A Horrific Wildfire Season!

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Holiday farm Wildfire Devastation | Photo by newsweek.com

I don’t have to tell you just how bad this year’s wildfire season has been and sadly still continues. As of 9.13.20 there are 15 large wildfires ravaging Oregon and 15 large wildfires are burning in the state of Washington. The map below showing wildfires in Oregon and Washington is from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC). The descriptions detail the size of each fire, the structures threatened, and the people and equipment involved in fighting those fires.

Wildfrie map
NWCC Large Fire Map 9.13.20 | Image by NWCC

The Almeda Drive fire: Located 4 miles northwest of Ashland, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 3,200. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.08.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 16,263 single and multi residences (600 single destroyed), Other structures threatened: 500 nonresidential commercial property (100 destroyed). Resources being used: Total Personnel 48, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 12 engines. The fire is 60% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

Archie creek fire
Archie Creek Wildfire | Photo by ijpr.org

The Archie Creek fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide Oregon. The number of acres involved is 121,379. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.08.20 and the cause is unknown. Residences threatened: 1,840 single residences (95 destroyed), Other structures threatened: 16 nonresidential commercial property (5 damaged, 7 damaged and 2 destroyed). Resources being used: Total Personnel 530, 8 crews, 4 helicopters, and 18 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Beachie Creek fire: Located Willamette National forest, Opal creek Wilderness. The number of acres involved is 182,374. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is unknown. Residences threatened: 36,901 single residences, Other structures threatened: 131 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 563, 10 crews, 7 helicopters, and 45 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

Brattain fire
Brattain Wildfire | Photo by bewsbreak. com

The Brattain fire: Located 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 20,000. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.08.20 and the cause is human. Residences threatened: 50 single and multi residences, Other structures threatened: 2 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 192, 4 crews, 3 helicopters, and 19 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Echo Mountain Complex fire: Located 4 miles east of Lincoln City, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,435. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.07.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 4,109 single residences (100 destroyed), Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 383, 12 crews, 0 helicopters, and 27 engines. The fire is 20% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Grizzly Creek fire: Located 16 miles east of Ashland, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 325. The fuel/terrain timber, brush. It started on 9.04.20 and the cause is human. Residences threatened: 72 single residences, Other structures threatened: 108 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 381, 15 crews, 6 helicopters, and 15 engines. The fire is 25% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

Holiday Farm fire
Holiday Farm Wildfire | Photo by around.uoregon.edu

The Holiday Farm fire: Located 3 miles west of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 165,000. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.07.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 23,546 single residences, Other structures threatened: 100 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 628, 16 crews, 4 helicopters, and 35 engines. The fire is 5% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Lions Head fire: Located 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 146,000. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 397 single residences, Other structures threatened: 3 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 1,254, 44 crews, 11 helicopters, and 52 engines. The fire is 5% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The North Cascade Complex fire: Located 1 miles south of Molalla, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,060. The fuel/terrain is timber and grass. It started on 9.07.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 65 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 135, 5 crews, 0 helicopters, and 16 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

P 515 fire
P 515 Wildfire Aftermath | Photo by inciweb.nwcc.gov

The P515 fire: Located 17 miles west of Warm Springs, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 4,609. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.16.20 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 279, 6 crews, 0 helicopters, and 15 engines. The fire is 95% contained. The lead agency listed is USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Riverside fire: Located 8 miles southeast of Estacada, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 133,799. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.08.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 170,972 (33 destroyed) single and multi residences, Other structures threatened: 4,000 (20 destroyed) nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 246, 7 crews, 3 helicopters, and 8 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The South Obenchain fire: Located 5 miles east of Eagle Point, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 30,503. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.08.20 and the cause is unknown. Residences threatened: 3,125 (26 destroyed) single and multi residences, Other structures threatened: 1,050 (38 destroyed) nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: Total Personnel 486, 15 crews, 12 helicopters, and 22 engines. The fire is 20% contained. The lead agency listed is Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Thielsen fire: Located 2 miles southeast of Diamond Lake, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 5,580. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.09.20 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 525 single and multi residences (5 damaged, 5 destroyed), Other structures threatened: 500 nonresidential commercial property (31 damaged, 8 destroyed). Resources being used: Total Personnel 76, 1 crews, 0 helicopter, and 3 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.

The Two Four Two fire: Located 7 miles west of Fort Klamath, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 14,450. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush, and grass. It started on 9.07.20 and the cause is under unknown. Residences threatened: 525 single and multi residences (31 damaged, 8 destroyed), Other structures threatened: 753 nonresidential commercial property (39 damaged, 27 destroyed). Resources being used: Total Personnel 340, 3 crews, 4 helicopters, and 33 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is USDA Forest Service.]

Rain is in the forecast, but the worry is just how much rain will actually make it to the ground. Heavy rain would be a bad thing, but steady light rain would be the most beneficial. Whatever precipitation we get is is doubtful that it could extinguish the fires, but any rain (without thunderstorms) will at least make it a little easier for the firefighters to succeed in defeating these infernos. It looks like it will be some time, possibly months, before this wildfire season will be over.

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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