Oregon

The Wildfire Season Has Really Fired Up.

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My last report on the Oregon wildfire situation was a very positive one with only one active large wildfire burning. As you can see on the map below that fire didn’t seem to be terribly important. There was also one fire in progress in Washington. The thing to remember is that all wildfires have serious consequences.

6.30.18 Wildfire Map
NWCC Wildfire map 6.30.18 | Image by NWCC

Here we are less than one month later and there are 10 wildfires raging in Oregon and 4 in Washington.

Oregon/Washington Wildfires 7.20.18 | Image by NWCC

Here is the current list as of Sunday July 22nd.

Cemetery Wildfire
Cemetery Wildfire | Photo by Bend Bulletin

The Cemetery fire: Located 32 miles east southeast of Prineville, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,414. The fuel/terrain is tall grass, brush, and timber.  It started on 7/1/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 149 people, 4 crews, 1 helicopters, and 7 engines*. The fire is 95% contained*.

The Garner Complex fire: Located 17 miles northeast of Grants Pass and 10 miles south of Grants Pass*, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 7,949*. The fuel/terrain is grass, litter, and understory.  It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 393 single residences*, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 1,834 people, 59 crews, 26 helicopters, and 74 engines. The fire is 10% contained.

The Granite fire: (Now included in The Hendrix fire listed below) Located 9 miles northwest of Selma, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 233. The fuel/terrain is grass, hardwood litter and brush.  It started on 7/16/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 12 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 2 people, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Hendrix fire: Located 3 miles southwest of Ashland, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 830. The fuel/terrain is timber.  It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 10 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 520 people, 14 crews, 5 helicopters, and 21 engines*. The fire is 15% contained*.

The Klondike fire (Now includes the Granite fire): Located 9 miles northwest of Selma, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,169*. The fuel/terrain is hardwood litter and brush.  It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 12 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 42 people, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Natchez fire: Located 15 miles southeast of Cave Junction, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,372*. The fuel/terrain is timber, chaparral, and hardwood litter.  It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 1 nonresidential commercial property*. Resources being used: 283 people, 7 crews, 5 helicopters, and 10 engines*. The fire is 0% contained.

The South Umpqua Complex fire: Located 45 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon (Tiller Ranger District. The number of acres involved is 2,229. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 6 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 964 people, 30 crews, 5 helicopters, and 31 engines. The fire is 10% contained.

SubstationFire
SubstationFire | Photo by Wildfire Today

The Substation fire: Located 5 miles south of The Dalles, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 79,121. The fuel/terrain is grass, brush. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as Under investigation. Residences threatened: 1,188 single residences, Other structures threatened: 45 nonresidential commercial property and 130 other minor structures. Resources being used: 286 people, 40 crews, 5 helicopters, and 22 engines. The fire is 82% contained.

The Sugar Pine fire: Located 12 miles northwest of Prospect, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 160. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 328 people, 10 crews, 0 helicopters, and 21 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Timber Crater 6 fire: Located 8 miles southeast of Diamond Lake, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 1,190*. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 340 people, 14 crews, 2 helicopters, and 1 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

Wildfire Map
Updated Oregon/Washington Wildfire Map 7.22.18 | Image by NWCC

Now here is the final update as of Sunday 7/22/18. I have updated the fires listed above (Updated items have an * after them.). Below are the 3 new fires that have developed.

The Round Top fire: Located 8 miles north of Prospect, OR, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 104. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 142 people, 5 crews, 0 helicopters, and 9 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

The Union fire: Located 10 miles northeast of Prospect, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 104. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7/16/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 0 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 142 people, 5 crews, 0 helicopters, and 10 engines. The fire is 0% contained.

Wagner Wildfire
Wagner (Creek) Complex Wildfire | Photo by Statesman Journal

The Wagner Complex fire: Located in Jackson County, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 250. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush, and grass. It started on 7/15/18 and the cause is listed as lightning/natural. Residences threatened: 30 single residences, Other structures threatened: 0 nonresidential commercial property. Resources being used: 336 people, 14 crews, 9 helicopters, and 27 engines. The fire is 61% contained.

That gives us 13 wildfires currently ravaging various parts of Oregon. We still have a lot of Summer early Fall left for these fires to continue and possibly even more to start up due to lightning strikes or careless people. We can only hope for an early return of our rain season. Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain.

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