They’re Spreading Like….Like Wildfire!

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Green River Wildfire
Green Ridge Wildfire | Photo by ktvz.com

The national news has been talking about the record number of wildfires in the state of California. They have reported that California has more than 350 wildfires burning. You’ll notice they haven’t said much if anything about Oregon. As of 8.22.20 there are 17 wildfires in Oregon and there are three in the state of Washington.

Current Wildfires
Current Large Wildfires 8.22.20| Image by NWCC

Now let’s take a look at each one of these wildfires and see just how serious they are and what resources are being used to combat them. At least ten of these fires were started by lightning while the others are unknown or still under investigation.

Baldy Wildfire
Baldy Wildfire 8.19.20 | Photo by backercityhearld.com

The Baldy fire: Located 6 miles northeast of Ironside, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 3,803. The fuel/terrain is brush, grass. It started on 8.17.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 208, 8 crews, 2 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 65% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Land Management.

The Beachie Creek fire: Located Willamette National forest, Opal creek Wilderness. The number of acres involved is 10. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is unknown. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 57, 2 crews, 3 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Crane fire: Located 10 miles southeast of Lakeview, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,474. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is unknown. Residences threatened: 8 single residences, Other structures threatened: 6 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 456, 13 crews, 5 helicopters, and 16 engines. The fire is 15% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Frog fire: Located 8 miles south of Post, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 3,997. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.15.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 3 single residences, Other structures threatened: 6 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 298, 9 crews, 3 helicopters, and 8 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

Green River Wildfire
Green Ridge Wildfire | Photo by ktvz.com

The Green Ridge fire: Located 12 miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 3,664. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 108 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 294, 9 crews, 3 helicopters, and 8 engines. The fire is 1% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Hog Ridge fire: Located 12 miles north of Dayville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 350. The fuel/terrain is grass. It started on 8.19.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 54, 2 crews, 0 helicopters, and 4 engines. The fire is 39% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Land Management.

The Indian Creek fire: Located 9 miles east of Juntura, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 48,930. The fuel/terrain is grass. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 137 single residences, Other structures threatened: 1 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 223, 9 crews, 1 helicopter, and 29 engines. The fire is 20% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Land Management.

The Laurel fire: Located 5 miles south of Spray, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,280. The fuel/terrain is grass. It started on 8.18.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 147, 4 crews, 2 helicopters, and 2 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Lions Head fire: Located 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 836. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 20 single residences, Other structures threatened: 10 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 110, 5 crews, 0 helicopters, and 3 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Little Mud Creek fire: Located 55 miles south of Burns, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 424. The fuel/terrain is grass, brush. It started on 8.18.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 38, 2 crews, 0 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 20% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Land Management.

The Meacham Complex fire: Located 10 miles north of La Grande, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 265. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.20.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 142, 7 crews, 0 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 7% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The P515 fire: Located 17 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 3,615. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: Yes single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 210, 9 crews, 0 helicopters, and 6 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Putnam Springs fire: Located 45 miles south of Heppner, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 130. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.20.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 1 single residences, Other structures threatened: 1 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 118, 5 crews, 0 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Steet Mountain fire: Located 9 miles north of Monument, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,076. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.19.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 0, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 45% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Trout Creek fire: Located 22 miles southeast of Fields, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 312. The fuel/terrain is grass, brush. It started on 8.17.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 11, 0 crews, 1 helicopter, and 1 engine. The fire is 100% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Land Management.

White River Wildfire
White River Wildfire | Photo by inciweb.nwcg.gov

The White River fire: Located 20 miles west of Wamic, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,335. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.17.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 186, 5 crews, 1 helicopter, and 7 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Wildcat fire: Located 14 miles west of Burns Junction, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,400. The fuel/terrain is grass, brush. It started on 8.17.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 1 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 23, 0 crews, 1 helicopter, and 3 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Land Management.

Smokey Bear
Smokey Bear | Image by smokeybear.com

That is a lot of fires to deal with and the wildfire season has a long way to go before it will be over. Remember what Smokey Bear says. Please be very careful out there with campfires and any burning materials. Use them only in designated safe areas.

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