Sunday, September 27, 2020

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Sunday, September 27, 2020

 

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING

Sunday, September 27, 2020

BMIDC WEBSITE

9/26 (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK

Fires

Acres

Umatilla National Forest

1

.1

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

1

.1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

9/26

OR-UMF-001255, Lookingglass.  WWRD.  Little Lookingglass Creek Area.  20 Miles North of Elgin, OR.  .1 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Resources Responded 9/26.  Grass and Timber.

For Incident Information, please visit,  http://www.wildcad.net/WCORBMC.htm

Example OR-WWF-000206, East Pine.  BPFZ.  T7S R46E Sec 16 NESW.  Fish Lake Road Area.  6 Miles North of Halfway, OR.  1.3 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Grass and Timber.  

Saturday, September 26, 2020

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Saturday, September 26, 2020

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING

Saturday, September 26, 2020

BMIDC WEBSITE

9/24 (NEW) INITIAL 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

9/25

 

No Activity Yesterday

 

For Incident Information, please visit,  http://www.wildcad.net/WCORBMC.htm

 

Example OR-WWF-000206, East Pine.  BPFZ.  T7S R46E Sec 16 NESW.  Fish Lake Road Area.  6 Miles North of Halfway, OR.  1.3 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Grass and Timber.

 

Friday, September 25, 2020

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Friday, September 25, 2020

 

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING

Friday, September 25, 2020

BMIDC WEBSITE

9/24 (NEW) INITIAL 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

1

0.1

BIA Umatilla Agency

1

0.1

Total

2

0.2

INCIDENT SUMMARY

9/24

OR-DNR-201241, East Mountain. WA DNR. 7N R45E Sec 8. Near East Mountain Rd, 15 Miles SW of Asotin, WA. 0.1 Acres. Human Caused. Resources Responded 9/24. Grass/slash. Out 9/24 1906.

OR-BIA-001240, Tamarack Loop. BIA UMA. 2N R33E Sec 11. Mission Area, 1 Mile East of Mission, OR. 0.1 Acres. Human Caused. Resources Responded 9/24. Grass.

For Incident Information, please visit,  http://www.wildcad.net/WCORBMC.htm

Example OR-WWF-000206, East Pine.  BPFZ.  T7S R46E Sec 16 NESW.  Fish Lake Road Area.  6 Miles North of Halfway, OR.  1.3 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Grass and Timber.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Area closure to be lifted on the Rattlesnake Fire

Contact: Darcy Weseman (541) 278-3722

September 24, 2020 


Road closures remain in place due to flood damage

PENDLETON, Ore. –  With improved weather conditions and reduced suppression activities, the Umatilla National Forest will lift the area closure for the Rattlesnake Fire on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, to provide access into that portion of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.  The Rattlesnake Fire is 100% contained and is currently in patrol status. 

While the area closure has been lifted the road closures remain in place. These closures include a portion of Forest Service Road (FSR) 47 from the bridge to the intersection with FSR 4712 and FSR 4713, which also both remain closed. 

The roads within this area are closed while ongoing repair work is completed to fix washouts, debris slides, hazard trees, and other damage. The Tucannon watershed experienced substantial road and trail damage from the February 2020 region-wide flooding across northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. Due to significant flood damage, long-term temporary closures along the Tucannon River were put in place until critical repairs could be completed. Areas of FSR 47 still are unsafe for public travel due to unstable conditions, including debris slides and washouts. Forest staff are currently working to repair damage.

Detailed closure maps are available on the Forest website and at any Forest office. Closure signs will also be posted on the ground.

People intending to hike into, or near, the fire area should always remain alert and be aware of increased hazards, particularly snags (which are recently burned or dead trees). Dead or dying trees that remain standing after a fire are unstable, especially in high winds. Loose rocks and logs can be present in a burned area and are unpredictable, creating a falling a hazard. Additionally, burned vegetation can also contribute to landslides, mudslides and erosion when rain occurs. The ground in a burned area can also be unstable, due to burned-out roots beneath the surface.  After soils and vegetation have been charred, rainfall that would normally be absorbed could run off extremely quickly.

Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at HIGH and Public Use Restrictions involving chainsaw use are in effect. 

Regulated closures have also been implemented on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon. Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR).  

For more information regarding Restrictions, please contact the Umatilla National Forest information hotline at (877) 958-9663.  The latest fire information will be posted on the Blue Mountains Fire Information Blog. To receive updates on fires in the Blue Mountains, follow our blog at http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/. 

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Use caution despite recent precipitation

 La Grande, OR-The recent precipitation was welcomed by fire managers throughout the region, but they are reminding the public that this was a temporary reprieve. While the moisture will help curb fire activity in the short-term, the forecast of warmer and drier weather will quickly dry fuels back out.

“When we get these fall storms, there is often a sense that the fire danger is all gone. The rains that we experienced were fairly spotty and not all of our area received moisture. As the warmer and drier temperatures return next week, it won’t take long for the lighter fuels to dry out. The heavy fuels won’t see the instant spike in moisture and we could see high fire activity again.” said Logan McCrae, La Grande Unit Forester.

This year to date, 50% of the acres burned on lands protected by the ODF Northeast Oregon District have been human-caused. Human-caused fire starts include debris burning, abandoned campfires and equipment use. Equipment use fires are of particular concern because these starts include fires that were ignited by ATV use and driving vehicles off of improved roads. These types of incidents are preventable, making this upward trend concerning to fire managers.

“We watch the fire danger measurements closely and will lower our restrictions as soon as we know our fire danger has decreased. At this point, we expect that any fire starts we see will be human-caused. These are the fires we can all work to prevent.” McCrae said.

Citizens are asked to continue to use caution and adhere to the Public Use Restrictions, also known as Regulated Use Closure, in effect for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. The public is also reminded that the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, as well as the BLM are currently under public use restrictions. Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org.

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.

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BMIDC Morning Briefing, Thursday, September 24, 2020

 

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING

Thursday, September 24, 2020

BMIDC WEBSITE

9/23 (NEW) INITIAL 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

9/23

No New Incidents

For Incident Information, please visit,  http://www.wildcad.net/WCORBMC.htm

Example OR-WWF-000206, East Pine.  BPFZ.  T7S R46E Sec 16 NESW.  Fish Lake Road Area.  6 Miles North of Halfway, OR.  1.3 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Grass and Timber.