Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday, September 25th BMIDC Morning Briefing

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
BMIDC's Website
9/24 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
9/24
No New Incidents to Report

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday, September 24th BMIDC Morning Briefing

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
BMIDC's Website
9/23 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
1
0.1
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
1
0.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
9/23

Inc. 1025 (Simons Fire) Human Caused. Contained 9/23

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Prescribed Burning Projects to Begin on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Katy Gray – (541)519-4623                                                                                        
Steven Hawkins – (541)523-1262


BAKER CITY, OR – The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will begin implementing its prescribed burning program following wetting rains and milder weather this fall. Prescribed fire managers are planning to implement hazardous fuel reduction burns beginning at many project sights.

Prescribed fire is a major component of the Cohesive Wildfire Strategy to meet the goals of restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes and creating fire adapted communities. Prescribed burning is done to reduce dead and down fuels, selectively thin understory trees in dense forested stands, stimulate fire tolerant plant species, enhance forage and browse, reduce the risk of large stand-replacement fires, create strategic fuels breaks allowing safe fire suppression activities in the urban interface, and restore fire under controlled conditions as a disturbance factor in these landscapes. Prescribed burns can range from ten acres to thousands of acres in size. Prescribed burns often are accomplished with combined resources of local rural fire departments, contractors, and State and other federal fire agencies.

Actual acres within a project areas may vary due to fuel conditions, smoke dispersion, wind patterns, and other variables. Acres may be higher or lower in some project areas than listed. Weather patterns, fuel conditions, and smoke dispersion will determine exactly where and when units are ignited within the project areas. It is anticipated that not all areas will be within prescription and will not be implemented this spring, while other project areas may have additional acres within prescription that may be implemented.

The Wallowa-Whitman plans to burn approximately 12,000 acres across the forest this fall beginning as early as the last week of September. Updates on specific burn units and implementation dates will be provided on the InciWeb page noted below.

For more information about the Wallowa Whitman prescribed burning program, you may contact Steve Hawkins at 541-523-1262, or visit the forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/Fire-Aviation or view updated Prescribe Burning information including the fall 2016, burn unit maps on InciWeb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5041/

Fire history studies have shown that fire was a dominant natural process in the Blue Mountains, maintaining a more open and park-like condition throughout the low- to mid-elevation forests.  Low-intensity surface-fires burned throughout these drier forests and grasslands perpetuating open, park-like stands of fire tolerant tree species such as ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and larch.

Hazardous fuel reduction is not without impacts. Smoke associated with prescribed burning is a major concern and the hardest to forecast in the implementation planning process. Prescribed fire managers work closely with the Oregon State Smoke Forecast Center in accordance with the Oregon Smoke Management Plan to determine when, where, and how much is burned on a daily basis. Smoke dispersion models are used to look at the volume of smoke, the direction of spread and the mixing height prior to each burn. If a burn is forecasted to produce smoke that will be a significant impact to a community or sensitive area it is rescheduled until there is a more favorable weather forecast.

Burning is part of the series of fuel reduction treatments intended to decrease the damage done by wildfires, including reducing the amount of smoke that typically impacts communities during the fire season. The intent is to keep smoke out of populated areas.  Burning under controlled conditions reduces surface and ladder fuels setting the stage to limit future high intensity unplanned fires and the smoke that they would produce. Many areas are burned on 10 to 15 year rotations to limit fuels accumulations and enhance forage and browse important to wildlife.

Wallowa-Whitman forest managers have been successfully conducting prescribed burning operations for fuel reduction for over 20 years, and plan to continue into the foreseeable future. In the last 5 the forest has increased prescribed burning by 20%. Twenty thousand acres of hazardous fuels were treated last year.

