The Jack Fire Wildfire

Wildfires Gone Wild.

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I really didn’t plan on writing about wildfires this week, but the increase in the number of fires in Oregon decided the issue for me. As of 7.8.21 there were four large wildfires in Oregon. The others listed on the map were in Washington.

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) Large Wildfire Map 7.8.21 | Image by NWCC

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles north of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 16,814. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 10, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 297, 8 crews, 2 helicopters, and 17 engines. The fire is 1% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Dixie Creek fire: Located 3 miles northwest of Prairie City, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 541 The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.3.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 6 Single Residences, 25 Multiple Residences, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 236, 8 crews, 1 helicopter, and 7engines. The fire is 75% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,395. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.5.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 97 Single Residences, Other structures threatened: 39 nonresidential commercial properties and other minor structures 57. Resources being used: Total Personnel 327, 7 crews, 4 helicopters, and 27 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Lewis Rock fire: Located 4.5 miles south of Mitchell, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 440, The fuel/terrain is timber and grass. It started on 6.30.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 507, 19 crews, 6 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 30% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

NWCC Large Wildfire Map as of Sunday 7.11.21 | Image by NWCC

Now we update the large wildfires in Oregon as of 7.11.21 and you’ll notice that there are three large wildfires listed. The Bootleg and Jack Fire wildfires have grown exponentially since the first update on 7.8.21. The Dixie Creek wildfire is no longer listed as a large wildfire. The rest of the fires listed on the right side of the above graphic are in Washington State.

The Bootleg Wildfire | Photo by opb.org

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles north of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 143,607. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 1,206, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 926, 19 crews, 10 helicopters, and 75 engines. The fire is 0% 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 10,937. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.5.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 131 Single Residences, Other structures threatened: 41 nonresidential commercial properties and other minor structures 71. Resources being used: Total Personnel 781, 21 crews, 4 helicopters, and 44 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Lewis Rock Wildfire | Photo by inciweb.nwcg.gov

The Lewis Rock fire: Located 4.5 miles south of Mitchell, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 368, The fuel/terrain is timber and grass. It started on 6.30.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 385, 13 crews, 2 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 80% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

NWCC Large Wildfire Map 7.12.21 | Image by NWCC

Here is a final update before publication. It’s been only 24 hours since the last updated report and another wildfire (Grandview) has developed in that short period of time. The Lewis Rock fire has been 100% contained and removed from the list.

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles north of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 153,535. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 1,926, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 1,027, 19 crews, 10 helicopters, and 109 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Grandview fire: Located 10 miles north east of Sisters, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,000. The fuel/terrain is grass and brush. It started on 7.11.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 0, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 12,533. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.5.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 131 Single Residences, Other structures threatened: 41 nonresidential commercial properties and other minor structures 71. Resources being used: Total Personnel 809, 21 crews, 4 helicopters, and 44 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

With the continuing serious drought conditions we’re likely to see more devastating wildfires in Oregon until the rain season gets underway in the fall. That is assuming that the rain season actually starts when it is supposed to.

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