The Wildfire Season Is Really Underway. *(Updated Friday 8/5/19)

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Firefighting Helicopter | Photo by The Conversation

I recently wrote about the fact that our wildfire season was relatively quiet so far and tried not to say it too loudly so as to jinks the whole thing. As usual, as soon as you say not much is happening all you-know-what breaks loose. We have even had small wildfire nearby.

Oregon/Washington Wildfires 7.25.19 | Image by NWCC

There are currently three large wildfires in Oregon and six large wildfires in Washington State as of Thursday 7.25.19 according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC). The following is the summary of the three Oregon Wildfires.

The Drummond Basin fire: Located 32 miles south of Jordan Valley, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,410. The fuel/terrain is grass.  It started on 7/23/19 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 25 people, 0 crews, 1 helicopter, and 6 engines. The fire is 95% contained.

The Miller Island fire: Located 2 miles east of Wishram, Washington. The number of acres involved is 900. The fuel/terrain is grass.  It started on 7/23/19 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 28 people, 1 crews, 0 helicopter, and 2 engines. The fire is 100% contained.

The Round Butte fire: Located 30 miles south of Burns, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,209. The fuel/terrain is Juniper, grass and sagebrush.  It started on 7/22/19 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 40 people, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 7 engines. The fire is 85% contained.

Milepost 97 Wildfire 7.25.19 | Photo by Douglas Forest Protective Association through kptv.com

There is another wildfire that doesn’t qualify to be on the NWCC Large Wildfire map and that fire is near Canyonville. Here is a summary of the details revealed in a story on KPTV.com which I’ve put in a similar format to the NWCC reports.

The Milepost 97 fire: Located off Interstate 5 near milepost 97 in Douglas County, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 150 Thursday 7.25.19 (according to Douglas Forest Protective Association). The fuel/terrain is old growth timber and brush on a steep rocky hillside. It started on 7/22/19 and the cause is listed human caused/an illegal campfire. Residences threatened: 0 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 90 people, ? crews, multiple helicopters for water drops, and ? engines. The fire is ?% contained.

Wildfire safety
Wildfire Safety Tips | Image by scoopnest.com

This latest fire (The Milepost 97 fire) was started by an illegal campfire so that shows the rules are not always followed. Check out the wildfire safety tips in the above graphic and adhere to them. Carelessness is not an excuse for starting a potentially dangerous and deadly wildfire.

Oregon-Washington Wildfire Map 7.27,19 | Image NWCC

Now let’s move forward two days and what do we find? Six wildfires in Washington but two remain in Oregon. The Milepost 97 fire now qualifies as a Large Wildfire. There is a new wildfire in Oregon. Here are the details.

The Mile Post 97 fire: Located 1 miles south of Canyonville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 8,800. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/24/19 and the cause is listed as human. Residences threatened: 100 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 69 people, 1 crew, 6 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Drummond Basin fire: Located 35 miles south of Jordan Valley, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,410. The fuel/terrain is grass.  It started on 7/23/19 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 other structures threatened: 2 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 10 people, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 3 engines. The fire is 95% contained.

Oregon-Washington Wildfire Map 7.28.19 | Image by NWCC

A check of the NWCC updated map for Sunday 7/28/19 shows only one wildfire left in Oregon and six in Washington. As you can see, the Milepost 97 fire has continued to grow and is not contained.

The Mile Post 97 fire: Located 1 miles south of Canyonville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 11,009. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/24/19 and the cause is listed as human. Residences threatened: 586 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 931 people, 37 crew, 6 helicopters, and 41 engines. The fire is 5% contained.

Oregon-Washington Wildfires | Image by NWCC

Following the wildfire situation through Friday 8/2/19 shows that the  Mile Post 97 fire continues to ravage the countryside and another fire is listed. In addition to the two Oregon wildfires three are listed in Washington. Here is the updated information.

The Mile Post 97 fire: Located 1 miles south of Canyonville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 13,085. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/24/19 and the cause is listed as human. Residences threatened: 586 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 1,482 people, 49 crews, 18 helicopters, and 413 engines. The fire is 35% contained.

The McKay Butte fire: Located 4 miles northeast of Crescent, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 170. The fuel/terrain is grass.  It started on 7/23/19 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 other structures threatened: 10. Resources being used: 160 people, 5 crews, 0 helicopters, and 10 engines. The fire is 80% contained.

Oregon-Washington Large Wildfire Map 8.5.19 | Image by NWCC

The wildfire map that should be above is not currently available due to technical difficulties. It will be added as soon as possible. It’s time for another wildfire update. This update is as of Monday 8/5/19.

*The Mile Post 97 fire: Located 1 miles south of Canyonville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 13,119. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/24/19 and the cause is listed as human. Residences threatened: 586 other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 1,326 people, 47 crews, 18 helicopters, and 42 engines. The fire is 55% contained.

*The East Evans Creek fire: Located 10 miles northwest of Sams Valley, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 155. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush.  It started on 8/2/19 and the cause is listed as human. Single Residences threatened: 5 Multiple residences threatened: 5 mixed commercial/residential: 5 Residences damaged: Residences destroyed: 1: Resources being used: 208 people, 6 crews, 7 helicopters, and 13 engines. The fire is 27% contained.

*The McKay Butte fire: No update was available. *The Granite Gulch fire: No summary available. As you can see the Milepost 97 wildfire

For the latest updates you can go to: http://https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/index.aspx and click on the Large Map. There is still a lot of time between now and the beginning of the rain season for the wildfires to continue to be a problem.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

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