagine walking from downtown Portland to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington.

Yesterday’s approximate half inch of rain helped the fire fighters efforts by wetting the fuels and extinguishing light smokes. No rain is forecasted for today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will keep the fire activity to a minimum.

Fire fighters will focus on completing the fireline around the entire perimeter today, mostly on the west side. Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel stated “Today’s mission is clear – with a good day of hard work, we can fill in the gaps and get a line tied around this fire”. On portions of the fire where the line is completed, crews will begin to lay hose and fittings in preparation for the next phase: mop-up.

There have been zero injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR

Fire at a Glance (08/31/14)
Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 10%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 18
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 6
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 423
Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Central Oregon Fire Update, 8/22



Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR  97754


Contact:  Media Desk:  541-416-6811            
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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  August 22, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Central Oregon Fire Update

Central Oregon – Several changes this morning to closures in the National Forests due to reduced fire activity on the Muskrat and South Forks Fires.  In the Deschutes National Forest, the West Cultus Lake boat-in Campground and trails north of Cultus Lake have reopened to public entry.  Also, the entire closure area in the Ochoco National Forest has reopened to the public, although there are still closures in place on BLM and Malheur National Forests associated with the South Forks Complex.  The fire information number for this incident is 866-347-0636 or find the most recent closures and announcements at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.  The South Forks Complex is now 90% contained. 

Public use restrictions as well as an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL III) are still in place for Federal lands in Central Oregon.  The public use restriction currently prohibits open fires, including charcoal fires, except in designated campgrounds.  IFPL III means that personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.  Public use restrictions and the IFPL III apply to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District.  For details on these specific restrictions, please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-416-6811. 
                                                                                                                                              
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Muskrat Fire FINAL Information Update, 8/21



******************** FINAL Fire Status *********************
Muskrat Fire Information Update:  August 21, 2014 8:00 a.m.

For more information:   
Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
Media Desk:  541-416-6811          
Email:   Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter:  @CentralORfire                             
Blog: CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com
Location: ½ mile from Muskrat Lake and 2 miles northwest of Cultus Lake. The fire is located within the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest.
Size: Approximately 50 acres
Containment: 100%
Fire Update:
Fire is fully contained and will be monitored.  Crews are continuing to rehab firelines and helispots.
Emergency Area Closure:  As of August 20, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. all emergency area closures have been lifted.
All area campgrounds and trails are open to the public.

Central Oregon Fire Update, 8/21



Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR  97754


Contact:  Media Desk:  541-416-6811            
NEW! NEW! NEW!!! Email:   Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter:  @CentralORfire                               
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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  August 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Central Oregon Fire Update

Central Oregon – Firefighters on the Ferguson Springs Fire, located approximately 9 miles SE of Prineville Reservoir, are slowly being released as containment is now at 90%.  The 6-acre fire, located 3 miles north of Rager Ranger Station, is now considered 100% contained.  Resources continue to be available to respond to any new reports that come in as fire danger is still high for Central Oregon.   A stable westerly flow has moved into the area and will bring reduced wind speeds out of the west with no thunderstorms expected this afternoon or tonight. 

No growth has occurred on the 2.25 acre fire in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness.  The smokejumpers working on this fire are wrapping up fire suppression activities and will be released this afternoon.    

Public use restrictions as well as an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL III) are still in place for Federal lands in Central Oregon.  The public use restriction currently prohibits open fires, including charcoal fires, except in designated campgrounds.  IFPL III means that personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.  Public use restrictions and the IFPL III apply to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District.  For details on these specific restrictions, please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-416-6811. 

The South Fork Complex is located 5 miles south of Dayville around the south fork of the John Day River.  The fire is burning in a mix of private, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife managed lands. Currently, the South Fork Complex is 86% contained with an estimated containment date of September 1, 2014.  There are continued closures in place due to fire activity.  The fire information number for this incident is 866-347-0636 or find the most recent closures and announcements at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/

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