Wildfires Are Still Going Strong In Oregon.

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Middle Fork Complex Wildfire
Middle Fork Complex Wildfire | Photo by msn.com

Well, we finally got the rain we have been waiting for, but too much of it fell in a very short period of time and then we returned to dry. My rain gauge measured 2.26 inches of rain in the 48-hour period of September 18th and 19th. This rainfall did not have much of an effect on the drought situation nor the wildfires still raging in Oregon. Too much of it was runoff and didn’t soak into the ground. This wildfire season continues to see thousands of acres of land on fire. Let’s take another look at the current wildfire situation.With the arrival of more rain this week maybe the annual rain season will take hold and keep giving us more rain.

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) Large Fire Map | Image by NWCC

The NWCC Large Fire map from 9.21.21 shows the wildfires that were in progress at that time. Below is the summary of those fires at the time.

The Big Meadow fire: Located 10 miles north of Riley, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,643. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 9.9.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 2 multiple residences, Other structures threatened: 2 minor structures. Resources being used: Total Personnel 138, 4 crews, 1 helicopter, and 6 engines. The fire is 95% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDI Bureau of Land Management.

The Bull Complex fire: Located 12 miles north east of Detroit, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 24,777. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 493, 6 crews, 5 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 15% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Cougar Peak Wildfire | Photo by krdv.com

The Cougar Peak fire: Located 15 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 91,339. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush, logging slash. It started on 9.7.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 265 single residences, 4 destroyed, Other structures threatened: 531 minor structures, 6 destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 1,098, 631 crews, 4 helicopters, and 37 engines. The fire is 52% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Devil’s Knob Complex fire: Located 30 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 69,937. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 778, 18 crews, 3 helicopters, and 48 engines. The fire is 51% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 24,165. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is human. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 4, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 1 engines The fire is 55% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Middle Fork Complex Wildfire | Photo by msn.com

The Middle Fork Complex fire: Located 9 miles north of Oakridge Oregon. The number of acres involved is 30,928. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7.29.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 5, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 417, 15 crews, 8 helicopters, and 18 engines. The fire is 54% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Rough Patch fire: Located 26 miles southeast of Cottage Grove, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 50,376. The fuel/terrain is timber, litter/understory/brush. It started on 7.29.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0, 1 nonresidential commercial property destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 425, 19 crews, 10 helicopters, and 20 engines. The fire is 41% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

NWCC Large Fire Map 9.27.21 | Image by NWCC

Updating the wildfires as of 9.27.71 shows one less wildfire in Oregon and two remaining in Washington. The following are the descriptions of the remaining Oregon wildfires.

The Bull Complex fire: Located 12 miles north east of Detroit, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 24,894. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 1 destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 338, 4 crews, 2 helicopters, and 7 engines. The fire is 20% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Cougar Peak fire: Located 15 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 91,730. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush, logging slash. It started on 9.7.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 52 single residences, 4 destroyed, Other structures threatened: 111 minor structures, 6 destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 828, 21 crews, 4 helicopters, and 31 engines. The fire is 65% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Devil’s Knob Complex fire: Located 30 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 70,110. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0 Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 535, 12 crews, 1 helicopter, and 12 engines. The fire is 58% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Map Outlining Jack Fire Wildfire Closure Area | Image by North Umpqua Ranger District

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 24,165. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is human. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 4, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 1 engines The fire is 65% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Middle Fork Complex fire: Located 9 miles north of Oakridge Oregon. The number of acres involved is 30,928. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7.29.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 5, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 209, 1 crew, 1 helicopters, and 4 engines. The fire is 55% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Rough Patch fire: Located 26 miles southeast of Cottage Grove, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 50,376. The fuel/terrain is timber, litter/understory/brush. It started on 7.29.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0, 1 nonresidential commercial property destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 490, 15 crews, 5 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 52% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Remember, Even when all of these wildfires are “contained” that doesn’t mean the fires are out. It only means that they are no longer spreading. Please remain vigilant and be very careful not to be responsible for starting another wildfire.

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

Tim Chuey is a Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has been Awarded Seals of Approval for television weathercasting from both organizations.

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