Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017 West Drews Prescribe Fire Smoke

Drift smoke can be seen from Highway 140 (photo from lookout).


Smoke is currently being responded to by Firefighters in the area to extinguish interior hot spots located in the West Drews Prescribed area (Unit 8) - located 5 miles west of Drews Valley in the Secret Valley area.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017 - Highway 97 Fire


🔥WILDFIRE UPDATE 🔥
July 18, 2017

8:00 P.M.
Evacuations were lifted for local residents in the HWY 97 Fire area. Firefighters will continue mopping up the 27.6 acre fire until all heat has been extinguished.


3:30 P.M.
Highway 97 Fire is now currently 50% lined. Crews will continue into the evening building line around the fire. Business have been reopened. Some evacuations are still in place for residents but should be lifted as soon as Fire operations declare area safe for re-entry. 

1:45 P.M.
Estimated size of the Highway 97 Fire is 30-40 acres.

Oregon Department of Transportation has reported delays of up to 20 minutes for travelers in the area due to Fire traffic and smoke impacts on the highway.

A possible cause of the fire, which started on the east side of the ODOT scales, is unknown at this time. Leadership in coordinating fire fighting efforts is being provided by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. Aircraft, including helicopters and fixed-wing craft are being utilized in the fire fighting effort with the use of artificial fire suppressant as well as water from Upper Klamath Lake.

Updated fire information will be provided through SCOFMP at:
https://SCOFMP.blogspot.com

Pacific Power reported outages to customers in the area at 3,500 shortly before noon, but since then the outages have been reduced to less than 500.

Information on Pacific Power outages available at https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/oom.html

1:00 P.M.
Local evacuations are in process on Flower Lane and a section on Wocas Lane.

12:30 P.M.
The Highway 97 Fire is located off the highway between mile marker 271-272. It is currently burning on private land. Local, state and federal resources are responding.

Highway 97 is open. Due to firefighting equipment and smoke in the responding, we are asking public to avoid the area.

11:45 A.M.
Interagency Firefighters are responding to a fire off Highway 97 (between mile marker 271-272) near Klamath Falls, Oregon.  The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m. this morning near the Oregon Department of Transportation truck scales on Highway 97 North near Dan O'Brien Way.

It was first reported as a
.25 acre fire. Multiple engines, air support and dozer are responding.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ana Fire final update, Saturday, July 15, 2017

All evacuation notices in the Ana Fire area are lifted as of today, July 15, at 10:00 am.

This will be the final Ana Fire update unless significant fire activity occurs.

Size: 5,874 acres                           
Containment: 100%                       
Personnel: 147
Start Date: July 8                            
Cause: Human Caused and Under Investigation
Fuel Type: Grass, Brush and Timber                    
Location: Summer Lake, Oregon

The fire transitioned from the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 back to the local area at 06:00 am today.

YESTERDAY’S OPERATIONS: Firefighters completed securing the perimeter, which achieved the goal of 100% containment. Fire personnel continued to patrol the fire. A group off engines, one bulldozer, one crew and a supervisor were available to respond to any new fires in the area.

Crews along with two excavators continued work along the fire perimeter to repair forest and range land impacted from firefighting activities. Developed by local agency advisors, this work includes; repairing containment lines, scattering brush and slash piles from chainsaw operations, knocking down berms, constructing water bars to mitigate erosion, and restoring any damaged trails.

TODAY’S OPERATIONS: A local Type 4 incident commander has assumed command of the fire. A team of five engines will continue to patrol and monitor the fire. Fire suppression repair work will continue as needed.

Local residents, visitors and motorists traveling through may continue to see smoke within the fire area. The smoke is caused by large woody debris that continues to smolder well within the perimeter of the fire. These interior pockets of smolder fuels pose no threat to the containment lines.

Highway 31 is open to through traffic. Motorists are asked to slow down and remain alert if fire personnel and equipment are in the area.

CLOSURES: The Fremont Point Lookout will be closed through August 1 to allow unrestricted suppression and recovery traffic in the area.

SAFETY MESSAGE: With the potential for extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread, please be extremely careful when using power tools, firearms and vehicles, as well as more traditional sources of fire, such as matches and lighters.

