Sunday, July 15, 2018

South Central Oregon Wildland Firefighters Respond to Numerous Lightning Fires


LAKEVIEW, Ore. – South central Oregon wildland firefighters responded to numerous lightning caused fires over the weekend.
As of 5 p.m. today, wildland firefighters have responded to over 20 confirmed fires caused by lighting.
The six acre Randy fire is located approximately eight miles east of Bonanza and the largest incident from the weekend. Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management is the lead agency responding to the Randy fire and has initiated a full suppression response with assistance from Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry.
Firefighters from all partner agencies assisted with the weekend response to the numerous lightning strikes. Crater Lake National Park was especially hit hard with eight of the lighting starts.
Firefighting efforts were bolstered by advanced planning performed by fire managers in prepositioning additional resources that were requested in preparation for the forecasted lightning strikes.
Current forecasts indicate a reduced probability of lighting over the next few days with additional strikes possible in the middle or latter part of the week.
Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees.
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership provides comprehensive fire services to more than eight million acres of land administered by Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management; Fremont-Winema National Forest; Oregon Department of Forestry Klamath-Lake District; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge; and National Park Service Crater Lake National Park. The area encompasses federal, state and private lands within south central Oregon and northwest Nevada.
Get our most recent updates online at https://scofmp.blogspot.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at twitter.com/SCOFMPFireInfo.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

South Central Oregon Wildland Firefighters Ready for Lightning

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – South central Oregon wildland firefighters have prepositioned themselves for forecasted lightning strikes this weekend.
Weather forecasts indicate a slight chance of lightning strikes this afternoon and Saturday which will increase on Sunday. Additional lightning is possible middle to late next week. Fire danger levels remain high in the region as temperatures are forecast to be ten to fifteen degrees above normal.
In an abundance of caution to preserve public safety, fire managers have added one Type 2 helicopter, one Single Engine Air Tanker, and a detection aircraft from the U.S. Forest Service; as well as a Type 3 helicopter and strike-team of engines from the Oregon Department of Forestry.
This is in addition to the regular complement of crews and equipment from partner agencies that stand prepared to respond to any reported wildfires.
Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees.
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership provides comprehensive fire services to more than eight million acres of land administered by Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management; Fremont-Winema National Forest; Oregon Department of Forestry Klamath-Lake District; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge; and National Park Service Crater Lake National Park. The area encompasses federal, state and private lands within south central Oregon and northwest Nevada.
Get our most recent updates online at https://scofmp.blogspot.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at twitter.com/SCOFMPFireInfo.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Crater Lake National Park Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions


Crater Lake National Park News Release
July 12, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ed Waldron (541)594-3062, Ed_Waldron@nps.gov
Marsha McCabe (541) 594-3091, Marsha_McCabe@nps.gov

Crater Lake National Park Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – The park received below average snowfall this winter and continues to have below average precipitation. Temperatures have been warmer than normal and the first heat wave is expected by the end of the week. This has increased the fire danger at Crater Lake National Park. The outlook for significant wildland fire potential is above normal for the next several months.

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following restrictions will be implemented effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018:

Campfires
·         Backcountry campfires are prohibited.
·         Wood fires and charcoal fires are permitted only within established grills or fire rings, or portable self-contained grills, in the following designated areas:
o   Mazama Campground
o   Park residential areas
·         Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas, and residential areas.

Smoking
·         Smoking is permitted only in the following areas:
o   In vehicles, provided that an ashtray is used for ashes and butts.
o   While stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or free of all flammable materials. Ashes and butts must be disposed of safely and may not be discarded on the ground.

Fireworks
·         Fireworks are prohibited in the park at all times.

These restrictions are implemented pursuant to the authority described in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(a)(2), 2.13(c) and 2.21(a). Our goal is voluntary compliance; however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Link Trail Fire Contained


KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – the Link Trail fire, which burned 30 acres between the Link River and Highway 97 is now 100% contained effective 8:42 p.m. yesterday.
Containment is a measure of how much of a fuel break has been completed around the fire.
Multiple agencies responded, including Oregon Department of Forestry, Fremont-Winema National Forest, Klamath County Fire District 1, Keno Rural Fire Protection District, Chiloquin Fire and Rescue, Klamath County Fire District 4, Kingsley Field Fire Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Emergency Management, PacifiCorp, and Bureau of Reclamation.
Active firefighting operations have been completed. Crews from Klamath County Fire District 1 and Oregon Department of Forestry are conducting mop up operations and projected to continue doing so for the next 72 hours. This will extinguish any remaining embers or hot spots.
No evacuations were ordered. There were no injuries and no structural damage. Highway 97 was closed for several hours to allow responders and aircraft safe access to the scene.
Fire danger in our local region is rated High at this time. The best place to find information about wildfires in South Central Oregon is the Fire Management Partnership webpage: http://www.scofmp.org/.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Fire agencies would like to share recommendations to Klamath County residents regarding actions to take before and during a wild fire in your area. Please see the attached pamphlet.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Wildfire in California Avenue Area of Klamath Falls Confirmed


