Monday, August 21, 2017

Campfire Awareness

An engine crew responded today to an abandoned campfire which had begun to spread to nearby stumps and debris.  The situation was detected and reported early, and the crew members were able to respond quickly and extinguish the fire before it was allowed to spread any further.

As a reminder, regulated use is in effect--campfires are prohibited outside of designated areas with provided fire pits.  Even in the designated areas, please make sure your fire is totally out before you leave. Drown, stir, drown.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Raven Ridge, 2nd Day 8/20/17

Crews, engines, and equipment will continue work on the fire today and again tonight.  This work will consist mostly of mop up and improving and strengthening existing containment lines.

Sunday morning's operational briefing
The fire perimeter has been mapped at 19 acres.  It is 100% lined and 15% contained.

Raven Ridge Initial Attack 8/19/17

A variety of personnel and resource types worked together yesterday to both locate the fire, and minimize acres burned once on scene.

Smoke column viewed from the reported location
An excavator and dozer, supplied by Bighorn Logging, complete line on the North flank of the fire 

Crews, along with ODF engines, installing a hose-lay and building line

Below:  Drops from the fire boss aircraft


Raven's Ridge Fire update

Windy conditions continued to pushed the fire downhill through rugged and steep terrain, starting another spot fire further downslope. Personnel on scene were able to quickly respond and contain the spot fire at approximately 1 acre. Fire activity was minimal as the night progressed, allowing hand crews  to completely line both the main fire and the spot fire. As of this post, fire activity was limited to creeping, with some of the heavier fuels still burning in the center. Estimated acreage is between 15-20 acres. Goals for today's shift is 100% mop up of the spot fire, and continued work in the main fire. Ground crews are anticipated to be working through the night this evening, as well.

Regarding the eclipse, so far, the eclipse zone has been quieter than expected. Public use on the Tillamook Forest is also less than expected. Additional patrols were scheduled, in advance, for the weekend leading up to, as well as, the day of the eclipse. This, fortunately, allowed us a quick response time while still maintaining Fire Prevention patrols throughout the district. Continue to be safe while visiting the forests this busy weekend, and report any unsafe practices or hazards that are seen.

Enjoy the Eclipse!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

At around 1530 this afternoon, Department of Forestry, along with Rural Fire Departments, responded to a fire in a slash unit in the area of Round Top Rd and Cochran Rd. The fire quickly moved into timber, due to higher winds and heavy fuels, growing to 7-10 acres. This prompted a call for two airtankers for support. Water drops proceeded for several hours, as hand crews and dozers worked to line the fire. Crews are staying on scene to work through the night to contain this fire.