Central Oregon

Wildfire picture quiets down, but danger remains

Recent rains helped, but woods still very dry

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - Few reports have come in for new fire starts over the last 24 hours, the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center reported Sunday.

COIDC and associated resources remain at 100 percent initial attack capability due to a continued risk of wildfire in the area.  Resources are actively patrolling for holdover fires, as fuels dry, after the rain earlier in the week, officials said.

Although the fire danger has decreased in the past week, public use restrictions as well as an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL III) are still in place.  Public use restrictions are measures put in place to reduce the risk of wildfire when fire danger is extreme.  

Currently open fires, including charcoal fires, are prohibited except in designated campgrounds.  The IFPL III applies to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District and means that personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws. 

For details on these specific restrictions, please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-416-6811

For maps and information on the recent changes to the closure associated with the Muskrat Fire and the Bridge 99 Complex, visit the Deschutes National Forest webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices or call the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. 

Hand crews and wildland fire modules continue to hold containment lines, mop up, and begin rehab within the Three Sisters Wilderness.

The region also continues to share resources as they come available with other fires across Oregon and Washington. 

All IFPL levels and personal use restrictions are going to remain in place for the foreseeable future, said Forest Service spokeswoman Kassidy Kern.

To the east, the South Fork Complex continues to burn about five miles south of Dayville around the south fork of the John Day River.  The fire is burning in a mix of private, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife managed lands.

Currently, the South Fork Complex is 66 percent contained, with an estimated containment date of Sept. 1, officials said Sunday.

There are continued closures in place due to fire activity.  The fire information number for this incident is 866-347-0636 or find the most recent closures and announcements at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/.

Central Oregon wildfire info is compiled at: http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ and larger Oregon fires can be tracked at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/38/

Here's Friday's Oregon Department of Forestry update on blazes burning around the state:


There are no new large fires to report in the past 24 hours. This will be the final update until Monday, August 18, pending any new fire activity over the weekend.

Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated fire temperature this week.

Southwest Oregon
? Rogue River Drive: located near Shady Cove in Jackson County (15 miles north of Medford), currently at 492 acres, and 50% contained. Today's priority includes continued mop-up of the area. No structures have been lost. More information: ODF Medford Unit 541-664-3328 | Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/ | Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/ | NWCC - www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx

Northeast Oregon
? 5 Mile Fire: this will be the final update for the 5 Mile Fire: a 4,524 acre fire is 95% contained. It started Aug. 3 about 2 miles south of Imnaha. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4048/ | Information Contact Number: 541-432-0119.

Central Oregon
? South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands): these July 31 lightning-caused fires cover 64,809 acres and are 50% contained. A closure is in place on the Malheur and Ochoco National Forests surrounding the fires. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ | Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636 www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com | southforkcomplex@gmail.com


More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/


Due to heavy firefighting activity our fire statistics have not been updated. They will return when the database has been made current. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.


ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry. For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

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