CONTACT INFO: Note that the information number has changed to (541) 363-7412, email; scofmp.fire.info@gmail.com.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ana Fire update for Friday, July 14, 2017

Size: 5,874 acres                  
Containment: 75%               
Personnel: 316
Start Date: July 8                                         
Cause: Human and Under Investigation
Fuel Type: Grass, Brush and Timber                    
Location: Summer Lake, Oregon

Containment lines will be tested today with wind gusts expected to exceed 20 mph.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area south of the fire from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with strong, gusty winds, low relative humidity and high fire danger.

YESTERDAY’S OPERATIONS: Fire activity on the perimeter was minimal. Crews continue to patrol the entire fire area, looking for and extinguishing heat sources.

Forest Road 2901 was graded and watered, restoring it to pre-incident condition.

TODAY’S OPERATIONS: Firefighters continue building a southern containment line across Winter Rim between Hwy. 31 and Forest Road 2901 to protect private property and commercial timber.

Crews are extinguishing any hot spots or smoldering debris that could threaten containment lines. Stumps and downed logs in the interior may smolder for some time. Air support was not needed the last two days, but is readily available.

Fire managers are now repairing the impact of fire suppression activity, including restoring trails and building water bars to prevent erosion. Local land management agencies are also assessing fire damage to natural resources.

Northwest Incident Management Team 12 under Incident Commander Richy Harrod is managing the wildfire in conjunction with local land management agencies. Team 12 is adjusting the number of resources to accommodate the current and expected workload.

EVACUATIONS: A Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation notification remains in place for Ana Estates and along Hwy. 31 two miles north of Forest Road 2901 and extends two miles south of The Lodge at Summer Lake, as well as all of Ana Estates.

RESTRICTIONS: Highway 31 is open with flaggers managing through traffic during fire operations. Motorists should use extra care, expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
CLOSURES: Fremont Point Lookout was not affected, however, it is closed through August 1 to allow unrestricted suppression and recovery traffic in the area.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Through traffic is returning to normal levels along Hwy. 31. Please use care and watch for slower-moving vehicles, including fire and ranch equipment. Please use extreme care with any heat source, spark or open flame.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ana Fire update for Thursday, July 13, 2017


Size: 5,874 acres                  
Containment: 75%               
Personnel: 316
Start Date: July 8                                         
Cause: Human and Under Investigation
Fuel Type: Grass, Brush and Timber                    
Location: Summer Lake, Oregon
Containment lines will be tested today with wind gusts expected to exceed 20 mph.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area south of the fire from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with strong, gusty winds, low relative humidity and high fire danger.
YESTERDAY’S OPERATIONS: Fire activity on the perimeter was minimal. Crews continue to patrol the entire fire area, looking for and extinguishing heat sources.
Forest Road 2901 was graded and watered, restoring it to pre-incident condition.
TODAY’S OPERATIONS: Firefighters continue building a southern containment line across Winter Rim between Hwy. 31 and Forest Road 2901 to protect private property and commercial timber.
Crews are extinguishing any hot spots or smoldering debris that could threaten containment lines. Stumps and downed logs in the interior may smolder for some time. Air support was not needed the last two days, but is readily available.
Fire managers are now repairing the impact of fire suppression activity, including restoring trails and building water bars to prevent erosion. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management personnel are assessing fire damage to natural resources and plan ongoing repairs.
Northwest Incident Management Team 12 under Incident Commander Richy Harrod is managing the wildfire in conjunction with local land management agencies. Team 12 is adjusting the number of resources to accommodate the current and expected workload.
EVACUATIONS: A Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation notification remains in place for Ana Estates and along Hwy. 31 two miles north of Forest Road 2901 and extends two miles south of The Lodge at Summer Lake, as well as all of Ana Estates.
RESTRICTIONS: Highway 31 is open with flaggers managing through traffic during fire operations. Motorists should use extra care, expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
CLOSURES: Fremont Point Lookout was not affected, however, it is closed through August 1 to allow unrestricted suppression and recovery traffic in the area.
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Through traffic is returning to normal levels along Hwy. 31. Please use care and watch for slower-moving vehicles, including fire and ranch equipment. Please use extreme care with any heat source, spark or open flame.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ana Fire evening update for Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Size: 5,874 acres                               Containment: 50%                             Personnel: 405

Start Date: July 8                              Cause: Human Caused and Under Investigation

Fuel Type: Grass, Brush and Timber                     Location: Summer Lake, Oregon

This will be the final evening update unless significant fire activity occurs.