LAKEVIEW, Ore. – A wildfire was reported at 1:44 p.m., and confirmed, in the California Avenue area of Klamath Falls today.
The Link Trail fire is currently zero percent contained and assessed at 25 acres.
Eight firefighting engines, one heavy air tanker, one Single Engine Air Tanker, two helicopters with water buckets, two support aircraft, and a bulldozer have responded to the fire. Responders are from the Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service. The Klamath County Fire Department also responded with additional resources for structural firefighting.
Fire managers are utilizing a full suppression strategy to contain the fire. Structures and community safety are at risk from the fire; there are no injuries or damage to structures reported at this time.
Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and watch for traffic from increased fire personnel and smoke in the area.
The cause of the fire in under investigation at this time.
Every fire can appear different visually depending on the forest type, fuel load and how long fire has been absent from the area. This includes wildfires and prescribed fires.
Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees.
Get our most recent updates online at https://scofmp.blogspot.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at @SCOFMPFireInfo.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increasing


LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Fire managers from South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership have increased Industrial Fire Precaution Levels to two for all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service lands within the SCOFMP footprint, effective Wednesday, July 11.
The decision to increase the IFPL was made based on current temperatures, relative humidity and fuel levels, and projected worsening conditions over the next week.
For public safety, the designation of IFPL two restricts the following industrial operations to only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time (ie afternoon usage restricted):
Ø  Power saws, except at loading sites.
Ø  Cable yarding.
Ø  Blasting.
Ø  Welding or cutting of metal.
Existing industrial restrictions already in place remain in effect. Keep track of IFPL levels at the SCOFMP website: https://scofmp.org/ifpls.shtml.

Additional public restrictions already in place are as follows:
Ø  Regulated Use Closures already in place restrict, on state, county and private lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District ODF and Walker Range FPA, the following activities:
ü  Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles on roads
ü  Camping, cooking or warming fires prohibited, except in following designated locations:
                                                              i.      Klamath County: Collier State Park, Kimball State Park and Hagelstein Park (county).
                                                            ii.      Lake County: Goose Lake State Park.
Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels permitted at all other locations.
ü  Off road driving and motorized vehicles on un-improved roads is prohibited.
ü  Use of fireworks is prohibited (ie any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes and sparklers).
ü  Possession of a full size axe, shovel and 2 ½ pound fire extinguisher or filled gallon water container is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state and county roads.
ü  Debris burning.
ü  Also prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.:
                                                        i.            Non-industrial chain saw use.
                                                      ii.            Cutting, grinding and welding of metal on forested lands.
ü  Release of sky lanterns.
ü  Discharge of exploding targets or tracer ammunition.
Keep track of restrictions and closures emplaced by Oregon Department of Forestry on their website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.
There are currently no public use restrictions on federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, or National Park Service, so charcoal grills, propane stoves and campfires are allowed. Campgrounds with existing fire rings are recommended for use and visitors are reminded to monitor fires at all times and make sure they’re completely out and cold to the touch, before leaving. Visitors and residents are reminded that fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited year round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. This includes smaller devices like sparklers and poppers which still have to potential to start a fire.
Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees.
Get our most recent updates online at https://scofmp.blogspot.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Wildfire near Hart Lake Now Contained



1301 South G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2018
Media Contact: Bariki Mallya
Phone: 541-947-6157
bmallya@fs.fed.us
Twitter @scofmpfireinfo http://facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo

Wildfire near Hart Lake Now Contained

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – A wildfire was confirmed at The Narrows, between Hart and Crump Lakes, approximately 5 miles south of Plush yesterday and is now considered contained.
The Narrows fire was reported at 11:16 a.m. yesterday and reported contained later that evening at 9:00 p.m. The fire was sized at 10 acres.
Five firefighting engines, one helicopter with water bucket, two Single Engine Air Tanker, one heavy air tanker, one Air Attack aircraft and a 20 person hand crew responded to the incident. Responders were from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Warner Valley Rural Fire Protection Agency.
Fire managers utilized a full suppression strategy to contain the fire. There were no injuries or damage to structures.
Firefighters are projected to continue mop-up operations for approximately 72 hours, extinguishing any remaining embers or hot spots.
Red flag warnings for high winds and low relative humidity were issued for the area from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. yesterday.
High Fire Danger was declared July 4 by Oregon Department of Forestry for all SCOFMP management areas.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Every fire can appear different visually depending on the forest type, fuel load and how long fire has been absent from the area. This includes wildfires nd prescribed fires.
Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees.
For more information, please contact Bariki Mallya at 541-947-6157. Or get our most recent updates online at scofmp.org/lifc.shtml, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at @SCOFMPFireInfo.
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South Central Oregon Wildland Firefighters Respond to Numerous Lightning Fires

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – South central Oregon wildland firefighters responded to numerous lightning caused fires over the weekend. As of 5 p.m. ...