Proposed Burn Units for Fall 2016 Prescribe Burning:
Whitman Ranger District (WRD) – 541-523-4476 (Baker, Halfway, and Unity).  The WRD plans to conduct prescribed burning on 3,000 acres this fall, which may include:
  • Foothills (200 acres)  4 miles west of Baker City ,OR
  • Deer (800 acres) – 3 miles northeast of Sumpter, OR
·         Union Miners (500 acres)  7 miles east of  Sumpter, OR
  • Mile 9 (500 acres) 6 miles northwest of Unity, OR
  • Goose (1500 acres) 17 miles northwest of Richland, OR
  • Pine Valley (600 acres) 6 miles north/northwest of Halfway, OR
  • East Pine (600acres) – 6 miles north of Halfway, OR
  • Barnard (500 acres) – 6 miles northwest of Halfway, OR
  • Baboon (150 acres) – 5 miles east of Sumpter, OR
  • California (600 acres) – 10 miles southwest of Sumpter, OR
  • Greenhorn (250 acres) – 1 mile southeast of Greenhorn, OR
  • Broman (1500 acres) – 8 miles northwest of Unity, OR
The Wallowa Fire Zone (WFZ) - 541-426-4978 (Wallowa Valley Ranger District, Hells Canyon NRA and Eagle Cap Ranger District).  The WFZ plans to conduct prescribed burning of up to 6,000 acres this fall, which may include:
  • Minam 4 (1800) – 10 miles southwest of Wallowa, OR
  • Puderbaugh 504 (2500 acres) – 25 miles southeast of Joseph, OR
  • B-Vine (5000 acres) 30 miles north/northeast of Enterprise, OR
The Grande Ronde Fire Zone (GRFZ) – 541-963-7186 (La Grande Ranger District). The GRFZ plans to conduct prescribed burning on up to 3000 acres this fall, which may include:
  • Bald Angel (2000 acres) 5 Miles northeast of Medical Springs, OR
  • Blue Fly (200 acres) –  12 miles south of Starkey, OR
  • Mc Meadow(720 acres) –  10 miles west of Starkey, OR
  • Little Bear (179 acres) – 10 east of Union, OR
  • Trail (181 acres) – 7 miles west of La Grande, OR
  • Bird Track (500 acres) – 7 miles west of La Grande, OR
  • Rooster (64 acres) – 24 miles south of La Grande, OR


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BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Friday, September 23nd, 2016
BMIDC's Website
9/22 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
9/22

No Activity To Report

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Regulated-Use Closure Terminated on Lands Protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Season Still in Effect

As of 12:01 am, September 23, 2016, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the Regulated-Use Closure for forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District.  Due to the change in weather, the closure and the associated fire prevention restrictions are no longer necessary.  Campfires fires are now allowed with landowner permission.  Joseph Goebel, Wallowa Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions “While we are trending towards cooler fall weather, the conditions can change rapidly.  Parts of the region have gotten some moisture and while that has helped, there is still a danger of fire spreading.  Make sure you’re cautious with campfires and debris burning and ensure they are dead out before leaving them unattended.”

While fire restrictions have eased, Fire Season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.  Burn permits are required for all open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels.  ODF will still need to issue a burn permit for any open burns or burn barrels within the protection district until weather conditions warrant an end to fire season.    

The Northeast Oregon District includes lands in the following counties:  Union, Baker, Umatilla, Wallowa and small portions of Grant, Morrow and Malheur counties.

To obtain a burn permit from ODF, call your local ODF office:
La Grande Unit           (541)963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit   (541)523-5831
Wallowa Unit             (541)886-2881
Pendleton Unit            (541)276-3491

Fire restrictions may differ on lands protected by rural fire departments or lands managed by the US Forest Service or BLM.  Check local regulations before burning.  More information on fire restrictions can be found the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website at www.bmidc.org.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541)963-7171, or dial 9-1-1. 
        
http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 



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BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
BMIDC's Website
9/21 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
1
.1
Total
1
.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
9/21

No Activity To Report

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
BMIDC's Website
9/20 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
9/20

No Activity To Report