For the second consecutive day, minimal fire activity was observed on the entire fire perimeter. The change in acreage is due to more precise mapping.

TODAY’S OPERATIONS: Firefighters took advantage of these benign conditions to secure containment lines on the southern perimeter with the primary effort connecting completed fireline from Highway 31 to Forest Road 2901 along Winter Rim.

Crews continued patrol and mop up operations along the west, north and east flanks of the fire, extinguishing all burning woody debris that could threaten containment lines. Fire managers are also assessing repair work that will address the impact from fire suppression activities.

Unburned pockets of fuel with large downed logs continue burning well within the fire perimeter producing smoke that may be seen from the local communities, but pose no threat to fire containment.

Northwest Incident Management Team 12 under Incident Commander Richy Harrod is managing the wildfire in conjunction with local land management agencies. Team 12 is adjusting the number of resources to accommodate the current and expected workload, where excess resources are being reassigned to higher priority fires.
EVACUATIONS: The evacuation notification in place for the area along Highway 31 was reduced to Level 1 (get ready). This notice covers two miles north of Forest Road 2901 and extends two miles south of The Lodge at Summer Lake, as well as all of Ana Estates.
RESTRICTIONS: Highway 31 is open with flaggers managing through traffic during fire operations. Motorists should use extra care, expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
CLOSURES: Fremont Point Lookout was not affected, however, the Fremont-Winema National Forest has closed the site through August 1 to allow unrestricted suppression and recovery traffic in the area. Reservation holders will be notified and receive a refund.

SAFETY MESSAGE: With the potential for any heat source to ignite a wildfire, please be extremely careful when using power tools, firearms and vehicles as well as more traditional sources of fire, such as matches and lighters.

CONTACT INFO: Fire information and media contact - (458) 206-1737, email; scofmp.fire.info@gmail.com.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increases (IFPL 2) Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Lakeview, OR– Effective 12:01 a.m. (0001 hrs.) today, July 12th, Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) has increased to Level 2 on the following lands in the SCOFMP area:
Those administered by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Lakeview District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex are effected.
These SCOFMP areas are excluded from IFPL changes:
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Lakeview District BLM lands within the Klamath Falls Resource Area west of Langell Valley.  This area is under the protection of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
Information regarding restrictions that apply to ODF protected lands may be obtained by calling (541) 883-5681 or visiting the following Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/ifpl.aspx
Under IFPL 2, the following fire precautionary requirements are placed on power saw operations:
  • Power saws and welding equipment may not be operated between the hours of 1 p.m. (1300 hours) and 8 p.m. (2000 hours).
  • All power saw exhaust systems must be in good repair and include a screen-type spark arrester of 0.023 inches or less.
  • All power saw operators must be in possession of the following equipment:
    1. A long-handled, round point shovel with a blade not less than eight inches wide.
    1. A pressurized chemical fire extinguisher of not less than eight ounces capacity by weight.
  • Before refueling a power saw, the refueling spot must be clear of all flammable material, including vegetation. The chainsaw must be restarted only after the operator has moved away from the refueling area.
  • All power saw operators must stay in the cutting area for one hour after the chainsaw is shut off to watch for fire starts.
Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands. Failure to comply with fire precautionary requirements may result in the issuance of a Violation Notice.

Information on the IFPL or current restrictions may be obtained by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6259 or visiting its Web site at: http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the lands administered and protected by each agency.

Participating agencies include: Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Crater Lake National Park and state lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Sarah Saarloos with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at 541-219-0515 or ssaarloos@fs.fed.us. Daily wildfire information, maps and social media links can be found at SCOFMP Blog: http://bit.ly/2sK5YHY



July 20, 2017 West Drews Prescribe Fire Smoke

Drift smoke can be seen from Highway 140 (photo from lookout). Smoke is currently being responded to by Firefighters in the area to extin...