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Just When You Think It Can’t Get Any Worse, It Does

We had some wildfires in Oregon at the end of July and that is why I wrote about it. In that column I showed you the wildfires that were burning as of publication on July 30th. We had high pressure sitting over us producing easterly airflow which pushed a substantial amount of smoke our way.

Wildfire Map

Large Wildfire Map 7/30/17 | Image by NWCC

This is the map that showed the active wildfires as of July 30th. The smoke cause Air Quality alerts to be issued as the air quality in some locations reached the Unhealthy level. That wasn’t bad enough, I guess, because the number of wildfires has drastically increased.

Large Wildfires

Large Wildfires 8/20/17 | Image by NWCC

As of Sunday 8/20/17 at 8:00 pm the number of wildfires in Oregon has tripled the number that were active July 30th. The following is the current list of active wildfires in Oregon. The following wildfire summaries were prepared by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC).

The Belknap fire: Located 20 miles east of Prineville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 125. The fuel is timber; brush. It started on 8/11/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Single residences threatened- 31, 33 mixed residential/commercial. Resources being used: 83 people, 3 crews, 0 helicopters, and 1 engine. The fire is 75% contained.

The Blevins fire: Located 15 miles southeast of Rome, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,314. The fuel is short grass. It started on 8/19/17 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Resources being used: 18 people, 0 crews, 1 helicopter, and 3 engines. The fire is 100% contained.

Chetco Bar Fire

Chetco Bar Fire | Photo by triplicate.com

*The Chetco Bar fire: Located Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 31,000. The fuel is timber, brush, Closed timber litter. It started on 7/12/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 750 single residences (2 destroyed), 50 minor structures (1 destroyed).  Resources being used: 280 people, 6 crews, 3 helicopters, and 12 engines. The fire is 14% contained.

The Falcon Complex fire: Located 25 miles east of Tiller, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,200. The fuel is timber. It started on 8/8/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 5 single residences and 12 minor structures. Resources being used: 491 people, 10 crews, 4 helicopters, and 22 engines. The fire is 17% contained.

The Flounce fire: Located 12 miles northwest of Shady Grove, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 587. The fuel is timber, brush, and tall grass. It started on 8/7/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Resources being used: 122 people, 6 crews, 1 helicopters, and 4 engines. The fire is 94% contained.

The High Cascades Complex fire: Located 9 miles northeast of Prospect, Oregon. The number of acres involved 11,226. The fuel is timber. It started on 8/12/17 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Resources being used: 897 people, 27 crews, 6 helicopters, and 17 engines. The fire is 61% contained.

*The Indian Creek fire: Located Eagle Creek Trail System, Oregon. The number of acres involved 83. The fuel is timber (litter and understory). It started on 7/04/17 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Resources being used: 47 people, 1 crew, 2 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 10% contained.

The Jones fire: Located at 10 miles northeast of Lowell, Oregon. The number of acres involved 4,959. The fuel is timber. It started on 8/10/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 4 single residences and one minor structure. Resources being used: 588 people, 17 crews, 2 helicopters, and 15 engines. The fire is 10% contained.

The Miller Complex fire: Located 17 miles east of Cave Junction, Oregon. The number of acres involved 7,716. The fuel timber (litter and understory). It started on 8/14/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 14 single residences and 5 minor structures. Resources being used: 432 people, 9 crews, 0 helicopters, and 20 engines. The fire is 4% contained.

Milli Wildfire

Milli Wildfire Photo by wildfiretoday.com

The Milli fire: Located at 9 miles west of Sisters, Oregon. The number of acres involved 9,331. The fuel is timber. It started on 8/11/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 1,004 single residences. Resources being used: 487 people, 10 crews, 2 helicopters, and 16 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

Nena Springs Fire

Nena Springs Fire | Photo by inciweb

The Nena Springs fire: Located at 7 air miles northeast of Simnasho, Oregon and on the northeast boundary of Warm Springs Indian reservation. The number of acres involved 68,135. The fuel is grass, timber, and dormant brush. It started on 8/8/17 and the cause is listed as human. Residences threatened- 50 single residences (1 single residence damaged; 6 single residences destroyed); 4 multiple residences, 3 mixed commercial/residential, 1 non residential commercial structure, 50 minor structures (3 minor structures damaged, 4 minor structures destroyed). Resources being used: 224 people, 5 crews, 1 helicopter, and 27 engines. The fire is 40% contained.

The North Pelican fire: Located on the North slope of Pelican Butte, Oregon. The number of acres involved 900. The fuel is closed timber litter; brush. It started on 8/10/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 200 single residences. Resources being used: 105 people, 0 crews, 1 helicopter, and 9 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Rebel fire: Located 13 miles south of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. The number of acres involved 2,319. The fuel is timber. It started on 8/4/17 and the cause is listed as unknown. Residences threatened- 4 single residences. Resources being used: 295 people, 10 crews, 0 helicopters, and 10 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Separation fire: Located at Substitute Point, Oregon. The number of acres involved 268. The fuel is timber (litter and understory). It started on 8/10/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Resources being used: 295 people, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Shan Creek fire: Located 10 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon. The number of acres involved 156. The fuel is timber, logging slash. It started on 8/10/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Resources being used: 180 people, 3 crews, 0 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Staley fire: 23 miles south of Oakridge, Oregon. The number of acres involved 831. The fuel is timber, brush. It started on 8/10/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Resources being used: 256 people, 8 crews, 0 helicopters, and 11 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

Three Sisters Central Wildfire

Three Sisters Central Wildfire | bp.blogspot.com

The Three Sisters Central fire: Located at Substitute Point, Oregon. The number of acres involved 150. The fuel is timber (litter and understory). It started on 8/10/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Resources being used: 0 people, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Umpqua North Complex fire: Located 50 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon along highway 138. The number of acres involved 6,878. The fuel is timber, tall grass, and brush. It started on 8/11/17 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Residences threatened- 36 single residences 21 non residential commercial (13 damaged), 30 minor structures (one destroyed). Resources being used: 760 people, 18 crews, 3 helicopters, and 55 engines. The fire is 1% contained.

*The Whitewater fire: Located 15 miles east of Detroit, Oregon. The number of acres involved 7,984. The fuel is timber, bush. It started on 7/23/17 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened- 113 single residences;  1 mixed commercial/ residential, 2 non-residential/commercial properties, and 46 minor structures. Resources being used: 631 people, 14 crews, 9 helicopters, and 13 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

*The three fires marked were in existence when the July 30th column was published.

The wildfire information listed here is as of 8:00 PM Sunday 8/20/17. If you wish to continue monitoring the Oregon wildfires you can go to the NWCC interactive map and see the updated information  at the  NWCC webpage.

"Wildfires"

“Wildfires” | Image by chumstickcoalition.org

You can see by the number of people and pieces of equipment engaged in fighting these wildfires that the resources are being stretched near the breaking point. What is needed now is some serious rainfall, without lightning, to help quell at least some of these wildfires. Remember to be careful with any burning materials.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: tim.chuey@eugenedailynews.com.

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