We had a very dry summer as I have mentioned before and along with it came many wildfires. What was supposed to be my last wildfire update for the season was published the first week of August. Well, here we go again. The end of September has not shown to be the end of this wildfire season.
There are three large wildfires still burning in Oregon and one just barely across the border in Northern California. Let’s take a look at them in greater detail.
The Klondike fire: Located 9 miles northwest of Selma, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 159,384. The fuel/terrain is timber, grass and brush, and standing and fallen dead material from previous fires. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 94 single residences, Other structures threatened: 6 minor structures. Resources being used: 589 people, 10 crews, 5 helicopters, and 22 engines. The fire is 72% contained.
The Miles fire: Located The Umpqua National Forest. The number of acres involved is 54,334. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/16/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 residences, Other structures threatened: 1 minor structures. Resources being used: 153 people, 2 crews, 4 helicopters, and 22 engines. The fire is 82% contained.
The Natchez fire: Located 15 miles southeast of Cave Junction, Oregon and 3 miles south of the Oregon/California State Line. The number of acres involved is 36,660. The fuel/terrain is pine, Douglas-fir and other conifers and dead and down material formal fires. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 residences, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: 169 people, 2 crews, 3 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 82% contained.
The Terwilliger fire: Located 5 miles southeast of Blue River, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 11,294. The fuel/terrain is timber, hardwood litter, and closed timber litter. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 residences, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: 180 people, 3 crews, 2 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 82% contained.
In my July 7, 2018 article on wildfires there were a total of 13 fires ravaging the state. I titled that article “The Wildfire Season Has Really Fired Up.” Little did we know at the time that the season would last as long as it has this year.
My last update was August 5, 2018 and there were still 12 wildfires burning in Oregon. The hope was that the rain might start and help put out the fires. The rain did come and yes it did help, but not nearly enough. So far the serious rain season has not yet arrived. Since there are still fires burning and we’re still very dry in Oregon it is a good idea to keep the wildfire safety tips fresh in our mind. See the list below.
Many people continue to go hiking and camping through the Fall and some even in the Winter. We all should be careful with burning materials such as campfires and cigarettes. Remember not to park your car in a dry grassy area when your car is still hot to prevent a fire from starting under your vehicle. Keeping your yard free of debris is also going to be helpful in preventing a nearby fire from spreading into your yard. Keep these tips in mind. They could save property and possibly even your life.
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