Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fuels Specialist to Ignite Small Prescribed Fire for Fire Investigation Class

Fuels Specialists to Ignite Small Prescribed Fire for Fire Investigation Class

BEND – Fuels Specialists on the Deschutes National Forest will be igniting a 5 acre prescribed burn today, March 19, 3 miles south of Bend. The small plot will be used to help students in a multi-agency Fire Investigation class.

The five-day, multi-agency course will begin on Monday, March 23. 2015 and is designed to train Forest Service and municipal firefighters and law enforcement officers in wildfire investigation techniques.  Students will participate in classroom and field sessions where they will be taught to identify points of origin by detecting burn patterns and protect evidence that could be used in criminal cases for human caused fires.

The prescribed fire area is on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District 3 miles south of Bend, south of Woodside Ranch. If weather conditions remain favorable, ignitions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and are expected to take less than an hour.

Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke although it is unlikely that roads will be impacted by smoke.  If smoke does drift onto roads, drivers are encouraged to turn on headlights and slow down. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted.  No road closures are anticipated with this project.

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires, and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health. For more information, visit the Ochoco/Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes  and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Prescribed burns continue in Maury Mountains on Ochoco NF

Fire managers will take advantage of favorable weather conditions today to continue jackpot burning in the Maury Mountains southeast of Prineville.

Jackpot burning is part of a hazardous fuels reduction program that addresses high concentrations of naturally-occurring or thinning-related downed woody debris.

The West Maury Jackpot Burning project will cover about 500 acres spread out across multiple units approximately 12 miles southeast of Post, Ore.

Crews completed around 170 acres of jackpot burning in the Maury Mountains at the end of February before snow halted the project.

Plans also call for jackpot burning on the Crooked River National Grassland this spring.

The Grassland Jackpot Burning project will cover about 500 acres on units between 5 and 15 miles southwest and southeast of Madras, Ore.

The goals for both projects include improvement of wildlife habitat and range conditions, and the reduction of hazardous fuels.

Light smoke will be visible during ignition periods but no impacts to major highways are expected.


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. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Prescribed Burns Planned on Ochoco NF and Crooked River National Grassland

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Fire managers plan to take advantage of recent warmer weather to conduct jackpot burning across as many as 1,000 acres over the coming weeks between the Crooked River National Grassland and the Maury Mountains southeast of Prineville.

Jackpot burning is part of a hazardous fuels reduction program that addresses high concentrations of naturally-occurring or thinning-related downed woody debris.

The West Maury Jackpot Burning project will cover about 500 acres spread out across multiple units approximately 12 miles southeast of Post, Ore.

The Grassland Jackpot Burning project will cover about 500 acres on units between 5 and 15 miles southwest and southeast of Madras, Ore.

The goals for both projects include improvement of wildlife habitat and range conditions, and the reduction of hazardous fuels.

Light smoke will be visible during ignition periods but no impacts to major highways are expected.

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.

For more information, visit the Ochoco National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/ochoco and follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pile Burning Continues on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District will continue with pile burning operations this week to reduce hazardous fuels at the following locations:

  • Along Hwy 97 at MP 157, smoke will be visible from the highway, signs will be in place.
  • Near 9730 rd, 4 miles west of hwy 97.
  • Located both north & south of Burgess Rd. and near Boundary Rd in LaPine.
  • Located near 10 mile snow park both north & south of FS Road 21.

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